Fiat 500-L gets a facelift

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Fiat has shown the face lifted 500-L with overhauled components and specs. The automaker claims that 40 % of the car’s components are new, with the inclusion of automatic emergency braking and the availability of Android Auto and Apple Car Play amongst the most prominent of additions. It also gets totally new interiors. However, when it comes to the car’s fashioning, the refresh is subtle. The three variants remain, but are now named Urban, Cross and Wagon; the Urban being the standard car, Cross being a more off-road approachable version with added ground clearance and styling tweaks, and the Wagon model being the 7-seat stretched version, which replaces the MPW. The Cross’s ride height is 25-mm more than its siblings’, and gets the usual raft of rugged exterior trim such as skid plates and cladding. It comes with 3 drive modes – Normal, Traction+, and Gravity Control.

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The 7-seat Wagon focuses on versatility and space. Fiat claims that 1,500 configurations are available for the car’s interior, while boot space is the biggest in the 500L range, at 638 litres in 5-seat configuration or 416-litres with the rearmost seats in place.  Engines have also been overhauled – the 1.4-litre 16V and T-Jet petrol units provide 95-bhp and 120-bhp correspondingly, while a 105hp Twinair 2-cylinder completes the petrol range.

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The 1.3-litre 95-hp and 120-hp 1.6-litre Multijet diesel engines remain, and are Euro-VI emissions compliant. While the 500L is unlikely to make its way to India, Fiat is currently offering a high performance derivative of the standard 500, the Abarth 595 Competition at its dealerships. Also Fiat’s sister company Jeep is set to launch an all-new SUV in the country, badged the Compass, in the coming months.