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Monday, April 23, 2012

By Pawan Rana

Fiat 500 L based MPV rendering swarm, is it an Ertiga rival, of course not

The Fiat 500 based MPV christened as Fiat 500 L MPV has just been gripped by a series of renderings. As per the images that have swarmed on the internet, the 500 L MPV from the Italian car maker can seat seven people comfortably. Notably, Fiat has already launched the 500 L hatchback avatar and has already announced that a multi purpose vehicle is in the making. Carrying a prospective launch date as mid of next year, the Italian MPV will be joining Maruti Ertiga (already launched), Nissan Evalia and Chevrolet Enjoy MPVs in India. However, experts believe that comparatively Ertiga will clean sweep the MPV market.

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Based on the Fiat Punto platform, the Fiat 500 series cars will have hatchback, MPV body styles. Similar in looks to the BMW Mini series cars, the Fiat 500 series is expected to good to the Italian car maker in India as it is struggling to fetch some sales for its two offerings – Fiat Punto hatchback and Fiat Linea sedan. In India, by the time Fiat 500 L MPV arrives, the Maruti will be hopefully almost captured by Maruti Ertiga and other MPVs Enjoy and Evalia slated to be launched this year. the Fiat 500 L MPV will be available in both diesel and petrol engine options and is expected to be priced around Rs 7 lakh to Rs 9 lakh. A seven seater MPV will have a 2+3+2 seating configuration with last row folding option that will allow it to have large cargo space as well.

 

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In the diesel engine option, it will be in all probability the 1.3 L multijet engine that also powers the Maruti Ertiga. This MPV along with the 500 L hatchback are expected to trigger a comeback for the Italian car brand and save it from gradual extinction. However, sensing the dwindling sales, Fiat has already stepped up its efforts and has been establishing exclusive showrooms for Fiat cars in India besides an effort to increase the product line up.

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