Fiat 500L five-door spottedWed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 -0700
Autoweek spotted this manufacturer-plated Fiat 500L earlier this week on the streets of suburban Detroit. With its round headlights and cheerful grille, the five-door hatchback's resemblance to its three-door cousin is apparent even under its coat of liberally applied camouflage.
While the 500L and the smaller 500 models share similar styling cues, the subcompact hatch is not just a slightly stretched 500 with two extra doors. Instead, the 500L is based on a widened version of the subcompact Fiat Punto. Fiat plans to use the Punto platform to expand the 500 range even further—in Europe at least—with a crossover named the 500X.
The 500L will hit European markets this summer in both five- and seven-seat variants. Only the five-seat version will be available to American consumers when the 500L arrives in Fiat's showrooms in early 2013. Engine details are sparse, but some variation of the 1.4-liter four-cylinder available in the 500 is likely.
A rear shot of the Fiat 500L under camouflage.
By Graham Kozak