The 500L defies convention owing to its MPV passenger space, the feel of a small SUV on the road and levels of efficiency typical of a compact car.
The letter ‘L’ sums up the three dimensions: Large; functionality and space; Light; ‘lightness’ means user-friendly technology and eco-friendliness; and Loft; a trend-setting environment where one can live life to the fullest.
“Lightness’ a feeling that improves and simplifies the quality of life for the occupant’s benefit. Fiat cars offer sophisticated yet straightforward technological solutions that satisfy both the needs of everyday mobility as well as the growing social awareness of others, the environment and safety issues. Light also is the simplicity of use of the on-board technology of the new car. The 500L is the first car of the Fiat group to be equipped with a multimedia device based on the new generation of the Uconnect infotainment platform. This system manages all media content: radio, mobile phone, iPod and navigation, while keeping the driver hands-free.
The system also includes an advanced Bluetooth interface to access extra functions such as phone call management or reading received SMS text messages via text-to-speech technology, the innovative Audio Streaming system that reproduces music files and web radio stations directly from your smartphone in streaming via Bluetooth on the UConnect device.
Today’s car must be “light” for the environment as well as the wallet of its driver. Reduced fuel consumption and emissions is therefore an essential requirement for the success of a car. For this reason, the Fiat 500L will be offered with the choice of two efficient engines distinguished by their lower polluting emissions and CO2 levels, corresponding to real economic benefit in everyday use for the customer; a petrol (70kW 1.4l) engine and a turbo-diesel (77kW 1.6l MultiJet 2) engine. Each with different qualities, all exploited to the full in combination with the standard six-speed manual transmission.
All Fiat 500L engines have been meticulously engineered, requiring over 10 000 hours of simulation on test-benches, in addition to extensive road tests under varying climatic conditions.
To guarantee the protection of the passengers, the new 500L combines a body designed to the most modern criteria with active and passive safety content that ensures its optimum class leading performance.
The new 500L’s standard equipment includes six airbags – front, window and side airbags – front headlights with DRL (Daytime Running Lights) function and fog lights with the self-adaptive cornering function. The model also comes standard with ABS, BAS (Brake Assist System) and the sophisticated ESC (Electronic Stability Control) that intervenes in driving conditions close to the limit. It also has an Anti Slip Regulation system that optimises traction at any speed, a Hill Holder system to help the driver start off uphill by keeping the brakes locked making pulling off easier.
The Motor Schleppmoment Regelung is used when there is a brisk down change in poor grip conditions. The Driving Steering Torque improves both driving safety and handling performance. Finally Electronic Rollover Mitigation intervenes when a wheel leaves the road surface and helps restabilise the vehicle and returns control of the car to the driver.
The 500L is available from 35 Fiat dealerships nationwide and comes standard with a three year/100 000km warranty and maintenance plan.