European buyers will soon have two more engines to choose from, while US showrooms will have to wait until the summer for the “City Lounge” 500L.
The Fiat 500L is due to hit US showrooms in the summer, and when it does the extended wheelbase 500 will come with the Italian carmaker’s 1.4-liter “MultiAir” turbo inline four rated at 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile in Europe, the Fiat 500L has just received a couple of new turbocharged engines: a 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo borrowed from the 500 city car and the MultiJet II turbo-diesel four-pot that powers the Alfa Romeo MiTo and Giulietta.
The tiny gasoline unit produces 105 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed manual, the Fiat 500L TwinAir ambles from 0-62 mph in 12.3 seconds on to a top speed of 112 mph, and consumes 49 mpg. The new 1.6-liter oil-burner produces an identical 105 hp but over twice as much torque, which Fiat rates as 236 lb-ft. Also paired with a six-speed manual, it jogs from 0-62 mph in 11.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 112 mph. Fuel efficiency is a frugal 52.2 mpg. The engines will be available with the 500L from next month.