New 2018 Fiat 500L info – Although it might look as a compelling alternative to the miniscule Fiat 500 Hatchback, we have found the new 2018 Fiat 500L to have substantial drawbacks. We recommend exploring other options in the market before committing. Its release date should be expected in the latter end of 2018 according to rumors.
Some of its strengths include an attractive and easy to use 6.5” infotainment screen, lots of European personality exterior and interior wise, big-car passenger and cargo space, and a laudable visibility.
This is the first car that was produced immediately after Fiat acquisition of Chrysler. And although the vehicle has earned quite some admiration from its stateside fans, it isn’t that popular in other regions as they consider the vehicle too small for their utility purposes.
Some of the reasons that you should worry ponder about before acquiring the 500L model includes a quirky behavior when equipped with the optional automated manual transmission system on the Pop trim level; brakes are difficult to modulate, a lackluster acceleration; rear seats don’t fold flat; and it has an uncomfortable ride quality.
Some of its rivals we think are better off than the 2018 Fiat 500L model include the 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman – it offers better dimensions, sportier handling, more sophisticated driving experience, and interior personality, superior acceleration, and an optional AWD system.
Other options include the 2018 Hyundai Tucson, the 2018 Honda HR-V, Fiat’s own 2018 500X, and 2018 Nissan Juke.
Available Trims – Fiat 500L
The four-door compact 2018 Fiat 500L wagon will be offered in five trims: Lounge, Urbana Trekking, Trekking, Easy, and Pop.
Impressive Changes & Exterior Pictures – 2018 Fiat 500L
The base Pop trim comes standard with a six-speaker sound system, 60/40-split folding rear seats, adjustable cloth front seats, 16-inch steel wheels, a CD player, an auxiliary input, a USB port, voice controls, a 5” Uconnect touchscreen interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, heated mirrors, and six-way manually adjustable cloth upholstered seats.
Up next is the Easy trim that comes with upgraded seat fabric, body-color exterior mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, six amplified speakers, a front armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and tinted glass.
Moving to the Trekking trim gets you a two-tone interior color scheme, premium cloth upholstery, unique body panels, 17-inch wheels, and foglights.
The Urbana Trekking trim offers a trunk-mounted subwoofer, six-speaker Beats Audio sound system, a black roof, and matte black alloy wheels.
At the acme of the trim lineup is the Lounge trim which bundles a 115-V household style power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control (dual-zone), a body-color roof, a rear-seat armrest, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, chrome exterior trim, a16-inch alloy wheels, and heated front seats.
Few standalone options bundled in packages termed “Collections” include a leather upholstery, power driver lumbar adjustment, a larger 6.5-inch touchscreen, the Beats Audio sound system, smartphone app integration, rear parking camera, heated seats, automatic climate control, and LED running lights.
One notable thing that greats you once you are inside the 500L model is the large glass area. This gives a sense of minivan-like exterior visibility. Although you may find the A-pillars of either side to interruptive.
2018 Fiat 500L Engine Specifications
Front wheel drive is standard in every 2018 Fiat 500L, as is the 1.4L four-cylinder turbocharged engine good for 160 hp and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. Except the Lounge model, all other models come mated with a six-speed automated manual transmission system.
Test drives conducted on the 500L equipped with an automated manual transmission yielded 9.3 seconds in an acceleration from 0-60 mph, and 8.5 seconds from a model fitted with an automatic transmission system.
EPA projects the manual-equipped model will return 33/25/28 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 30/22/25 mpg with the six-speed automatic equipped model.
Safety wise, expect the vehicle to come equipped with front and rear parking sensors, remote vehicle access, active head restraints, front-seat-mounted side airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, stolen vehicle location, and a driver side knee airbag.
2018 Fiat 500L Release Date & Price
We should expect the 2018 Fiat 500L’s release date in the latter second half of 2018 as per online provisional reports. As for its price, expect to be set back by an MSRP starting from $19,495.