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New Fiat 500L: fatter Fiat 500 sibling gets nip/tuck

Published: 22 May 2017

► New Fiat 500L revealed
► Urban, Cross and Wagon versions
► Small facelift and updates

It’s facelift o’clock for Fiat’s crossover! The new 2017 Fiat 500L has been revealed and those who like a good game of Spot the Difference will be in luck.

Fiat claims that 40% of the 500L’s components are new and three different versions will go on sale later this year: Urban, Cross and Wagon.

The 500L still looks like a 500 that’s eaten one too many pies and features the city car’s halo-ring daytime running lights and ‘moustache-with-grille’ face.

What’s the difference between the 500L’s versions?

The Urban ‘epitomises stylish metropolitan motoring’, apparently, and looks the most like what we consider to be a regular 500L. There’s the usual chunky body styling, big alloy wheels and lots of chrome. 

Fiat 500L Urban 2017 front tracking

Cross variants are the rough-and-ready 500L models, so there’s chunkier body cladding on the bumpers and a face reminiscent of a boxer with a mouth guard in. There’s a slightly raised ride height and the Cross model comes with diamond-cut 17-inch alloy wheels.

Then there’s the Wagon, which has more junk in its trunk than Beyonce dancing to Single Ladies. It’s available as a five- or seven-seat car and is 100mm longer than the Cross version to account for the extra space. 

Fiat 500L engines

  • 0.9-litre TwinAir 104bhp petrol
  • 1.4-litre 94bhp petrol
  • 1.4-litre T-Jet 118bhp petrol
  • 1.3-litre MultiJet 94bhp diesel
  • 1.6-litre MultiJet 118bhp diesel

Fiat 500L Wagon 2017 rear tracking

What’s new about the Fiat 500L?

Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment system has had a thorough going over and is now available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and you can upgrade the infotainment to include Beats Audio speakers.

Fiat 500L 2017 Apple CarPlay

There’s a whole host of customisation packs which alter the style of your 500L, plus a huge swathe of Mopar accessories including bike raks, surf board racks and protective bumpers.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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