As the biggest and roomiest model in Fiat’s lineup, the 500L hasn’t been a great seller in the U.S. In 2014, it handled to move 12,413 units but that figure has decreased because, with only 3,118 systems sold in 2015. The company is hoping the facelifted model will assist increase sales, although there’s no confirmation it will make its method to the U.S.
The Fiat 500 effectively reanimated an icon with its adorable looks and sentimental charm. Instead of piggybacking on that success, the larger and more ambiguously styled 500L crossover missed the mark here in the U.S.
Facelifted for 2018 for Europe, the upgraded 500L offers a bounty of options for prospective customers in terms of trim, color, and powertrain. Fiat also states 40 percent of the 2018 500L’s elements are brand-new to boot.
2018 Fiat 500L Design
Fiat claims the interior is brand-new, however it looks quite near the old one. The updates are moderate, concentrating on light aesthetic updates to this MPV’s extremely round type. 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 picked, different bumpers are offered, but none of them are exactly what I ‘d call “pretty.”.
2018 Fiat 500L Trim Levels and Features
3 trim levels are readily available: Urban, Wagon, and Cross. Urban highlights city driving while Wagon offers a seating plan for seven individuals. Cross is the most off-road capable with nearly an inch of increased ground clearance as well as a brand-new bumper style and brand-new front and rear skid plates.
Fiat is doubling down on the 500L’s crossover appeal in the Cross configuration. It provides 3 owning modes by means of the 3.5-inch display in the instrument cluster: Normal, Traction+, and Gravity control, which preserves speed while driving down a slope.
Fiat’s City Brake system is provided across the variety, supplying automated braking in the event of an impending crash. It also features an updated rear-parking video camera for much better visibility.
A 7-inch touchscreen controls Uconnect HD Live. The infotainment system works with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Uconnect also features Bluetooth connection and AUX and USB ports.
2018 Fiat 500L Engine
For Europe, powerplant options abound. The top of the line is a 1.4-liter inline turbocharged four-cylinder producing 120 hp. Fiat also provides LPG, methane, and diesel options. Transmission offerings include a five- or six-speed handbook. Fiat’s Dualogic robotic automated transmission is likewise offered.
2018 Fiat 500L Release Date and Price
Fiat has not yet announced when the 2018 500L will go on sale in the U.S. or just how much it will cost. Stay tuned for more U.S.-specific information.