Spied: 2013 Fiat 500 MPV

The new 2012 Fiat 500 MPV has been caught in the open for the first time. Codenamed L-Zero by the Italian company, it's a larger and more practical people carrier version of the popular supermini. It will replace the current Multipla.

Auto Express first scooped the new model late last year, but these are the first spy photographs showing the MINI Countryman rival on the road.

Despite the heavy disguise, it's easy to see the new model takes cues from the 500 at the front – with a pair of large round headlights and a similar nose. The rest of the shape is similar to the Panda, with proportions aimed at maximising headroom and luggage space.

The new MPV is based on a modified Panda platform, and it will be available with five or seven seats. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but a 4x4 option will also be offered. Several names for the new car are under consideration, including 500+ and Multipla.

Engine choices will include a 900cc TwinAir petrol turbo, a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel and a larger 1.4-litre petrol turbo. Expect manual and automatic gearboxes, too.

Production will begin at a new manufacturing plant in Serbia later this year, and the car will reach UK dealers before the end of 2012. It will also be sold in the US. Expect prices to start at around £13,000. For more details click here.

Thanks to: Auto Express


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