Fiat gets ready for the introduction of the large 500L, to be officially presented in the summer in Italy. It is the same 500L with two more seats and some more centimeters in the back. The result is a very weird minivan that, in my opinion, doesn’t honor its shorter brother. Since the beginning Fiat made clear that there was going to be a larger version for bigger families (USA), as the regular model will be available in that market this summer, and then the larger one won’t take to long to arrive as well. According to Fiat estimates, this version should be the best-selling one in USA and therefore would have a positive impact on production levels at the Serbian plant. But more room isn’t for free. The good and equilibrated design of the 500L was severely affected in this version, and, at least in my opinion, it doesn’t look good at all. Of course this opinion is based on what I’ve seen in the streets of Turin and some pictures released by Autoblog Español and Autoblog Italia. I am one of those who think that before judging a car it is necessary to see it in person. It may be to soon to conclude about the aesthetics of this new Fiat, but I’m quite sure that it will not change from what I’ve seen so far: a disproportioned minivan.
At this point, there is one thing I would recommend Fiat to do. Based on the characteristics of the large 500L, Fiat should work on positioning it as the very first SW/MPV available in the market. The car looks very long, close to a SW, but it is at the same time a MPV. Italians love SW, so why not to position the new large 500L as a roomy SW for 7 passengers? If anyone sees Italian car sales data, it will be possible to notice that SW versions of ‘C’ and ‘D’ segments are very very popular. I know, the 500L makes part of B-MPV segment and is not even close to C or D segments, but that’s my point. Except for the Dacia Logan MCV, there is no other B-Segment car to offer room for 7 people. This Fiat could become the first MPV in form of SW to satisfy this requirement. If you can’t say it is beautiful, well you can say at least that it is really functional and very close to consumer’s needs. Don’t you think?