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Fiat reveal shoe-inspired 500L Vans design concept

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/29/2014 Conner Golden
Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept© MotorTrend Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept

Fiat pulled the covers off a new Vans-inspired design concept on Saturday at the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach.

Called the Fiat 500L-Vans design concept, the concept features visual accents inspired by the original Vans hi-top shoe.

The design concept sports some distinctive paintwork, featuring a surf-inspired white-on-blue color scheme.

Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept© MotorTrend Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept

The interior continues the Vans theme, with seats upholstered in palm tree-print canvas. The pedals and storage bins are covered in the trademark Vans Waffle Sole pattern, and a Vans logo is plastered on the instrument cluster and dash panel.

The roof features the famous Vans Checkerboard design, and the step pad, grille and body cladding make further use of the Waffle Sole pattern. A roof rack has been added, featuring a basket and a double-decker surfboard carrier. The 500L rides on 18-inch matte-black wheels, providing an aggressive, sand dune-ready appearance. Last year, Fiat unveiled two seaworthy Fiat 500 watercraft during the surfing competition.

Mechanically, the design concept is untouched. Under the hood resides the same 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that powers all 500Ls, pumping out an adequate 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. In the design concept, the engine is paired to the standard six-speed manual transmission.

Where the 500L really stands out is with its accessible cargo utility in a relatively small package. With all seats in place, the standard storage is a respectable 23 cubic feet. When we first drove the 500L, we found it to be a likeable car with plenty of character and utility, a worthy alternative to the Mini Countryman.


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