Fiat’s decision to return to the US after a long and hard absence was set in motion with the 2012 500 and, just as expected, the mini car has already begun to attract the attention of tuning firms ready to pump it up. One such tuner is the famous Mopar, whose new tuning package will be on display at the Detroit Auto Show in just a few days time.
The Fiat 500 is already cute in its own right, but apparently there are about a zillion tuners out there that feel it is an easy car to tweak, pinch, pull, and update. Mopar started its update with removing the Fiat’s usual red exterior paint job and replacing it with some black. The paint job was then given the racy feel with two blue racing stripes on the roof and hood. After that, Mopar added chrome insertions on the exhaust tip, mirror covers, fuel door, front and back grille surround, and a new set of black gloss wheels.
Not being big on interior updates, Mopar only switched out the Fiat 500’s standard interior for one filled with Katzkin leather (black with blue accents) and different carbon fiber inserts.
UPDATE 08/02/2011: Mopar has announced the list of accessories they will be offering for the 2012 Fiat 500. There are over 150 to choose from and the list includes updates for both the exterior and the interior. Hit the jump for a list of the top 15 accessories for the all-new 2012 Fiat 500.
Press release after the jump.
| Accessory || Description || Price |
| Custom Key Covers || Key covers are easily changeable, come in sets of two and are available in the following designs and colors: Blue solid/Black with graphic, Red solid/Red with graphic, 500 logo/Checker || $48 |
| Roof and Hood Graphics || Large selection of graphics and designs to cover the entire roof include American, Canadian, Italian and Mexican flags. Selection also includes a variety of race stripes and checkered and striped graphics || $319 to $534 |
| Body-side Stripe Graphics || Stripes are made of the highest quality 3M™ material and are available in a range of colors, sizes and designs || $409 to $439 |
| Body-side Molding Inserts || Includes a variety of colors and designs || $99 |
| Roof Rack || Removable rack accommodates, bike, ski, watersports and luggage carriers || $399 |
| Bike Carriers || Two bike carriers are offered: a roof-mounted bike carrier and a hitch-mounted carrier || $399 and $99 for the Htch-mounted Carrier |
| UCONNECT Web || Each passenger may separately access the Web on the go. In-vehicle router receives 3G broadband Internet, allowing access to social media, maps, e-mail, online games, music and more. Works with Wi-Fi-enabled device. Subscription required and sold separately. || $399 |
| Seat Covers || Tailored for a perfect fit, these covers will protect original upholstery and won’t block seat controls. They are easily removable and washable. || $199 for Sport front seats, $159 for all rear seats |
| Slush Mats || Black custom-fit mats are molded and feature the 500 logo. Deep grooves help prevent water, snow and mud from getting on to the carpet. || $79 |
| Chrome Shift Knob || Amp up the interior with a chrome shift knob. Installation is easy and all hardware is included. For automatic transmission only. || $49 |
| Chrome Fuel Door || Unique, one-piece-design chromed fuel door features FIAT logo || $209 |
| Door-sill Guards || Guards, which protect door sills from scratches, are made of brushed stainless steel and include the 500 logo || $59 |
| Chrome Hood Spear || A design cue from the original design, the spear is mounted on the center of the hood and gives a nod to the FIAT 500’s past in the form of a chrome accent that stands out in front || $89 |
| Front-end Cover || Protect your new prize from bugs, dirt, and debris. Front –end covers are designed to securely fit the countours of the FIAT 500. Unique two-piece construction allows the hood to be opened without removing the cover. || $149 |
| Molded Splash Guards || Protect lower body of vehicle with black splash guards which feature the FIAT 500 logo || $22 |
The Fiat brand marks its return to the North American market with the 2012 Fiat 500 (Cinquecento). With its beautiful Italian styling, timeless functionality, efficient design and innovative technology – the same attributes that made the original version a timeless icon – the new Fiat 500 is relevant for an entirely new generation of drivers.
Following is a list of Mopar accessories that will be featured on the 2012 Fiat 500:
- Door-sill guards with 500 logo
- Roof/hood decals feature a double-blue stripe
- Katzkin leather interior, black with blue accents
- Carbon fiber-style hand brake
- Carbon fiber-style shift knob with leather boot
- Rear window-mount rack
- Snowboard carrier
- Wheels, black gloss
- Chromed exhaust tip
- Chromed mirror covers
- Chromed fuel door
- Chromed grille surround, front and back
- Wheel center caps
- Key fob cover
- Strut tower brace