With overhauled components and specs Fiat has revealed the facelifted 500L .With 40 percent new components , such as automatic emergency braking and availability of Apple Car Play and Android Auto amongst many additions now.It also gets completely new interiors.When it comes to the car’s styling however , the refresh is subtle.
The three variants remain, but are now rechristened as Urban, Cross and Wagon , the Urban being the standard car, Cross being a more off-road version with added ground clearance and styling tweaks, and the Wagon model being the seven-seater extended version, which replaces the MPW.
The Cross’s ride height is 25mm more than its siblings, and gets the usual raft of rugged exterior trim such as skid plates and cladding. It comes with three drive modes – Normal, Traction+ and Gravity Control.
The seven-seater Wagon focuses on versatility and space. Fiat claims around 1,500 configurations are available for the car’s interior, while boot space is the largest in the 500L range, at 638 litres in five-seat configuration or 416 litres with the rearmost seats in place.
Engines have also been overhauled the 1.4-litre 16V and T-Jet petrol units provides 95hp and 120hp respectively, while a 105hp Twinair two-cylinder completes the petrol range. The 1.3-litre 95hp and 120hp 1.6-litre Multijet diesel engines remain, and are Euro-VI emissions compliant.
While the 500L is unlikely to make its way to India.Fiat is currently offering a high performance derivative of the standard 500, the Abarth 595 Competizione at its dealerships.
While Fiat sells other cars in India such as Urban Cross , Abarth Punto , Punto Evo , Punto Pure , Linea , Punto Evo Pure , Avventura , Abarth 595.
Jeep’s entry in India last year at Auto Expo 2016 in Noida , Uttar Pradesh with Wrangler and Cherokee/SRT , and launch of Compass SUV in coming months will increase the sales of Fiat’s Jeep brand here.