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New 500L launched

by David Zatz on

Fiat has launched a new generation of the 500L, their answer to the Mini Clubman — a popular crossover in Europe, and a dismally poor seller in the United States and Canada. The company claims that 40% of all components are new.

2018 500L

The car now has a seven-inch UConnect stereo option, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built in. Three models will be Urban, Cross, and Wagon. The Urban appears to be the base model; the Cross adds a “mode selector,” 25 mm more ground clearance, and skid plates in front and rear.

New safety features include autonomous braking (which works at under 30 km/h); depending on the region, buyers can get it with gasoline, propane, methane, and diesel engines, with five or six speed manual or automatic transmissions.

500L vs 500L

A new cosmetic feature is LED daytime running lights which “pick up the circular graphics of the two zeros in 500.” There will be three types of roof, body-color, glossy black, glossy white, or matt black.

Inside, the cabin has been upgraded for more comfort, with a new corporate steering wheel, tachometer and speedometer on either side of a 3.5 inch digital gauge display, wraparound glass, large sunroof, and a higher gear lever. The maximum cargo space (with rear seat forward) is 455 liters — 638 liters for the two-row Wagon. A three-row Wagon will be available as well (416 liters of space).

Worldwide engines at launch are a 95 hp 1.4, 120 hp 1.4, and 105 hp  two-cylinder; the 1.4 can be ordered in bi-fuel mode with propane, and the TwinAir can be ordered in bi-fuel with methane (85 hp). The 95 hp and 120 hp MultiJet diesels are also available in some regions, meeting Euro 6 standards.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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