Fiat SpA. has clearly recognized their expectations with sales figures for the 500 were not met. As a result, CEO Sergio Marchionne has been hard at work to rectify the situation. Part of his efforts includes expanding the 500’s lineup, which has resulted in a clear aim at the popular selling Mini brand—at least here in America—and other compact car manufacturers as well.
And supposedly, as part of these plans, word in the rumor mill is that Fiat is planning an MPV version of the 500 that is apparently to be dubbed the 500L. Over in Europe, the “500L” would directly compete against the Citroen C3 Picasso and the new Nissan Note.
Other details in this rumor include the possibility of either five- or seven-seat layouts for Europe with an extended wheelbase of 10mm.
Should this new 500 take form, we could expect it to debut in this year’s upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Fiat reportedly declined any confirmation, but it wouldn’t be illogical to think that America could see this potential new 500 variant as well to compete against the Mini Countryman.
– By: Chris Chin