Let’s be real here for a second. There are only a certain amount of things you can to the Fiat 500 to make it more appealing to customers. The car doesn’t exactly look like a million bucks, although its retro-themed design does appeal to a certain segment of the car-buying population.
So when Fiat comes out with a special-edition 500 dubbed the "500 Cult" and describes it as a top-of-the-range version of its 500 line that offers an "exclusive level of style, technological content and performance," nobody’s doing any backflips thinking that this baby can compete with even the tamest of sports cars .
But all that isn’t to say that the 500 lacks in any appeal. Like we said, a lot of people dig the bygone looks and the tradition of the vehicle, so much so that rolling out new duds for the 500 isn’t such a bad idea.
Essentially, that’s what Fiat is banking on with the 500 Cult, offering a plethora of new options for both the coupe and convertible versions that puts even more emphasis on the hatchback ’s trendiness.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fiat 500 Cult.
Fiat 500 Cult in Detail
Lattementa Green. That’s the color of choice Fiat decided to go with as part of the Cult package. It’s a nice and mild mint green shade that’s really easy on the eyes. Combine that with a two-piece roof that features one part fixed glass and the other gloss-black paintwork, and you have a 500 that actually looks pretty refreshing. On top of that, mirror covers are also an option and can be chose in either a chrome or gloss-black finish.
Inside, the same Lattementa Green makes an appearance on the dashboard and matches nicely with the new leather seats, which Fiat dressed in a variety of color choices. An instrument panel with a seven-inch TFT display was also added into the mix, as were the automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a leather steering wheel with Blue&Me controls and Dualdrive electric power steering.
If you’re looking into making a nice buy of a 500 Cult, it’s important to note that the hatch is available with a variety of engines, including a 95-horsepower, 1.3 MultiJet II turbodiesel; a 69-horsepower 1.2; an 85-horsepower, 0.9 TwinAir Turbo gas; and the new 105-horsepower 0.9 TwinAir Turbo.
Gallery Fiat 500 Cult
The Fiat 500 Cult is the new top-of-the-range version offering an exclusive level of style, technological content and performance to the most demanding and scrupulous customers of the iconic Fiat. In particular, available in saloon or cabrio configurations, the new and exclusive trim level represents the perfect synthesis of distinctive look and innovation which, once again, highlights the Fiat 500’s ’trend-setting’ spirit.
Fiat 500 Cult can come in one of the range’s body colours, including the new Lattementa Green, all teamed with the elegant roof: one part fixed glass and the other glossy black paintwork. The end result is a refined colour combination that confirms, once more, that for the iconic Fiat colour is not merely a question of aesthetics, but an integral part of a product philosophy founded on character, style and maximum scope for personalisation. Additionally, the new Three-layer White will be available on the cabrio version.
Customers can choose door mirror covers which are either chrome or glossy black: whatever the choice, the final effect is a contemporary, fashionable combination together with the body colour. All this is enhanced with elegant chrome for the characteristic front ’whiskers’ and tailgate handle, in addition to the glossy black surround for the rear light clusters and the new 16" alloy wheels.
The same style is found inside, where the new leather seats stand out - a choice of black leather (ivory or red inserts), tobacco leather or red leather (both with ivory inserts) - an attractive match with the dashboard painted the same colour as the body. The new upholstery was designed to offer the best possible ergonomics, guaranteeing comfort and character in a single solution.
The new 500 Cult is available with the 95 HP 1.3 MultiJet II turbodiesel, the 69 HP 1.2 and 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo petrol engines (both also available with Dualogic robotized gearbox) and the new 105 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo.
The Cult version of the Fiat 500 ensures high-value equipment, as demonstrated by some important content as standard: instrument panel with 7" TFT display, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, fixed glass roof with sun blind, leather seats, leather steering wheel with Blue&MeTM controls and Dualdrive electric power steering.
Again as standard are the split (50/50) rear seat with height-adjustable head restraint, CD/MP3 radio and Blue&MeTM hands-free system with Bluetooth technology (voice recognition, steering wheel controls, digital audio file player with USB port).
The Fiat 500 Cult brooks no rivals in the field of safety either. This is demonstrated by ABS+ESD, driver and passenger airbag with dual stage system, side bags, window bags, knee bags, Isofix attachments, daytime running lights (DRL) and ESP system complete with ASR/MSR, HBA and Hill Holder.
Lastly, customers can count on an extensive collection of exclusive accessories created by Mopar®, the aftersales division responsible for Parts & Service and Customer Care activities in the EMEA region. These also include products designed especially for the new Fiat 500 Cult, such as the elegant ’chrome kit’ for the exterior, comprising droplet-shaped bonnet trim, A-bar on the front bumper, door mirror covers and valve cover caps for the tyres. What’s more, ’Mopar Vehicle Protection’ is available for the 500 family as well. This exclusive service offer is designed to take care of the vehicle throughout its entire useful life, guaranteeing that all maintenance operations are carried out at authorised dealerships and workshops within Europe by highly qualified and specialised technicians, using original parts.