Geneva: Fiat 500L unveiled image

The Italian based automaker Fiat has recently unveiled the 500L during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, which is basically the company’s ticket to help sales in the United States.

With its extra set of doors and the same front fascia, and not only, as the Fiat 500, the 500L wants to capitalize on the success of the 500 model, and this might just be what the company needed in order to boost its sales over-seas. According to the car manufacturer, the “L” in the name stands for “large” and the 500L is riding on a stretched version of the 500’s platform, gaining about two feet in length and six inches in width.

The Fiat 500L is powered by the same 1.4 liter MultiAir I-4 engine from the 500 hatchback and convertible, which is developing a total output of 101 horsepower and it has a peak torque of 98 lb-ft. The same transmission choices, of five-speed manual and six-speed automatic, are expected to be offered for the Fiat 500L. European customers of the Fiat 500L will be able to choose from the 1.4 liter MultiAir, the 1.4 liter TwinAir (85 HP) and the 1.3 liter MultiJet turbo diesel once the model will go on sale on the Old Continent later this year. More details on the Fiat 500L will be announced close to its launch.