There are rumours that Fiat is planning to bring a wagon variant of their 500 to the market and the car will be called the 500L - with the “L” standing for large. Two versions of the 500L are planned by Fiat, a 5-seater and a 7-seater. Both versions will feature five doors, a high roof and front end styling that will mimic the current 500. The rendering of the 500L is shown below.
The 500L will ride on a platform that is based on the Fiat Punto. It measures 4150mm long, making it 60 mm longer than the three-door 500 hatchback. The car will try to grab a share of the compact MPV market from the likes of the Opel Mariva and Ford B-Max.
According to reports, the engine line-up will include Fiat's 900cc TwinAir turbocharged two-cylinder with 85hp , a 1.4-liter gasoline engine with 77hp or 105hp and a 1.3-liter diesel with 75hp or 95hp. The 500L will officially go on sale in the European market come July 2012, and will also hit North American dealerships in 2013. Fiat is planning to produce 100,000 units of the 500L in the first year. The production site is Fiat’s plant in Kragujevac, Serbia.
The funky new 500L is slated for debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012.