Fiat 500L – new five-door hatch powered by TwinAir engine, Lavazza coffee and Beats by Dr. Dre

Fiat 500L – new five-door hatch powered by TwinAir engine, Lavazza coffee and Beats by Dr. Dre

MINI has the Countryman, now Fiat has the 500L, L for Large. Announced earlier this year, the production 500L made its debut in Turin last week. It retains a fair bit of the 500’s cute face and looks, but the 500L is a five-door hatchback sitting on a widened Punto platform.

It measures 4,140 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,660 mm tall, which is a substantial 594 mm longer, 153 mm wider and 175 mm taller than a three-door 500. Wheelbase is 2,610 mm long. It also has a bigger footprint than the Countryman – 32 mm longer but 9 mm less wide. Fiat says that it can accomodate five passengers who are two meters tall along with five suitcases, which is rather impressive.

Fiat 500L – new five-door hatch powered by TwinAir engine, Lavazza coffee and Beats by Dr. Dre

The 500L can be had with two petrol engines – 105 hp 0.9L Turbo TwinAir and 95 hp 1.4L Fire – and one 85 hp 1.3 MultiJet 2 turbodiesel. The innovative two-cylinder 900 cc award winning petrol engine is at its “maximum evolution” in the 500L, with 105 hp at 5,500 rpm and 145 Nm at just 2,000 rpm.

Paired to a a six-speed manual gearbox, it offers decent performance (0-100 km/h in 12.3 seconds, top speed of 180 km/h) and great economy – 4.8 litres/100 km and 112 g/km of CO2.

Fiat 500L – new five-door hatch powered by TwinAir engine, Lavazza coffee and Beats by Dr. Dre

The 500L is the first car in the Fiat Group to be fitted with the new generation UConnect infotainment platform. This new device is based on a five-inch colour touchscreen which lets the driver access all main functions, from the analogue and digital radio (DAB) up to all the main multimedia resources (Media Player, iPod, iPhone, smartphone) that can be connected by USB port and AUX-in connector.

There’s also a Bluetooth interface to access extra functions such as phone call management or reading SMS. Based on the Windows Embedded Automotive OS, the system also has voice recognition in 11 languages. On the way is a built-in navigation system developed in collaboration with TomTom.

Fiat 500L – new five-door hatch powered by TwinAir engine, Lavazza coffee and Beats by Dr. Dre

Plenty of customisation and add-ons are available. Coffee lovers, check out the Lavazza ‘A Modo Mio’ pod system, the first espresso coffee machine in a production car. It is integrated in the passenger compartment with a specially designed deck. No cables needed. The “coffee experience” kit will also include a spoon holder, pod holder and sugar holder.

There’s also good music to go with it. The 500L’s “Hi-Fi system” was designed in collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre, and had input from the good doctor himself and record producer Jimmy Iovine (some might know him as mentor in American Idol).

Fiat 500L – new five-door hatch powered by TwinAir engine, Lavazza coffee and Beats by Dr. Dre

The system consists of two 165 mm mid-woofer speakers, two 38 mm tweeters, two 165 mm diameter full-range speakers, a 165 mm diameter subwoofer in reflex box, an amplifier with DSP and eight channels and an advanced equalisation algorithm developed by Beats.

The 500L will roll off Fiat’s Kragujevac plant in Serbia. In Europe, it will take on cars like Citroen’s C3 Picasso, Ford’s B-Max and the Countryman.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

 

Comments

  • Jimmy on Jul 09, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Wait, don’t buy any hatchback first, including CT200h.
    The RM180k Merceses A-class is coming, it is of Vios lenght and height but is 3 inches wider, longer than this one and it is premium brand, with 6 airbags and ESP. Camry potential buyers, wait for this A-class ya.

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    • toyota_salesman on Jul 09, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      mercedes salesman is talking!!!

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    • Espresso! Quick! on Jul 10, 2012 at 8:20 am

      how much will the a-class cost? way above any other hatchback available. so, what’s the big deal?

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  • Masked Ryder on Jul 09, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    stupid and ugly, what’s up the Beats?

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  • I am sincerely a huge fan of this engine. One of the best cutting edge technology we can see today. But the car that host the engine? Well, perhaps some would beg to differ, but I think that is ugly as hell. I am thinking of getting the engine only and put it in a Viva. Possible?

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  • Papa Baik on Jul 09, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    My lovely wife next birthday gift.

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  • LE_buruk on Jul 09, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    naza…please rebadge this…

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  • i love its design, i think its better looking than the 500 itself…..

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  • now engine also have a downsizing trend like Moore’s law. so what does this called? EURO’s law? LOL

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  • hangman on Jul 09, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    theres no Fiat dealership in Malaysia right?

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  • Jolly_idiot on Jul 09, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Brew coffee while driving? A joke of the day. What if i’m not a fan of lavazza?

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  • William on Jul 10, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Looking forward to owning one. Problem is there is no official distributor here :(

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  • rgcx.tk on Jul 10, 2012 at 12:08 am

    comel kereta ni..harga pun lagi comel kot..mmmm
    sesuai untuk peminat kereta MINI..Jangan ada yang nak tiru dah….

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  • albag on Jul 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

    another car for the richfags

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  • Cute it’s maybe. But, I think it’s quite a departure from original 500 design. Mini did better with their countryman I guess, although still a departure, but just a bit. Interestingly, this has another entertainment artist being summoned to help in car devp, which was first made famous by JLR.

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  • The “coffee experience” kit will also include a spoon holder, pod holder and sugar holder.

    byk la lipas kat kete ni nnti…

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