Despite sluggish sales, Fiat Chrysler is investing a little bit more money into the Fiat 500L with plans to introduce an updated version for the 2017 model year.
The facelifted 500L was recently spotted testing by CarScoops, revealing the people mover’s new front end. The updated fascia is expected to incorporate an updated lower grille section and new LED signature headlamps. An updated rear bumper and taillamps are also expected to be applied, however the prototype photographed doesn’t appear to wear these changes.
The 2017 500L’s cabin will be adorned with updates similar to those applied to the 2016 Fiat 500. That means a reworked center stack with a larger available touchscreen display and TFT gauge cluster, improved soft touch materials, slightly reworked seats and additional sound deadening could all be in store. Expect the latest version of Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to also be offered.
European-spec versions are expected to receive a new diesel engine with the update, however U.S. buyers will have to continue to make-do with the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission currently offered in the car.
We’re expecting the 2017 Fiat 500L to make its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. In the meantime, check out the spy photos at this link.