Fiat 500 fanatics have been speculating for a while about what changes will be found with the upcoming 500 and last week, Fiat officially confirmed all rumours after a long and hard wait!
In 2007, Fiat released the first ever 500 model and since there hasn’t been much change, so to keep up with the high demand in the supermini sector Fiat have given the model a refreshed look that comes in the form of the Fiat 500 City, which will be available to buy from September 2015.
Luckily, Fiat haven’t messed about with the 500 retro style which is still captured in the 2016 model, but they have made some minor alterations to the exterior of the car to modernise it. The headlamps have been re-designed with Xenon units that come as an option and the halogen daytime lights now use smart LED. The bumper has been tweaked which now sits lower and the model now features a new dual-bar top grille that combines air intake and an altered bumper.
New to the range is the ‘Second Skin’ which is a feature that’s been created by Fiat to provide more personalisation options for buyers. This extra option allows buyers to wrap the 500 model in bright, colourful and quirky designs. With the designs, you can opt for something simple like the belt-line graphics or you can choose from a range of patterns including tartan or camouflage which wrap around the entire car. Other personalisation options include a large variety of colour choices for both the interior and exterior, as well as a range of new alloy wheel designs.
The Fiat 500’s interior has been revamped with some changes that are noticeably different in comparison to the previous model. The dashboard in the Lounge model has been revived with a new layout built around a new five-inch ‘Uconnect’ infotainment screen. The Pop models will contain more basic features which include 6 speakers with USB/AUX connection. The Lounge model contains Bluetooth, satnav, DAB and a seven inch touch screen that provides driving info and Uconnect functions, whilst the entry-level pop uses classic analogue dials.
With the new 2016 model, all the engines have been slightly altered by Fiat so they now meet the Euro 6 regulations. Diesel and petrol options will be available, and the 1.2 litre and both versions of the Twin Air 1.9 can be paired up with stop/start technology. The Diesel 1.3 litre will be available at a later date, as well as an ‘Eco’ variant that will be a 1.2 litre petrol. The eco car will use an aerodynamic body kit, a clever alternator and low rolling resistance tyres which will help minimize Co2 emissions keeping them under an impressive 99g/km.
Are you excited for the arrival of the new Fiat 500 at the end of this summer? Stay tuned for the next update!
There is an exciting new Fiat 500 on its way!
Fiat has announced the birth of their brand new Fiat 500 today and we think it looks absolutely great! Both the previous 500 models; the 1957 and 2007 city car were unveiled 4 days into the month but to break away from tradition Fiat has announced this bundle of joy a day earlier than expected.
The unveiling marks 58 years since the original plans for the Cinquecento 500 were announced. The Cinquecento was the first ever 500 model which was created 1957 to meet the high demands of the post-war market, which was in need of small economy vehicles.
Fiat hadn’t confirmed any of the rumours about the new model until the big reveal today and unsurprisingly this has created a lot of excitement amongst Fiat 500 car fanatics who are eagerly waiting to see what the new model will bring to the table.
Even though Fiat have kept extremely tight-lipped, some spy shots were revealed earlier this month which saw the potential new model sporting a variety of new features; including new grille treatment, enlarged auxiliary light position, new graphic headlamps, low set rear reflectors in the bumper and a fresh alloy wheel design with latticework. This tells us that we can expect a different look with the front and rear of the 2016 model, yet we have to patiently wait just one more day to find out what changes will be found inside the new 500. As well as possible changed to the specifications, colours and other new and exciting features. We can also expect to see updated diesel and petrol engines that will meet the Euro 6 emissions requirements.
Even though the new model is planned to be a big hit, Fiat hope to continue with the success of the current model which has roughly sold an impressive one million units to date. The Italian car manufacturer have claimed that there is currently 500,000 unique personalisation configurations, which is a something that will continue to grow further with the introduction of the next-generation model.