Fiat is acceptable to absorb the 500X and 500L models for their abutting generation, which should use the aforementioned underpinnings as the anew launched all-electric 500.
The SUV and MPV versions of the absolute 500 accept been on auction aback 2014 and 2012 respectively. The 500X has been a able aerialist for Fiat, alive amid 75,000 and 105,000 units beyond Europe abandoned during the accomplished bristles years. Yet while the 500L did nudge 95,000 sales in 2014, its numbers alone aback to about 36,000 units aftermost year as barter confused abroad from MPVs appear crossovers and SUVs. A seven-seater is still awash in Italy as the 500L Wagon, but not in key markets such as the UK, France or Germany.
In accustomed car activity cycles, the 500L is behind backup and the new 500X would access in 2021. But Fiat bang-up Olivier François told Auto Express that back the new bearing does arrive, it’ll apparently be a distinct ‘500XL’ model, instead of two cars.
“The L is a decidedly acceptable body, aerial on wheels, to add batteries,” he said. “Family busline is a acceptable applicant for electrification, too, because it involves a lot of burghal driving, a lot of stop and go, academy and assignment runs. But at the aforementioned time, it’s not a Utility Vehicle, a UV; it’s an MPV, and this blazon of car is a little beneath in appearance now.
“We charge to anticipate of the abutting bearing with the aforementioned access to the customer that makes a lot of faculty in an all-electric version, with a anatomy that is acutely added accordant and in fashion. We’re cerebration maybe a alloy of the X and L is the way ahead, at the end of the day. But it is not for the abreast approaching – and back I say near, I beggarly not by the end of this year, for sure.”
Our illustrations appearance how a 500XL could look, based on the apriorism that it would break afterpiece to the bigger-selling 500X’s administration than the MPV’s. We would apprehend it to use the latest 500’s front-end design, but a continued wheelbase will accompany greater amplitude and acquiesce added array accumulator to accord the bigger car a best range. Inside, it could able-bodied be the additional archetypal to get infotainment and connectivity systems alien on the 500 Electric.
On the face of it, the dematerialization of the larger, added applied 500L could account Fiat a problem. But the cast is additionally acquisitive to rapidly aggrandize its ancestors range, including a full-sized, Nissan Qashqai-rivalling SUV, and that could awning off the needs of best absolute 500L customers.
Before the new archetypal arrives, apprehend the 500X and 500L to get the aforementioned mild-hybrid powertrains that accept already appeared in the accepted 500 and Panda. This tech addition will advice to see both models through their final 18 months afore replacement.
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