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Fiat 500L, the Italian urban minivan keeps up to date

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The main innovations are related to aesthetic adjustments, to a greater technological and connectivity equipment and to new possibilities of personalization

Photo: The 500L Wagon on the left and the Urban on the right.

The Fiat 500 L is up to date. The Italian urban minivan renews 40% of its components to offer an update that includes aesthetic touches and greater technological and connectivity equipment. The 500 L, which has the Urban, Cross and Wagon variants, reshapes its line to follow the identity of the new Fiat family. It is a versatile model in which space is one of its main assets.

Aesthetic changes affect bumpers, optical groups, grille and wheel arches. There are new chrome applications and ten colors with three double-tone combinations for the body, in search of the maximum possibilities of personalization, a key aspect in the whole Fiat 500 family.

Inside, the new dashboard stands out and the final design is inspired by the code of the historic 500. It has a multifunction steering wheel and a graphic display of 3.5 inches in color. In addition, another TFT screen is available. The panoramic glass roof of 1.5 square meters is one of the outstanding options of this new range and can be fixed or practicable with electric drive.

Different sliding compartments have been provided in the passenger compartment and the center console has gained space thanks to the relocation of the gearshift lever. The volume of the trunk, with the rear seat in its most delayed position is 455 liters for Urban and Cross, and 638 liters for the Wagon (416 in the version that offers seven seats). Folding and folding seats, the capacity increases to 1,480 liters and 1,784, respectively, depending on the version. The interior configuration in any of the variants of the 500L is flexible and allows up to 1,500 customizations. Exclusive packages are also offered.

As for safety, the new range of the Fiat 500 L offers the Autonomous City Brake, a driving aid to detect vehicles ahead of less than 30 km / h and that is able to automatically brake the vehicle if the driver does not brake the car.

As for the propellers, the new 500L is the only one on the market that is offered with four engine types for different fuels, gasoline and diesel, but also Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG). Those of petrol are the 1.4 of 95 hp and the tricilindrical 0.9 TwinAir of 105 hp), in diesel there are two alternatives, the diesel 1.3 MultiJet of 95 hp and the 1.6 MultiJet of 120 hp.

As for the LPG uses the propellor 1.4 TJet 120 hp, while for use with natural gas used is the triacylindrical TwinAir 80 hp and 0.9 liter displacement. The transmission can be manual of five or six speeds and automatic robotic Dualogic.

The new Fiat 500L is offered with three very different body types: Urban, Cross and Wagon. In the new Cross version, there is a livability with a certain crossover style. The Cross incorporates the Selector Mode with which you can choose between three forms of driving depending on the conditions of the terrain Normal, Traction + and Gravity Control.

The 500L Cross measures 4.28 m long, 1.80 m wide and 1.68 m high with a wheelbase of 2.61 m. This version is somewhat longer than the Urban (4.28 m by 4.24) includes 25 mm raised suspension and aesthetic details such as a unique design of the bumpers and side, front, rear and lower body protections.

The urban version par excellence of the new 500L is Urban, while for those who need seven seats, Fiat offers the Wagon, with a reconfigurable interior and 4.38 m in length. In terms of finishes, the 500L is offered with the Popstar finish, with a more youthful, functional and practical air. The Lounge finish, more modern and elegant and with more equipment. From this level of equipment, the new range is equipped with new connectivity technologies thanks to the UconnectTM HD Live system with 7 “high resolution touch screen, as well as the Apple Car Play system and Android AutoTM support.

Mopar offers solutions to organize luggage, such as protections, networks and cargo organizers. Also available are portabicicletas, portarasquíes, portacquíes and safes that can be installed in the roof bars and practical solutions with coat racks and supports to fix to the head restraints, protection for the back of the backs, organizer for the front seat with multiple pockets and portatablet .

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