Intended for sports enthusiasts and outdoor activity fans, the new Fiat 500L Trekking combines off-road looks with smart front-wheel drive thanks to "Traction+" technology, an innovative traction control system that improves handling on difficult and slippery terrain thus guaranteeing excellent performance when setting off. All this, without compromising the space and functionality features of the 500L model, the Fiat 'City Lounge' that can contain all those little pleasures and life's greatest emotions all together: children, friends, travelling, music and the web community.
Available for purchase across Europe from next June, the new 500L Trekking will contribute to consolidating the excellent performance of the Fiat City Lounge which in only five months has totalled approximately 38,000 orders in Europe, over half of which outside Italy. Particularly in Italy, it is the best-selling medium sized car and ranks second among the diesels. What is more, even before the entire launch plan has been completed across Europe, the Fiat 500L is the only model to be experiencing a constant rise in its segment in Europe despite the difficult economy of the continent. Among other things, the new Fiat car was recently named 'New Model of the Year 2013' by the readers of the Italian car magazine Quattroruote ahead of the best German competitors.
Off-road look, high ride and specific interior
To emphasise its outdoor character, the 500L Trekking is supplied standard with specific bumpers with protective shield, for an even more aggressive and dynamic look, and a high ride to enable it to drive over rough ground more effectively. Also supplied as standard, the new 17" diamond alloy rims with 'snowflake' M+S tyres ensuring maximum road holding and traction, even in the toughest grip conditions. On the exterior, new details also stand out, which embellish the style of the version, such as the stone effect burnished wing mouldings, the satin handles and the brushed steel side mouldings.
On the interior, the Trekking version features a new high-tech fabric seat upholstery with eco-leather inserts. Customers can choose between two different combinations: magnesio grey fabric with leather inserts for an all-road atmosphere, or black fabric with white inserts for a more metro-chic personality.
Lastly, the 500L Trekking comes in 6 different body colours - white, dark metallic grey, black, sand, burgundy, dark metallic green and the new exclusive Sole yellow - teamed with a black or white roof.
The key feature of the new Trekking version of the Fiat 500L is its adoption of "Traction +", Fiat's innovative traction control system that improves traction over harsh and slippery terrain and costs far less than conventional 4x4 drive.
The new "Traction +" system uses the advanced hardware present on cars equipped with ESC, but is far more than a simple extension of ESC. Thanks to special algorithms for controlling and managing the braking system, the control unit electronically simulates the behaviour of a self-locking electromechanical differential. Software optimisations and the fact that force is applied through the normal (hydraulic) braking circuit makes the system's action more progressive than that of conventional systems.
Though performance is easily comparable, the system is much lighter. The system is activated using a button on the dashboard, and can be operated at speeds of up to 30 km/h. This is how it works. Under conditions of low or zero grip from any drive wheel, the control unit detects slip and commands the hydraulic circuit to apply braking force to the slipping wheel, thus shifting drive to the wheel on the surface offering better grip. This makes it easy to drive, maintains directional stability and control, and ensures the best possible traction even over the roughest surfaces with poor grip.
The new Fiat 500L Trekking will be available, depending on the markets, with the 95 HP 1.4 16v, 105 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo and 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet II and 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet II turbodiesel engines (also with Dualogic gearbox). Specifically, a brilliant engine like the new 105 HP 1.6 MultiJet II turbodiesel is needed to propel the 500L Trekking in all driving conditions, in cities and out, securing fun, remarkable range, low running costs and reduced servicing frequency. Equipped in this way, the new version reaches a top speed of 175 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 12.0 seconds. All this with reduced fuel consumption and emission levels: the data recorded on the type-approval combined cycle were 4.7 litres/100 km and 122 g/km of CO2 respectively.
Excellent performance levels are also ensured by the new combination of the 85 HP 1.3 MJet with the Dualogic 5-speed robotised gearbox which, compared with the same engine version with manual gearbox, improves fuel consumption and emission levels: from 4.3 l/100 km to 4.2 l/100 km (combined cycle) and from 114 g/km to 109 g/km.
The new Trekking version affords a broad range of standard and optional equipment. This includes the latest three contents now available for the entire range of Fiat 500L: the 520 Watt Beats Hi-Fi Audio System, the 'Lavazza 500 Espresso Experience' kit and the 'City Brake Control' system.
520 Watt Beats Hi-Fi Audio System
The Fiat 500L is the first Fiat Group Automobiles car and the only European car fitted with a 520 Watt Beats Hi-Fi Audio System, the finest in audio quality, which saw the sound engineers of the Fiat Group work alongside the founders of Beats, the legendary rapper and producer, Dr. Dre and the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and record producer Jimmy Iovine.
Specifically, the system boasts a total power of 520 Watts - split between two 80 Watt mid-woofers, two 40 Watt tweeters, two 60 Watt full-ranges and one 80 + 80 Watt subwoofer - and an amplifier with DSP and 8 channels integrating an advanced equalisation algorithm developed by Beats, designed to recreate the entire sound spectrum that an artist experiences during his/her studio recordings. So the Beats Hi-Fi Audio System on the Fiat 500L, with its clean high definition sound, is revolutionising the way music can be experienced inside the car.
Lavazza 500 Espresso Experience
For the first time ever on the automotive scene, the Fiat 500L is the first standard production car to fit an authentic espresso coffee maker with Lavazza 'A Modo Mio' pod system that is perfectly integrated in the passenger compartment in a deck Fiat has specially designed for it. So for the first time you can enjoy the high quality, rich taste, body and creaminess of genuine Italian espresso coffee in a car. While comfortably seated without any wiring and in total safety. Fitted with a 12 V plug which fits in the central console, the coffee maker only works when the engine is running - for safety reasons the car must be stationary - and it dispenses espresso coffee in less than two minutes. Designed in close collaboration with Lavazza, the 500L coffee maker can be ordered as a normal optional at just Euro 249.
'City Brake Control'
The Fiat 500L is one of the safest cars in the field of motoring as a whole, as demonstrated by the prestigious Euro NCAP 5-star rating with an overall score of 83/100. Affording all-round protection, now enhanced with the innovative 'City Brake Control' active safety system which detects the presence of obstacles in front of the car and automatically brakes if the driver fails to intervene promptly to avoid collisions.
Designed to help negotiate city traffic and driving at speeds of under 30 km/h, the 'City Brake Control' device - depending on certain parameters such as the vehicle dynamics, the steering angle, the position and pressure on the accelerator pedal - can avoid impact completely ("Collision Avoidance") or minimise the consequences of a possible impact ("Collision Mitigation").
In addition, the sophisticated device on the Fiat 500L incorporates three additional functions: Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Prefill and Brake Assist. The former, while respecting the driver's wishes and leaving full control of the car in his/her hands, is triggered by emergency braking when impact seems inevitable and the driver has not managed to react, thereby anticipating him/her. The "Prefill" function instead prefills the braking system to provide a quicker response both when Automatic Emergency Braking intervenes and if the driver brakes. Brake Assist, on the other hand, recognises emergency situations and alters the brake pedal's response to achieve quicker braking.