Fiat has joined forces with popular sneaker brand Vans to develop a new concept inspired by the surf scene.
Developed for the recent Vans US Open Surfing contest in the California, the high-riding 500L-Vans concept is based, of course, on the new 500L hatch.
The Italian carmaker says the concept takes its inspiration from the iconic Vans hi-top shoe design, right down to the brand’s familiar checker pattern on the roof.
Other exterior features include a bulked-up face with new driving lights, along with 18-inch black wheels, a two-tone paint job and a roof basket and rack loaded with the requisite surfing accoutrement.
In the cabin, the 500L’s dash has been plastered with Vans stickers, and the company’s iconic waffle-sole pattern has been applied to the pedals and storage bin lining. There’s also a neat palm-patterned look to the front seats.
Fiat has yet to offer any word on production plans for the 500L-Vans, but, like Volkswagen’s Fender-inspired Beetle, we could see a special-edition model in the future.
However, it is unlikely that any future 500L would be given this jacked-up look, with that role to be played instead by the coming 500X crossover.
An Australian launch for the new 500L is still to be confirmed, although a 2015 debut is understood to be on the cards.