Meet The Refreshed Fiat 500L: It Still Looks Way Too Weird

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But hey, whatever works for you.

The Fiat 500L really does have a love-it or hate-it design, and this is something the automaker hopes to positively change with this mid-life refresh. The 2018 Fiat 500L, which needs to improve its predecessor’s spotty reliability record, features 40 percent new components along with more aggressive styling as well as a new "off-road" trim, the Cross, and optional seven-seat versions, called the Wagon and Urban. More than likely, the latter will be for Europe only. So, what’s new with the US-spec 500L?

The front end styling is less quirky, with a more upright appearance. LED accent lighting has also been added. The rear end is also more aggressive, with new chrome accents on the bottom of the bumper. There’s a total of 37 color combinations, according to Fiat, taking into account the roof and body. Step inside and we’ll see a new steering wheel, dashboard design and the latest version of FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system. The speedometer and tachometer are held within a 3.5-inch color display. As for the 500L Cross, it’s raised by 25 mm and features skid plates, new wheels and tires, and more "outdoorsy" front and rear bumpers.

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What wasn’t mentioned, however, is whether or not the 500L Cross will offer AWD. As for the 500L Wagon and Urban, those seven-passenger (instead of five) wouldn’t make much sense in the US, whereas they’re a better fit for Europe. Heck, the current 500L has never been a strong seller in the US, and it’ll be interesting whether or not this changes.

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