Unfortunately for the Italian brand – and for Italian automotive design in general – the 500L isn’t exactly popular among clients when it comes to looks, and is only passable due to the increased interior space compared to its adorable 500 counterpart.
The polarizing design isn’t doing the 500L any favors, since the 500X is also here to snatch clients who need a bigger 500 and also love crossovers. Anyways, the Italian automaker is trying to keep things fresh and interesting, with the 500L now available for order in the City Cross edition, which actually tramples on the 500X territory by giving the minivan a more rugged, adventurous look. The new package is available to European customers only, and comes with new styling upgrades such as larger bumpers, new skid plates, a new grille, and an increased ride height by approximately one inch (25 millimeters). Of course, new 17-inch alloy wheels are also present, along with the new, bespoke Sicilia Orange with black roof.
Numerous color customization options are available for the cabin, which comes with a black or white dashboard, black fabric seats with the “500” logo and standard perks including climate control, cruise control, a new 3.5-inch color display screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and voice control. Optional goodies include the bigger seven-inch HD touchscreen display, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Engine options include the 1.4-liter gas with 95 horsepower (70 kilowatts), the 105-hp (78-kW) 0.9-liter TwinAir, the 1.4-liter TwinJet engine good for 120 hp (89 kW) and a bi-fuel version of the latter.