2013 Fiat 500L Details Emerge Ahead of 2012 Geneva Auto Show
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2013 Fiat 500L Details Emerge Ahead of 2012 Geneva Auto Show

2012 Geneva Auto Show


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2012 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Fiat 500L compact crossover will get several engines, including the new 0.9-liter TwinAir, as well as more than 30 exterior color choices — and "fragrance diffusers."
  • Fiat said the five-passenger hatchback will also get an eco:Drive application that gives the driver advice for cutting fuel consumption.
  • The Fiat 500L will also get the optional my:Car, which diagnoses, records and certifies the car's history and state of maintenance.

GENEVA — The 2013 Fiat 500L compact crossover will get several engines, including the new 0.9-liter TwinAir, as well as more than 30 exterior color choices — and "fragrance diffusers." It debuts at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

The Fiat 500L will also get a 1.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine and a MultiJet 1.3-liter diesel engine when it launches in Europe later this year. It will deubt in the U.S. early next year.

Fiat said the five-passenger hatchback will also get an eco:Drive application that gives the driver advice for cutting fuel consumption. The EPA has yet to rate the 2013 Fiat 500L. It will also get the optional my:Car, which diagnoses, records and certifies the car's history and state of maintenance.

The 500L — the L in the car's name stands for "large" — is 163 inches long, 70 inches wide and 65 inches tall.

Fiat 500L buyers will get a choice of white, gray or black for the alloy wheels and a range of accessories, including custom graphics, chrome-plating, ski roof bars and a bicycle holder. The 14-cubic-foot trunk can hold up to five suitcases, said Fiat.

The 500L will be built on Fiat's SUSW (Small U.S. Wide) platform, which also will underpin a new compact Jeep crossover in the U.S., as well as replacements overseas for the Fiat Punto and Palio.

Edmunds.com says: If Fiat wants to succeed in the U.S. it not only needs more models, it needs more practical models. The 500L is a good step in that direction.

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