Fiat 500 continues its program of aggrandizement, going from the five-seat
500X to the seven-seat 500XL – that is, if these patent drawings and snapshots from
Fiat’s Centro Stile are accurate pictures of the future. The 500 is 11.6 feet long, appending the L added exactly two more feet, and the XL is said to be another six inches longer in the rear overhang to make room for that third row. The Small U.S. Wide (SUSW) platform it sits on will, so it is said, find its way under »
a future B-segment Jeep crossover.»
500L is on its way to
dealerships this year, the 500XL (if that ends up being its production name) isn’t expected to hit showroom floors until later in 2013. It is believed that it will not be coming to the U.S., the
rumor being that Fiat doesn’t think Americans are ready for a tiny seven-seater. We might see all of them at the
Paris Motor Show next month and get a handle on which 500 will go where.