As the biggest and roomiest model in Fiat’s lineup, the 500L hasn’t been a great seller in the United States. In 2014, it handled to move 12,413 systems but that figure has actually decreased because, with only 3,118 units offered last year. The company is hoping the facelifted model will help increase sales, although there’s no verification it will make its way to the U.S.
The Fiat 500 successfully resurrected an icon with its charming appearances and sentimental beauty. Rather than piggybacking on that success, the larger and more ambiguously styled 500L crossover fizzled here in the U.S.
Facelifted for 2018 for Europe, the updated 500L uses a bounty of choices for potential consumers in regards to trim, color, and powertrain. Fiat likewise states 40 percent of the 2018 500L’s components are brand-new to boot.
2018 Fiat 500L Design
Fiat declares the interior is brand-new, however it looks quite near to the old one. The updates are mild, concentrating on light visual updates to this MPV’s overly round kind. There are new accents in the headlights, new running lights and a lower grille with some chrome-looking mesh. Out back, the reverse lights are now lower on the bumper. Depending on the trim level selected, different bumpers are readily available, however none are what I ‘d call “quite.”.
2018 Fiat 500L Trim Levels and Features
3 trim levels are offered: Urban, Wagon, and Cross. Urban stresses city driving while Wagon provides a seating plan for seven people. Cross is the most off-road capable with almost an inch of heightened ground clearance along with a new bumper design and brand-new front and rear skid plates.
Fiat is doubling down on the 500L’s crossover appeal in the Cross configuration. It provides three driving modes through the 3.5-inch display in the instrument cluster: Normal, Traction+, and Gravity control, which maintains speed while owning down a slope.
Fiat’s City Brake system is provided throughout the range, supplying automatic braking in the event of an upcoming crash. It also features an updated rear-parking cam for much better exposure.
A 7-inch touchscreen controls Uconnect HD Live. The infotainment system works with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Uconnect also features Bluetooth connectivity and AUX and USB ports.
2018 Fiat 500L Engine
For Europe, powerplant alternatives abound. The top of the line is a 1.4-liter inline turbocharged four-cylinder producing 120 hp. Fiat likewise provides LPG, methane, and diesel choices. Transmission offerings include a five- or six-speed manual. Fiat’s Dualogic robotic automated transmission is likewise offered.
2018 Fiat 500L Release Date and Price
Fiat has actually not yet announced when the 2018 500L will go on sale in the United States or how much it will cost. Stay tuned for more U.S.-specific details.