2015 Fiat 500

Fiat is using the New York Auto Show as the perfect opportunity to showcase its entire 500 lineup, beginning with the 2015 Fiat 500. While the changes to the 2015 500 are mostly limited to the interior, the aggressive manner by which Fiat is promoting the 2015 500 in the U.S. goes to show just how serious the company is in establishing a presence in this market.

Apparently, it’s not enough that the 500’s already selling like ice cream on a blistering summer afternoon, as Fiat is planning a full-court press here. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg too, as we expect to see a lot more buildup ahead of the summer release of the 500 and its other variations.

That’s why the New York Auto Show is as good a time as any for prospective buyers to get a first look at the 2015 500 to see whether it’s a car they’ll have their eyes on later on down the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Fiat 500.

Exterior

Fiat 500

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don't expect any noticeable changes other than the addition of new paint colors, including Giallo Moderna Perla, Laser Blu, and Billet Argento.

What you see with the 2015 Fiat 500’s exterior looks remains pretty much the same so don’t expect any noticeable changes other than the addition of new paint colors, including Giallo Moderna Perla, Laser Blu, and Billet Argento.

It doesn’t seem fair that the 2015 received plenty of interior upgrades, yet the body remained largely the same. But hey, that’s the direction Fiat decided to go.

2015 Fiat 500 - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase90.6 Inches
Track, Rear55.0 Inches
Overall Length139.6 Inches
Overall Width64.1 Inches
Ground Clearance4.1 Inches
Drag Coefficient (Cd)0.332
Curb Weight, lb. (kg)2,363 (1,074)

Interior

Plenty of upgrades are in store for the interior of the 2015 500, including a more advanced instrument panel that now comes with a 7-inch, high-definition TFT cluster display

Plenty of upgrades are in store for the interior of the 2015 500, including a more advanced instrument panel that now comes with a 7-inch, high-definition TFT cluster display. Far more than just a cosmetic upgrade, this display is as functional as they come, allowing drivers to easily check up on important data like speed, fuel level, Eco index and trip information. If the 500 comes with the Rear Park Assist option, the display will also function as a rearview display any time the 500 is put in reverse.

In addition to the new TFT display, the 500 also gets the benefit of a redesigned center console, making it more useful and easier to navigate for both the driver and the front passenger. A new cup holder design is a pretty trivial addition, but an upgrade nevertheless. There’s also a new USB port that’s integrated to the radio, as well as Bluetooth streaming audio.

2015 Fiat 500 - Interior Dimensions

Front Seat
Head room38.9 Inches
37.6 Inches with sunroof
Legroom40.7 Inches
Shoulder room49.4 Inches
Hip room47.9 Inches
Total seat travel Driver8.2 Inches
Passenger8.2 Inches
EPA front row interior volume43.8 cu. ft. (1.239 cu. m)
Rear Seat
Head room35.6 Inches
Legroom31.7 Inches
Knee clearance3.8 Inches
Shoulder room46.4 Inches
Hip room1083.1 Inches
EPA second row interior volume30.2 cu. ft. (0.854 cu. m)
Total Interior Volume85.1 cu. ft. (2.409 cu. m)
EPA Luggage Compartment Volume9.5 cu. ft. (0.269 cu. m)
EPA Interior Volume Index75.6 cu. ft. (2.140 cu. m)
Trunk Liftover Height27.7 (703.6)

Drivetrain

Fiat 500

No changes to the 500’s powertrain, so expect the 2015 Fiat 500 to still carry the same 1.4-liter inline four engine that produces 101 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 98 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. It’s far from a performance juggernaut, but enough to satisfy customers who understand where the true appeal in the 500 lies.

2015 Fiat 500 - Drivetrain Specifications

Type and DescriptionInline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled
Displacement83.48 cu. in. (1368 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke2.83 x 3.31 in. (72.0 x 84.0 mm)
Valve SystemBelt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel InjectionSequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
ConstructionCast iron block with aluminum-alloy heads and aluminum-alloy bedplate
Compression Ratio10.8:1
Power (SAE net)101 bhp (75 kW) @ 6,500 rpm (73.8 bhp/liter)
Torque (SAE net)98 lb.-ft. (133 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm
Max. Engine Speed6,900 rpm (electronically limited)

Prices

Fiat 500

Fiat has given no indication on whether the improved interior was enough to justify a price hike. We’ll know soon enough though as the model is set to become available in July 2014. Having said that, ti shouldn’t be too far out from the current 500 price, which is about $16,000 for the coupe and just under $20,000 for the cabrio version.

