Fiat 500 gets tough

Fiat 500L TrekkingThe Fiat 500 has been a city car through and through ever since its reincarnation was launched in 2007 — but that is about to change.

Two new models are to join the family, a more rugged Fiat 500L Trekking model designed for minor off-road jaunts, and the new 500L MPW (Multi-Purpose Wagon).

The 500L Trekking will feature a raised undercarriage to stop the bottom scraping when travelling over uneven road surfaces, as well as traction control and all-purpose tyres designed to handle mud and snow.

It will be able to fit five people and enough room in the trunk to fit five people.

 

It’s obviously not a complete off-road vehicle, however, as like other 500L versions you can still get it with an optional ESPRESSO coffee machine fitted in the centre console.

Meanwhile the  500L MPW will be the biggest fiat 500L yet, measuring 4.35m long and a 638 liter trunk.

Of the two, the 500L Trekking is the most interesting for Fiat — as it aims to be an offering that will appeal to people who don’t just want a city car, but still want something small and easy to park.

Four different engines will be available: a 0.9liter 105hp TwinAir Turbo petrol and a 1.4liter 95hp FIRE petrol version, as well as a 1.3liter and 1.6liter diesel.

Prices start at around £17,000 ($26,000).

Fiat 500L Trekking Fiat 500L Trekking

Fiat 500L Trekking Fiat 500L Trekking