2014 Fiat 500L
The Fiat 500L was recently introduced, expanding the reach of the Fiat brand in North America. The new model offers increased space to meet the lifestyle needs of many.
The 2014 Fiat 500L offers 42-percent extra interior space with comfortable seating for five, engaging driving dynamics, a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine and two fuel-saving, six-speed transmission offerings, all wrapped in a contemporary Italian design.
The larger Fiat features five doors, as well as a few other exterior tweaks, including larger bi-halogen projector headlamps, glass from the A- and D-pillars, a floating roof panel painted in Nero (black) or Bianco (white), and a longer silhouette.
On the interior, drivers will notice the focal point is the 500L’s instrument panel, with the availability of color-matched exterior accents and premium vinyl-wrapped accents. The instrument cluster also includes an Electronic Vehicle Information Center to provide the driver with trip, vehicle and Uconnect system information. The Uconnect 5.0 or 6.5 radio system, provides passengers with information and connectivity options on a five-inch or 6.5-inch touchscreen. Passengers will also enjoy elevated second-row seats and an available dual-glass panel sunroof, making them feel even closer to their surroundings.
With extensive use of advanced steels, composites and advanced computer-impact simulations, the Fiat 500L’s small-wide architecture delivers world-class torsional stiffness for optimum control. Engineers included a noise, vibration and harshness package designed to eliminate these distractions. It includes laminated acoustic windshield glass, body-cavity silencing foam, under-flush, rolled-framed doors with triple seals and acoustic wheel well liners to absorb road noise and quiet the cabin.
Taking a page from the Fiat 500 Abarth model, the 500L features Koni frequency selective dampening front strut and rear shock absorbers to deliver improved road-holding and handling characteristics. It also features precise steering with an electric power steering and driving steering torque system designed to improve performance.
Improved performance is found under the hood, as well. First seen on the track-proven Fiat 500 Abarth, the fuel-efficient 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine finds its way into the Fiat 500L as the single engine offering, delivering 160 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque and up to an EPA-estimated 33 miles per gallon on the highway.
Structurally, the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine starts with a durable cast-iron block and a structural aluminum bedplate. The bore is 72 mm and stroke is 84 mm for a total displacement of 1,368 cc. Lightweight cast-aluminum pistons, with a compression ratio of 9.8:1, contribute to the overall efficiency of the reciprocating assembly and the engine’s high-rpm capability. Full-floating piston pins are used for added strength. Piston cooling jets, located at the bottom of each cylinder, contribute to fuel economy by squirting oil on the bottom of the pistons to help maintain cylinder temperatures and reduce the possibility of hot spots along the cylinder walls or at the top of the piston, which could lead to spark knock.