Fiat has brought the 500L, the 500C Abarth and the 500E to the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, where the three models have made their public debut.
According to the Italian based automaker, the Fiat 500L has 42 percent more interior space than the regular version of the 500 and the model is powered by a turbocharged 1.4 liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine, also used in the 500 Abarth and in the Dodge Dart, which is producing a total output of 160 HP an 184 lb-ft of torque, mate to a six-speed manual or to a dual-clutch transmission. The model is getting the Chrysler Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system, a larger touch screen audio, 17-inch alloy wheels and more. The 500L will arrive in showrooms in mid-2013 in the U.S.
The Fiat 500C Abarth was also brought to the 2012 L.A. Auto Show. The model is getting a folding canvas roof which can open at speeds up to 50 mpg and it can slide back to the rear spoiler at up to 60 mph. Power to the Fiat 500C Abarth is provided by a 1.4 liter MultiAir turbo four-cylinder engine, the same one mentioned above, which is producing 160 HP and 170 lb-ft of torque, enough to allow the model to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just over 7 seconds. The unit is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Last but not least, the Fiat 500E was also unveiled during the same North American automotive event, and the model is getting an electric motor under its hood, which is good for 111 HP and 147 lb-ft of torque. A 24 kW battery pack is providing an estimated range of more than 80 miles and charging it on a typical 240-volt outlet will take less than four hours. Live and official images with the three models can be seen below.
Fiat 500L, 500C Abarth and 500E LIVE at L.A. Auto Show
Fiat 500C Abarth