The Fiat 500L range goes from strength to strength in 2014 with a new special edition, new engine variants and new optional equipment, writes Sharon Walters.
The new Fiat 500L Beats Edition blends cutting-edge technology with a cool, urban look, combining the chunky go-anywhere styling of the 500L Trekking with an eye-catching, two-tone, grey/black colour scheme finished in a choice of gloss and matte finishes.
Further styling enhancements include 17in alloy wheels, wheel arch extensions, side skirts and bumper inserts, all finished in black, as well as mirror fairings, front ‘whiskers’ and the tailgate handle in satin chrome. Red brake callipers and red inserts in the mirror fairings complete the distinctive “Beats” look.The interior of the Fiat 500L Beats Edition has also been enhanced with automatic dual-zone climate control as standard, as well as a matte-grey dashboard panel and a Total Black interior pack which includes special black fabric/eco-leather seat upholstery complete with red, embroidered ‘500’ logos on the front backrests.
A premium BeatsAudio audio system is also standard, employing the latest Beats by Dr Dre technology to provide a rich, immersive listening experience for all occupants.
Based around the Fiat 500L Trekking, the new 500L Beats Edition also features the Trekking’s revised suspension, mud and snow tyres, City Brake Control and Fiat’s Traction+traction control system as standard.
Additional features include rear electric windows, front fog lights, a touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system, automatic headlights, rain sensors and rear privacy glass.
The Fiat 500L Beats Edition is available with two petrol engines, the new 120hp 1.4 T-Jet and the 105hp 0.9 TwinAir Turbo, as well as two turbo-diesel power plants: the 105hp 1.6 MultiJet II and new 120hp 1.6 MultiJet II.
The EU6-approved, 1.6 MultiJet II turbo-diesel engine is equipped with a variable geometry turbocharger, developed by Honeywell, and develops 120hp at 3,750 rpm and 320Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm.
Top speed increases to 117mph (up from 112mph with the 105hp engine) while the 0-62mph sprint is now dispatched in 10.7 seconds (versus 11.3 seconds). Combined consumption dips only slightly to 61.4mpg (versus 62.8mpg) while CO2 emissions of 120 g/km (+3g/km) ensure it remains in the same tax and BIK band as the 105hp engine.
The EU6-ready 1.4 T-Jet petrol offers an identical 120hp at 5,000rpm but its maximum 215Nm of torque is available from just 2,500rpm, ensuring a broad and flexible performance range.
Top speed is 117mph while the 0-62mph dash takes just 10.2 seconds, with combined-cycle fuel economy figure of 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 159 g/km.
These new engines will go on sale in the UK in mid-March with pricing to be announced shortly.
Finally, for 2014, two new packs are now available on the FIAT 500L and 500L MPW. The new “Premium Pack” offers £1,720-worth of luxury equipment for just £1,300.
Full beige or grey leather upholstery; a ParkView rear parking camera and a five-inch touchscreen Uconnect system with DAB and satellite navigation are all included in the pack, which is offered on the Lounge model only.
In addition, a new “Living Pack”, comprising heated front seats, height adjustable front seats, driver- and passenger-seat adjustable lumbar support and a front arm rest, can be combined with the Premium Pack for an additional £450 – this delivers a saving for the custome of £125 versus the standard combined price of these two options.