UK's first coffee machine-equipped car nears launch
How do you like your coffee? Black? White? On the move in a 70s-styled hatchback using a uniquely-designed in-car coffee machine?
If it's the latter, a new car fitted with a luxury coffee-maker can be ordered from December in a UK-first from Italian car maker Fiat.
The new Fiat 500L, the unimaginatively-named larger version of the retro Fiat 500 city car, will come with an espresso coffee maker built by fellow Italian brand Lavazza.
Slotted into a cubby hole near the gearstick, the in-car coffee maker comes with pod dispenser, sugar holder and a spoon all available as part of the 'Coffee Kit'.
Using 'A Modo Mio' capsule system, the caffeine-charged addition to the car will allow drivers to get their coffee fix on the move.
When Fiat announced a larger Fiat car to bolster its popular 500 range, few expected the extra space to be used for a coffee machine.
The wireless coffee maker is fully integrated into the design of the car and Fiat insists it offers 'total safety' as well as the experience of 'high quality, rich taste, body and creaminess of genuine Italian espresso coffee'.
The coffee machine is one of several eye-catching options for the new Fiat 500L, which will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September.
Set to go on sale in the UK in 2013, the Fiat 500L will also come with optional 'Beats Hi-Fi' system based on the ubiquitous headphones endorsed by rapper Dr. Dre.
The brand will also offer luxury leather options as part of its new range, which sits very much in the 'lifestyle' category.
The Fiat 500L is a compact MPV based on the Fiat 500 city car. The supermini-size car is an enlarged version of its namesake and seats five in more comfort than its mini sibling.
However, it will also offer similar engines to the Fiat 500 including the MultiJet diesels and the TwinAir petrol, the only two-cylinder petrol on the market today.
Using this engine, the Fiat 500L's fuel consumption can be as high as 60mpg and CO2 emissions are just 112g/km, putting the car in Band C of UK road tax.
Fiat 500L prices have not been announced but are expected to start from around £13,000. The Lavazza coffee machine Fiat 500L will cost a little more.
Written by Stephen Hurrell