Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tough Little Trekking Joins the Fiat Family

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tough Little Trekking Joins the Fiat Family

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Byline: Chris Russon

FIAT is continuing to capitalise on the cachet of its popular 500 retro model with another take on the latest version to join the line up.

The larger 500L compact MPV was launched only a few months ago making the car more family friendly and positioning it against the likes of the Mini Countryman.

Now comes the 500L Trekking which brings even more practicality to the range ahead of the arrival of a seven-seater called the 500L MPW.

The Trekking features an advanced traction system which almost mimics four-wheel-drive and the car also comes with a low speed automatic braking system as standard - a first for Fiat.

It is priced from PS17,095 to PS19,590 which is some PS2,000 more than the 500L and almost double the prices of the 500 itself. We have just tried the most expensive 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel Trekking and on first impressions there is plenty of potential.

The Trekking looks more purposeful than the regular 500L and comes with extra body kit, raised ride height and chunky mud and snow tyres.

It's a rugged appearance which suits the pumped up body and is similar to the thinking behind the new Renault Captur and Vauxhall Mokka.

With a ground clearance of almost six inches the Trekking is set up to cope with a moderate amount of rough terrain, although it is by no means a full blown off roader.

The Traction+ system gives an impressive amount of extra grip through the front wheels and coupled with the sturdy tyres the Trekking can handle grassy fields and bumpy tracks without a problem.

The system works through the car's electronic stability control and can be engaged at the push of a button at speeds up to 19mph.

It gives the Trekking much more ability than a conventional frontwheel-drive car and in the lousy winters we have experienced over the past few years it would be ideal.

The car is also fitted with a hill holder device to help moving off on slopes and in operation the traction system is not intrusive at all and works under normal gearing.

Cruise control is another standard feature and so are 'look round corner' fog lamps. …

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