The next model which will be up for revision is the 2018 Fiat 500L model. Fiat has not updated their 500 car since it was introduced in 2007. The subcompact went for a long time whiteout being touched and it did not offer a lot in terms of style and appearance. But finally they decided to reboot the car a bit in 2016. Once rebooting one car it opened a floodgate for updates for their other vehicles. The first one to be confirmed is the Fiat 500L version.
According to the recently seen spy photos of the car, the 2018 version of the Fiat 500L model is going to receive the same set of updates as its smaller counterpart had. That means updates brought to the fascias of the car and a new array of colors. Although, all of this is not visible because of the camouflage a lot of it can be discerned or even pieced together from the currently available information.
The update that was made to the base 500 is done in such a way that it gives us a modern feel to the model while at the same time harkening back to its original version, which results in a very funky and beautiful look. But unfortunately, we cannot say the same thing about the 500L model. Simply it is not the best looking model that you would hope to see in the streets. It does look odd and is disproportionate in some areas. But we cannot argue with this as it is not the main reason for an MVP car to exist.
We have compiled some information about this model that will help learn more about it and you can find out everything about it in this review before the release date.
The Release Date for the 2018 Fiat 500L
It is expected that the 2018 Fiat 500L model makes an appearance by the end of 2017. The model is labeled as a 2018 version but as it seems they are not far away from completing and finishing the project. The car will probably be ready for a late year release and the release date will earlier than all the expectations made about it.
Price Range for the 2018 Fiat 500L
The estimations for the price of the 2018 Fiat 500L is that they are mostly going to be the same as before. The current offer starts at a base MSRP of $19,495 and we are expecting for the base Pop version to be priced $19,995. There are other trim levels that come available as well, so the Easy could be priced $21,295, the Trekking is $22,380, the Urbana probably comes for $23,980 and the highest one is the Lounge estimated at $25,295.
Exterior Reshaping of the Car
The outside of the 2018 Fiat 500L will get the same kind of treatment as its smaller 500 version. The largest change that was made is an updated and larger front fascia. The air dam is going to be bigger and we are expecting to get a new mesh layout while the fog lights are going to be integrated into each side and that way provide a floating look. The radiator grille is going to be updated a bit and it will be a little wider and a bit shorter as well.
The running lights which are placed bellow the headlight will get an LED treatment and will be smaller compared to before. The headlights as well will get a redesign and add LED accents. The side profile is expected to be carried over completely unchanged, but the rear end will receive new LED taillights with a completely new layout. The rear fascia is supposed to get a new look and will receive a new chrome strip for the exhaust outlet.
For the end they did manage to include some added optional colors and also offered a second skin, that allows you to add various accent lines or even full vinyl wraps as well.
Interior Updates Made
The inside of the 2018 Fiat 500L will get some minor updates. These will include revised air vents, a slightly revised instrument cluster and a larger and curvier infotainment display. The seat design is also going to be slightly changed and with it may come some new color choices as well. There is a possibility that they make the HVAC controls smaller and the center console might be changed so it adds new technological additions. The steering wheel is also slanted for an update which will give the inside of the cabin a much more luxurious feel to it.
The amenities and the accessories are going to be carried over from the current model. These are going to include the air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and locks, six-way adjustable seats, a 60/40 split rear seat. The upper trim levels are equipped with optional vinyl wraps for the dashboard and a premium audio system.
Powertrain Offers and Specs
If you were hoping to get some new engine offers for the 2018 Fiat 500L, unfortunately you are going to be at a loss. The new model will still be using a 1.4-liter, MultiAir four-cylinder engine, but an engine that offers a class leading performance of 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The Pop, Easy, Trekking and Urbana trims are going to be using a C635, six-speed manual transmission while the Easy, Trekking, and Urbana trims come with an optional Aisin, six-speed automatic one.
What is the 0-60 mph Acceleration Ability?
Since there are no updates for the powertrain of the 2018 Fiat 500L, the acceleration is not changing as well. The model is able to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 8 seconds flat and can also develop a top speed of 126 mph.
EPA Rating and Fuel Economy
The EPA ratings is going to be carried over and the 2018 Fiat 500L has the same rates as before. All of the trim levels of the car will have an EPA rating of 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the exception of the Lounge model. The highest rated top trim 500L Lounge trim is going to fashion a 22 mpg performance in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Safety Equipment for the 2018 Fiat 500L
The refreshed 2018 Fiat 500L will include the same safety equipment which the car before it offered. The model already has a ton of standard safety pieces and continuing to use them will benefit the car and its passengers. People who are already familiar with the setup will not take too much time to get used to it. Standard pieces include head restraints, front and knee airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags. Oher standard offers are the hill start assist, electronic roll mitigation and stability control, keyless entry, speed control and an alarm. With a standard service kit comes a standard tire pressure monitoring system and to help you park there is a parking assist system and a rear backup camera.
The dimensions are also the same for the 2018 Fiat 500L because the update only changes the aesthetics and the functionality of the car. The shape and size is completely the same so the car offers a passenger volume of 98.8 cu ft, with front and rear headroom coming to 40.7 and 38.7 inches and front and rear shoulder room of 57.3 and 54.6 inches, and leg room of 40 and 36.7 inches for the front and rear areas.
Perhaps this segment is not as popular as other hotter ones, but the 2018 Fiat 500L will have some rivaling models to think about once it is released. The initial models which we have are the Mini Countryman, Kia Soul and Nissan Versa Note which can be potential the competition cars in the segment for the 500L.
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