Fiat 500L Spotted Looking Slightly Better In Latest Photos, But You Be The Judge

Dec 17, 2016 07:10 AM EST | Joanne Zamora


During cold weather testing, the Fiat 500L was caught on camera by spy photographers, and according to them, it has gotten a facelift. Covered by heavy camouflage over its entire body, the Fiat 500L's makeover will likely be significant as Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (FIAT), the Italian automobile manufacturer part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, attempts to make it more attractive to car enthusiasts.

Among the expected updates to the Fiat 500L, according to AutoGuide, are new headlights with LED daytime running lights, new fog lights, front and rear fascias, and other minor upgrades and changes. The front bumper is getting a revamp, while the changes in its rear bumper are a bit more minor, although it was difficult to see with all the camouflage.

As for the interior, Fiat will furnish the 500L with a more extravagant infotainment system featuring a bigger screen and upgraded materials to keep the car fresh. That is, until the next-generation model arrives in about a few years' time.

Featured as one of the "10 ugliest cars for sale today" in 2013 by Car and Driver, the predecessor crossover-esque Fiat 500L was top nine because of the "air hose shoved up its tailpipe" and the lighting and ornamentation being "plastered onto an awkwardly proportioned, overly tall, and essentially bland wagon." Its function, however, somewhat redeemed its form.

Powered by a 1.4L turbo four-cylinder delivering 160hp and 184 lb-ft of torque and a six speed manual as standard, with the option of six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. It was expected to deliver 24 miles to a gallon of gasoline around town, and on the highway, it delivers 33 miles. The combined fuel-economy score is 27 MPG, which is pretty good.

There is no word yet on when this new Fiat 500L will be launched. But if anything, the latest spy photos give a pretty good hint of the car's more dramatic changes: you can decide for yourself if it's enough.

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