Over the past three years in Italy, Italians have managed to sell 149 cars with 819 hp.
Family Fiat The 500L with five doors does not stand up to competition within its own company. With the introduction of the Fiat 500X crossover, the popularity of the minivan in Europe began to decline. As a result, over the past three years, Italians have managed to sell 149 819L cars and 500 units of the 274X crossover in the Old Continent. At the same time, the demand for L has halved over the past year. The trend is clear. That's why the president of Fiat Automobiles said that the compact minivan may not have a direct successor.
The Fiat 500L hit the market in 2012. In seven years, 496470 compact minivans were sold in Europe. In the United States, demand is only a few thousand: from 2013 to 2019, Italians sold a total of 34 units.
According to the head of the company in Turin, they are preparing a relatively large crossover instead of two Fiat models - 500L and 500X. It will likely be a vehicle that will compete with models such as Skoda Karoq, Kia Seltos and crossovers that are similar in size and price. That is, the Fiat 500XL (the future crossover, as the top manager called it) will have a length of about 4400 mm, and the wheelbase will reach 2650 mm. The dimensions of the current Fiat 500X do not exceed 4273 and 2570 mm, respectively. The new model will receive a new platform, which was originally developed not only for internal combustion engines, but also for hybrid and electric modifications.
The Fiat 500XL series will likely also have a version with a 1.0 turbo petrol engine, a BSG 12-volt starter generator and an 11 Ah lithium battery. The Fiat 500 and Panda hybrids already have such equipment.