The Fiat 500L Trekking has made its international debut at the 2012 Los Angeles auto show, demonstrating the adventurous spirit of Italy’s new five-door small car.
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Mirroring the Mini Countryman philosophy, the Fiat 500L Trekking is a tougher-looking version of the conventional 500L, which itself is a spin-off of the super-cute neo-retro Fiat 500 city car.

The Fiat 500L Trekking sports the grey plastic front bumper, wheel arches and side skirts that are seemingly compulsory for wannabe off-roaders, along with chunky 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear metal underbody protection panels, and black side and rear panel inserts.

Unique two-tone black and brown upholstery continues the the earthy, outdoors theme inside, while the five-inch touchscreen and Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment system – which includes Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and voice command – carry over from its suburban-styled sibling.

The 500L Trekking will be produced at Fiat’s Kragujevac plant in Serbia ahead of its North American showroom launch in mid 2013.

Fiat Australia has previously confirmed the 500L (pictured below) is a “strong contender” to join its local line-up, potentially arriving on our shores before the end of 2013.