The Italian automaker is keeping all of its global eggs in one basket – the 500 series. Now the quirky 500L version is following in the footsteps of the classic 500 and comes with a midlife cycle update.
The 500l is one of those cars that attract polarizing opinions, but that isn’t stopping Fiat from bringing even more distinctive lines for ample personality. Around two years ago the 500 city car came with 1,800 design refreshes inside and out – though few are actually noticeable – and now the time has come for the practical 500L to go through a similar process. Just like with the little brother, we can’t really tell the exact difference, although Fiat claims 40 percent of the MPV’s components are new, meaning some of them are also hiding in hard to view places. The 2018 model year facelift comes with tweaked upper headlights bringing chrome-plated accents while the LED daytime running lights now get a “0” lighting signature as a reference to the two “zeros” in “500.”
The lower grille gets a studded chrome mesh, the radiator has also been modified slightly and even more chrome inserts are present at the back complete with a different placement for the fog and reversing lights. A total of 37 color combinations are available, with three types of roofs (white or matte black, glossy black, body-colored) and also a new Bellagio Blue hue. Offered in Urban, Cross, and Wagon trim, the facelifted 500L also comes with a “completely new” interior, according to Fiat. That’s hardly the truth, though we do see an updated steering, modified instrument cluster with two round gauges and a 3.5-inch digital display, as well as different gear lever. The well-known seven-inch Uconnect infotainment system has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a new Mode Selector for the rugged 500L Cross- the latter also packs new two-tone 17-inch wheels and new bumpers.
In case you want more personalization options, there are no less than 92 Mopar accessories to go along with the numerous optional goodies, including a 520-watt Beats sound system. The upgraded 500L features the 95-hp 1.4-liter gasoline and stronger 1.4-liter good for 120 hp. The 0.9-liter TwinAir with 105 hp and the bi-fuel version of the 1.4-liter TJet with 120 hp compatible with gasoline and LPG are also available. There’s even a bi-fuel version of the 0.9-liter TwinAir with 85 hp that can function on gasoline and methane. The diesel family has the 1.3-liter MultiJet with 95 hp and the flagship 1.6-liter MultiJet packing 120 hp.