The new Fiat 500 will go on sale in early September 2015 priced from £10,890.
The current 500 has been with us for 8 years being born on the 4th July 2007 after 1.5 million models, the 2016 Fiat 500 is a face lift of that model with 1,800 detail changes.
Changes include new front headlights with LED daytime running lights and a revised rear light cluster. There is also a revamped dashboard with an uplift in cabin materials.
Fiat is also introducing ‘Second Skin’ which allows the owner to wrap the 500’s body work in a number of crazy (in a good way) designs. Which will include Ethnic (geometric pattern); 'Lord' (classic tartan); 'Comics' (pop decoration) in combination with the new two-colour body paintwork; 'Navy' (nautical patterns) and 'Camouflage' (fashionably military). This is all on top of the new colour palettes that comprise seven pastels, one solid and five metallic hues including two new colours: Glam Coral and Avantgarde Bordeaux.
There will be new customisation kits along with the original roof wraps and mirror caps. Five colours are available: microcarbon black, matt silver, matt titanium, military green and jeans. The microcarbon black and military green variants also extend to the dashboard.
Power will come from a range of Euro6 compliant petrol engines, that includes the 0.9-litre TwinAir with the choice of 85hp (74.3 mpg - 90 g/km) or 105hp (99 g/km) and a 1.2-litre 69hp unit. The new ‘Eco’ configurations of the 1.2 litre 69hp which will be released after the launch will see CO2 emissions dip to 99 g/km although that engine has to be confirmed for the UK. There will be a Euro6 1.3-litre 16v MultiJet II 95hp (89 g/km) turbo diesel unit joining the line up some time after the launch although that too has to be confirmed.
The new model will be available in three trim levels, ‘Pop’, ‘Pop Star’ and ‘Lounge’ and in two body styles hatchback and convertible.
Standard equipment will include seven airbags (front, window and side airbags, plus a driver’s knee airbag), Uconnect Radio with six speakers, AUX-IN and USB ports and steering wheel remote controls as well as LED daytime running lights. Active safety systems include ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD), advanced electronic stability control (ESC), anti-slip regulation (ASR), Hill Holder and hydraulic brake assistance (HBA) to help with emergency stops.
The Fiat 500 Pop Star’ will gain air conditioning, body-coloured mirror caps with defrosting function, 15-inch alloy wheels and a 50/50 split folding rear seat with rear headrests.
Where the 500 Lounge editions are equipped with a panoramic glass sunroof, rear parking sensors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, front fog lights, chrome front grille and the touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system. Uconnect comes with Bluetooth, a DAB radio tuner and smartphone connectivity.Published 4 July 2015