Competition

Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta

the 500 also gets the benefit of a redesigned center console, making it more useful and easier to navigate for both the driver and the front passenger.

With the arrival of the Fiat 500 in the US, cars like the Ford Fiesta need to understand the appeal this type of car has to younger customers. Maybe that’s why Ford has made it a point to make the Fiesta more approachable, highlighted by impressive new details on the 2014 model, including a new grille that looks far better than the chrome-trimmed accent on the previous year and the air intakes deep in the lower bumper.

Engine power also favors the Blue Oval Fiesta, thanks to a choice of two engines that include a 1.6-liter TI-VCT four-cylinder that produces 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque; a turbocharged 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine with 123 horses; and a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with 197 horsepower in the ST model.

The Fiesta also gets the benefit of having an affordable price, beginning with the S Sedan variant that retails for just $14,000 all the way up to $18,800 for the Titanium Hatch.

Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper

The next-generation Mini Cooper made its long-awaited debut last November and while initial glances seem to point to a relative lack of distinctive changes, a closer look will tell you the exact opposite.

Among other things, the new Cooper also received a revised grille with a smooth, one-piece chrome frame. The headlights were also revised with new graphics and clearly structured inner workings. But the biggest change is the overall shape of the nose, which is far less upright than the previous generation, a change that has given the Cooper a more athletic profile, at least far more than the 500.

Under its hood, the new Cooper gets a variety of engine options, including a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder that delivers a total of 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds with the manual transmission or 7.8 seconds with an automatic with a top speed of 130 mph.

Pricing for the 2014 Cooper begins at $19,950 for the base Cooper model and $23,600 for the Cooper S.

Conclusion

Fiat 500

In the short time that it’s been in the U.S. market, the Fiat 500 is become one of its most successful city cars. The classic, funky look of the 500, coupled with all those interior upgrades and the reasonable price tag attached to it only enhance the 2015 500’s appeal.

LOVE IT
  • New display has more features
  • Still looks like a cute ride
  • Affordable price
LEAVE IT
  • Space is limited, obviously
  • Competitive market
  • Entry-level engine is paces short of rivals’ offerings

Press Release

The 2015 Fiat 500 vehicle lineup, to be showcased at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, will include a number of interior enhancements for increased driver convenience and ease of use, including an advanced instrument panel with a 7-inch high-definition TFT (Thin Film Transistor) cluster display.

The new 7-inch TFT cluster allows drivers to easily monitor data like speed, fuel level, Eco index and trip information. While on the main screen, an image of the vehicle is surrounded by information, including distance traveled, gas mileage and range. A parking screen helps drivers while moving in reverse if the vehicle is equipped with Rear Park Assist. Other screen options include a radio screen that displays information about the station selected and a telephone screen showing call information.

When the vehicle is in Sport mode, the TFT display becomes more aggressive in appearance, complementing the Sport mode’s more engaged driving experience.

The TFT display will be standard on the 2015 Fiat 500 Sport, Lounge, Turbo and Abarth models, and optional on the Pop.

Other interior updates for 2015 include a redesigned center console. To make it more useful for drivers, the revamped console includes a new cup holder design and an additional, conveniently located USB port that is fully functional and integrated with the radio. The 2015 Fiat 500 models will also include Bluetooth streaming audio in addition to the already standard Bluetooth phone connectivity.

“Since launching in March 2011, more than 135,000 Fiat 500 cars have been sold in North America,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC. “We continue to improve the successful 500, retaining its unique Italian flavor while adding unique features, such as a 7-inch TFT display, and incorporating Bluetooth streaming and a more functional center console.”

On the exterior, new paint colors for 2015 are Giallo Moderna Perla (modern pearl yellow), Laser Blu (bright metallic blue) and Billet Argento (billet silver).

In addition to the interior improvements across the Fiat 500 lineup, the Fiat 500 Abarth, Abarth Cabrio and Turbo will add a six-speed automatic transmission as an option for 2015.

Fiat 500

The 2015 Fiat 500 lineup will be available in studios beginning in July 2014.


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