It's the same quirky 500L you either love or hate, but now it has an even more pronounced distinctive identity.

Fiat has revealed a mid-life facelift for its 500L small MPV, with the bold claim that 40 percent of its parts are new. It may not look like it, but thousands of changes have been incorporated. Presumably most of which are below the surface...

Styling revisions for the 2018 500L are certainly mild. At the front, slightly modified upper headlights have chrome-plated accents while the LED daytime running lights below have a '0' lighting signature as a nod to the two 'zeros' in '500'. There's also a fancy lower grille with a studded chrome mesh to make the MPV look a tad more upmarket, although the 500L is still not what you’d call a looker. The radiator grille itself has also had a nip and tuck.

More chrome inserts have been applied at the rear, where the fog and reversing lights have been moved lower on the bumper not just for the sake of making visual changes, but also to improve effectiveness, according to Fiat. There are no fewer than 37 colour combinations available, as well as three types of roofs (white or matte black, glossy black, body-coloured) and 10 pastel or metallic hues, including new Bellagio Blue.

2018 Fiat 500L facelift
2018 Fiat 500L facelift

Available in Urban, Cross, and Wagon versions, the facelifted 500L also hosts an assortment of novelties inside, though unlike Fiat, we wouldn’t call the cabin 'completely new'. There’s a different look for the steering wheel with chrome accents, updated instrument cluster with two round gauges flanking the 3.5-inch digital display, and a redesigned gear lever now positioned higher than before.

Onboard goodies include the familiar seven-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, along with a new Mode Selector for the rugged 500L Cross model that sits 25 millimetres higher than the others. This one also gets a fresh set of two-tone 17-inch wheels and new bumpers together with skid plates for extra protection.

Should the standard Fiat 500L not suit your style, there are an impressive 92 Mopar accessories available for an extended array of customisations. There are also many optional amenities offered, among which we’ll only mention the 520-watt Beats sound system.

2018 Fiat 500L facelift
2018 Fiat 500L facelift

In regards to the oily bits, the updated 500L can be powered by a 95-hp 1.4-litre petrol unit, or a beefier 1.4-litre developing 120 hp. There’s also the familiar 0.9-litre TwinAir with 105 hp on tap and a bi-fuel (petrol and LPG) version of the 1.4-litre TJet rated at 120 hp. Another bi-fuel engine is the aforementioned 0.9-litre TwinAir with 85 hp that can run on petrol and methane; neither bi-fuel is likely to come to the UK, though. On the diesel side, the 1.3-litre MultiJet produces 95 hp whereas the larger 1.6-litre MultiJet is good for 120 hp.

UK launch date and prices are to be confirmed: we're mildly looking forward to it, if only so we can peer more closely at the 500L and work out which of its 40 percent parts actually are all-new. 

Source: Fiat


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