Nothing in the motoring industry surprises us any more. Aston Martin is flogging Cygnet city cars, Ferrari is making hybrids and now there’s a seven-seater Fiat 500L called the 500L MPW. We think ‘500XL’ would have been a far better name, but if it turns out ‘MPW’ stands for ‘Massive People Wagon’ then we’ll let that slide.
While the Fiat 500L is a big five-seater MPV the 500L MPW is an even bigger, stretched MPV that accommodates seven people. Fiat says it has a 5+2 layout, so expect room for five normal-sized people and two horribly contorted children in the last row of seats.
It’s 435 cm long, 178cm wide and 167cm high, making it roughly the same height and width as the standard 500L, though it is 21cm longer. That gives it just enough room for a pair of very temporary seats for a pair of very small occupants or, if you leave the seats folded flat, a bit of extra boot space. The 500L MPW provides 638 litres of luggage capacity, which is 238 litres more than the standard 500L.
Come launch, the 500L MPW will be available with a choice of two petrol engines — 95hp 1.4 and 105hp 0.9 TwinAir Turbo — as well as two turbodiesels: 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet II and 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet II.
It’ll be available in two trim levels (Pop Star and Lounge) along with a host of customisation options. Expect 19 different body colours, 6 interior trims and 15 types of alloy wheels and hub caps.
Fiat will begin taking orders for the 500L MPW in July. Prices have yet to be revealed, but expect it to cost slightly more than the standard 500L, which starts from £14,995.
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