The 2015 Fiat 500L Trekking Is Nothing More Than A Higher Up Trim For The Fiat 500L

Searching for a way to widen the 500 range, Fiat got an idea to develop and present a slightly more rugged version of the 500L. Called the 2015 Fiat 500L Trekking, the new car really was the first off-road try on the 500L architecture, but it remained only that – a try. Fiat did not make any important technical changes to it, but it created a comprehensive trim package, which after added to the 500L, created the 500L Trekking.

Proper off-roading hardware on it is almost only there for cosmetic purposes, but the added features make it just a tad more capable for all sorts of things. Starting with the outside, the 2015 Fiat 500L Trekking is differentiated by the deeper front bumper with visible underbody protection.

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The plastic colored silver is not much of a protection, but it looks kind of nice on the 500L. Plastic claddings all over the edges at the fenders and skirts additionally improve the looks and give us the impression of a car who is not only a small MPV. To prove that point, the Italians did integrate some classic off-road features.

First off, ground clearance was lifted by 10 percent in comparison with the classic 2015 Fiat 500L. Now, the Trekking sits exactly 145 millimeters above the ground. Not a lot when compared with classic small SUVs of today, but any gain should be appreciated. Other important features are slightly more aggressive all-weather tires providing additional grip on the slippery surfaces and on slightly more challenging groundwork compared to asphalt.

However, the most important off-road feature is actually the system called Traction+. With it, Fiat tried to utilize the most of the front wheels it could without going all crazy and integrating the four wheel drive system in the 2015 Fiat 500L Trekking. As it turns out, the Traction+ is basically a “virtual” front locking differential created to break the free spinning wheel with less grip, thus channeling the power to the other wheel with more traction. We have seen a number of systems like this on all sorts of cars with the one on the Peugeot 3008 being the most aggressive.

Fiat reported that the system they have developed is a much better solution for the 500L Trekking than integration of a heavy four wheel drive system and considerably increasing the price of the car. To make the Traction+ better than similar systems on other cars, Fiat applies the brakes using conventional hydraulic circuit and electronically checks for the wheel slip far more often than in any other comparable system. This way, the Traction+ should be more responsive. Does it work in real life!? Yes, but it cannot replace the good ol’ 4 by 4.

Being an only slightly improved version of the classic 2015 Fiat 500L, the Trekking did receive a host of safety equipment and MPV like features in the cabin. It really did not leave behind its MPV roots in any way, but only improved them. Thus the small petrol and diesel engines in it. The top notch version is available with the two cylinder 0.9L turbocharged petrol engine developing 105 HP. interestingly enough, this is the smallest engine you can get, but it is the most powerful one. The power actually ranges from 85 HP to 105 HP.

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