Preview: 2014 Fiat 500L car previews fiat auto shows 2013 autoshows 2012 la autoshow
2014 Fiat 500L. Click image to enlarge

“From Gucci to Abarth, our Fiat 500 and now all-new Fiat 500L illustrate the different personalities and capabilities the Fiat brand can deliver from the same basic sheet metal,” said Kuniskis. “And with the rugged personality of the Trekking, we will attract a wider cross section of customers while keeping intact all the great benefits of the Fiat 500L.”

While still one of the smallest and cutest cars on the road, the 500L can compete with the Ford Focus in terms of power, size and interior space.

The 500L Trekking is mechanically the same as the standard model, but features more aggressively styled, black-accented front and rear fascias.  Black-clad wheel arches and body mouldings give it a more rugged appearance coupled with larger 17-inch aluminum rims.

The cabin has a more upscale touch than the basic 500 with a two-tone interior, and the addition of a standard Uconnect 5.0 infotainment interface with Bluetooth handsfree calling and voice-command controlled radio or an optional 6.5 system with its larger touchscreen and intuitive map navigation.  The “Beats by Dr. Dre” premium audio package is available as an extra option.

Preview: 2014 Fiat 500L car previews fiat auto shows 2013 autoshows 2012 la autoshow
2014 Fiat 500L. Click image to enlarge

In addition to the unique, panoramic greenhouse, is an optional 1.2 m2 (20.7 sq. ft.) dual-pane sunroof contributing to the overall “loftiness” of the interior.  Other available options include a rearview camera, nine colour choices for seating and trim, a choice of leather or cloth upholstery and a white or black roof.

With fuel prices surging ever higher, buyers may just be ready to embrace a whole new range of smaller cars such as the Fiat 500L that still offer the versatility of the larger, gas-guzzling crossovers.

The new Fiat 500L is manufactured in Kragejevac, Serbia.  It should arrive in Canadian showrooms mid-2013, and while prices have yet to be announced, we predict they’ll probably start somewhere around the mid-$20,000 range.

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