The Fiat 500L is how we always thought the 500 should look like. It’s bigger and more dynamic, not to mention refined in ways that the standard 500 isn’t. The 500L is also versatile enough to be adapt to whatever customization package you give it. If you need proof of that, look no further than the Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept.
The model was on display at the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California where it turned a lot of heads with its quirky customization that pays homage to the urban fashion brand.
Fiat and Vans may be unlikely allies in the grand scheme of things, but you wouldn’t notice that by the way the two collaborated to create the 500L-Vans Design Concept. It features plenty of Vans-inspired bits spread throughout the exterior and interior, including the iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern that’s prominently displayed on the 500L’s roof.
This isn’t your standard Fiat 500L, ladies and gentlemen. This is the result of a partnership between two brands that just so happen to have products geared for the same young and adventurous generation.
Fiat and Vans worked some serious magic to turn this 500L into what it looks like now. The result is a piece of beauty, even though I say that knowing that it’s not hitting dealerships any time soon — or ever, for that matter.
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Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept in detail
The checkerboard roof may be a highlight of the 500L-Vans Design Concept, but it’s also far from the only one. The two-tone blue and white finish creates a sportier look for the 500L. At the same time, Van’s trademark Waffle Sole design finds itself accenting the model’s grille texture, step pad, and cladding.
Turn your attention back to the roof and you’ll also see a roof rack hauling a double-decker surfboard carrier, further reinforcing the character of this concept as a true weekend warrior.
Last but not least, Fiat found this as a suitable occasion to fit the 500L with a new set of wheels, as it installed 18-inch matte-black rollers.
Moving inside, the 500L-Vans Design Concept carries numerous details from Vans’ shoes. The vintage palm-patterned canvas was easy to spot, same with the Vans logo stickers adorning the instrument panel and the Vans Waffle Sole proudly getting its due as a design on the pedals and storage bins of the 500L.
Gallery Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept
At the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., the FIAT brand will debut a Fiat 500L-Vans design concept. Details from Vans original hi-top shoe are echoed throughout the vehicle, including vintage palm-patterned canvas, Vans logo stickers on the instrument panel and Vans Waffle Sole on the pedals and in storage bins. On the exterior, the roof displays the iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern, while the step pad, cladding and grille texture are accented with the Waffle Sole design. Other unique features include a two-tone body color paint scheme, 18-inch matte black wheels and a roof rack with a basket and a double-decker surfboard carrier. The Vans US Open of Surfing begins Saturday, July 26.