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Fiat India To Launch 500L In 2013

2014 Fiat 500L and 2014 Fiat 500L Trekking

Fiat will launch their own Ertiga beater in mid-2013, the 500L. This car is very practical, has typical Italian good styling and is an excellent city mini-MPV. The Fiat 500L will be powered by the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine with 90 BHP, specially tuned to give better low end torque and refinement as well as a 1.4 FIRE petrol engine with about 94 BHP on tap for the Indian market. Both these engines are already offered on existing Fiat vehicles.

The Fiat 500L is based on an extended Punto platform and the body of the 500. So with dashing good looks, it is spacious and practical with dimensions similar to the Ertiga but slightly wider and shorter. It has as many as 22 storage spaces inside and 400-litres of boot space with the rear adjustable seats pushed forward. Also the rear seats have an option of 60:40 split plus the option of folding down the front passenger seats making this a van if need be. The 500L is a 5-seater and the company might extend the wheelbase and add 2 more seats.

Fiat will launch the 500L in mid 2013 after the announcement of the budget and should be priced at about Rs. 10 lakhs for the diesel version. With parts sharing with the Punto and good amount of localization, Fiat should be able to keep the price as low as possible, making this an extremely good, practical mini-MPV very value for money. If this model gains good sales for Fiat, the Italian company that was struggling to survive in the Indian subcontinent might just see a ray of hope. With Fiat taking all the right steps to improve the dealer and service network, this might just be the perfect opportunity.

2014 Fiat 500L Dashboard

2014 Fiat 500L Side

Source – Topgear India

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  • S Pani

    Well, rather disappointingly, TG India have made a bit of an error. In the article itself they mention that it will probably be a seven seater, but fail to mention that the seven seater variant will be called the 500XL and not 500L. And I seriously doubt it will be coming in 2013-14, considering it’s European launch is also quite a bit away. I think it will be mid 2014 when this thing comes in.

    • Faisal Khan

      S Pani, the 500 XL patents have already leaked. Its a good car to compete with the Ertiga, however as you rightly mentioned, the launch date seems unlikely next year, unless Fiat chooses to make the 500XL’s world debut in India.

    • RAK Nair

      Very good design. The most expected SUV by Indians

  • Varghese chandy

    When is it coming to India? This SUV willexpel XUV500,Ertiga,Innova etc. The car makers great invention

    • Faisal Khan

      Varghese, it is expected in 2014.

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