Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept Car Hangs Ten At Surf City

The FIAT brand's latest variation of the popular Fiat 500L helps kick off the Vans US Open of Surfing in “Surf City”, aka Huntington Beach, California. Details from Vans original hi-top shoe echo throughout the cool concept car from its iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern roof treatment down to the Waffle Sole covering on the pedals.

The Vans US Open of Surfing begins on July 26th, 2014, and the Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept Car will be hangin' ten with the best of 'em – though you can be sure Fiat's publicity people will ensure it's kept high, dry & handsome for the event's duration.

The Fiat 500L has been the subject of an abundance of promotional collaborations over the years but the Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept Car is more radical than most, inside and out.

The most obvious, in-your-face feature is an extremely bold front fascia featuring a quartet of LED daytime running lights. As the vehicle still possesses its headlights and fog lights, night vision isn't going to be an issue anytime soon!

The exterior has been treated to a three-tone paint job with the roof patterned in Vans classic checkerboard pattern. Speaking of the roof, a double-decker surfboard carrier and integral basket reflect innovative thinking that serves surfer's storage needs.

When it comes to the drivetrain, special 18-inch matte black wheels are spun by the standard 500L's 4-cylinder, 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir gasoline engine. The one-ton, front-engine, front-wheel drive hatchback offers drivers a spritely 160 bhp (119 kW) managed via a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Vans theme picks up again once the doors are opened: vintage palm-patterned canvas in two-tone blue cover the seats while a colorful sea of Vans logo stickers make the instrument panel come alive with visual texture. Last but not least, Vans Waffle Sole material cover the pedals, storage bin liners, step pad and body cladding.

Check out the Fiat 500L Vans Design Concept Car up close & personal if you're heading to Surf City; it'll be on display through August 3rd. (via Le Blog Auto)