Fiat India appears to have started the process of strengthening its Indian operations finally. The Fiat 500L MPV has been spotted in the country without any camouflage, strongly indicating that the automaker is conducting feasibility study or customer clinic for the car.
The company is in a dire need of a new products in India and the 500L could very well be a part of the future portfolio. Based on the FCA’s small wide modular platform, the 500L derives its design philosophy from the 500 hatchback. What started as a retro classic niche car has now grown into a family of widely acclaimed mass market cars.
The 7-seater 500L MPW would be the variant of choice if the MPV gets launched in India. Power comes from the familiar Fiat 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine in its 95 PS/215 Nm avatar or the 120 PS/320 Nm 1.6-litre Multijet diesel mill which made its Indian debut on board the Maruti S-Cross. Internationally, the former is available either with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a Dualogic AMT and the latter gets a 6-speed manual transmission.
With sufficient level of localization (the base diesel engine and its MT are already fully localized in India), Fiat could arrive at a pricing that is on par with the likes of Honda Mobilio and Lodgy. The 500L would bank of its chic styling and proven diesel motors to make a strong case of itself in here.
The Fiat 500X compact crossover SUV also appears to be an apt product for our market.
Fiat 500L – Photos
Via – Indiancarsbikes.in