Fiat has added eight inches and two more seats to its 500L light hatch to create the 500L Living - and it could be coming here
If the business case stacks up and it does eventually find its way to our shores, the 500L Living could very well become the smallest seven-seater in the Australian market.
When it launches in Italy next month, the 500L Living will be powered by the same range of engines and transmissions as the five-seater 500L range - a 1.4 litre petrol four, the 0.9 litre turbocharged TwinAir petrol inline two, a 1.6 litre diesel and a 1.3 litre MultiJet diesel.
Power will be taken to the front wheels exclusively.
Although the Living is 210mm longer and 10mm taller than a regular 500L - and dramatically larger than the regular Fiat 500 three-door hatch - its width is identical. With an overall length of just over 4.3 metres, the 500L Living is about the same length as a current Honda Civic hatchback.
With such a small footprint Fiat admits that the 500L Living isn't a proper seven seater, instead describing it as a "5+2".
However, having those extra two seats gives it a unique marketing advantage as a small car, with the 3.9m long 2008 Nissan Cube Cubic (which was never officially sold here) being the only other seven-seater we can think of that is smaller.
Once Fiat rolls out the 500L Living in its home market, sales across the rest of Europe will commence later this year. If the 500L Living is given the green light for local importation, we could see it in Australian Fiat Showrooms in late 2014 or early 2015.