Fiat has launched an all-new sports package in the European for the tiny 500 hatchback. The new 500S fills the gap between the standard 500 and the Abarth version, and will be distinguished by new alloy wheels, front and rear bumpers, side skirts, dark chrome trim, tinted glass and a rear spoiler.
For the interior, Fiat added sportier bucket seats, shift knob and steering wheel — all of them featuring cool red stitching. Of course, lots of 500S logos will remind customers this is indeed an updated Fiat 500.
The new version can be combined with all 500 versions, except the Abarth. This means customers will have the possibility to choose between five different engines: 1.2-liter with 69 horsepower, 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo with 85 horsepower, 1.4-liter with 100 horsepower, 1.2-liter EasyPower with 69 horsepower and 1.3-liter Multijet 16v with 95 horsepower.
On the European market, the new Fiat 500S is priced from €13.750 to €16,050 ($18.200 to $21,229 at the current exchange rates.
Fiat unveiled a very cool teaser video for a possible Fiat 500 crossover earlier this year and now it has been officially confirmed that the 500X crossover will go into production in early 2014 at Fiat’s Melfi factory, incidentally the same plant where the company will also build a new baby Jeep SUV.
As previously announced, the 500X will be offered with a choice of three different engines: the new two-cylinder turbocharged TwinAir engine, a 1.4-liter and a 1.3-liter turbo-diesel. Likewise, the SUV will be based on Fiat’s new "Small Wide" platform, which currently underpins the 500L MPV. As for the new baby Jeep SUV, it will only be available in all-wheel-drive configuration and will be sold worldwide.
Starting in 2015 at the same Melfi factory, Fiat will manufacture the replacement for the current Punto, plus another 500L-based model starting 2016. The new plant required an investement of £810m and will allow up to 1600 vehicles to be built on a three-shift pattern.
The Fiat 500L is a rather unique car. Technically, it was born from the 500, but the 500L doesn’t really fit the bill of a compact car. On top of that, actually looks pretty fresh when you compare it to its bland base brother.
The 500L Trekking is being touted as the more adventurous side of the 500L and, true to the name it’s been given, it offers the kind of sporty and rugged look that some may not expect from the 500. Who knew that Fiat actually had this up its sleeve?
The aggressively styled front and rear fascias are the first things you’ll notice about the 500L Trekking. Pair that with the flared wheel arches that further accentuate the car’s aggressive stance and the body-side sill moldings, and you have a vehicle that’s far from your “typical” Fiat 500. Let’s not forget to give some love to the set of 17-by-7-inch aluminum wheels, which complement the body well.
Inside the cabin there are more of the same enhancements. The cabin is highlighted by a two-tone Nero/Marrone (black/brown) interior environment, which elevates the rugged characteristics of the vehicle to q whole new level. Combine the appearance with high-tech equipment, like the all-new Uconnect 5.0 system, makes for a great balance of looks and practicality. This standard Uconnect system features a 5-inch intelligently and intuitively designed touchscreen interface, hands-free calling and Bluetooth streaming audio. Add in the voice-controlled audio system, and you have a technology masterpiece.
Expect to see the 2014 Fiat 500L and its Trekking variant in U.S. showrooms in mid-2013. No pricing details are available just yet.
UPDATE 02/28/13: The Fiat 500L Trekking Concept is making its way to the Geneva Motor Show. Better keep an eye out on this bugsy concept because there’s a good chance that it’s going to catch some stares.
The Fiat 500 has enjoyed tremendous success since it arrived a couple of years ago. So much so that the Italian automaker has released a number of spinoff models, like the 500L, 500C, and 500XL, to capitalize on the core 500’s increasing popularity.
We recently found out that in addition to extending its 500 model lineup, Fiat is also releasing a top-of-the-line variant of the 500L, called the Panoramic Edition.
The biggest addition to the 500L Panoramic Edition is the newly-added glass roof, which pretty much explains why Fiat dubbed it the Panoramic Edition. On top of that, this model also comes with a number of modifications, including new leather seats, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, a touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Bluetooth, USB and aux-in connectivity, a set of 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels and two new exterior color options: Bianco Gelato and Grigo Moda.
No mechanical modifications were performed on the 500L Panoramic Edition so you can expect it to carry the same 1.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine from the standard 500, one that produces 101 horsepower.
Thought to be impossible to pull off by many skeptics, it seems that engineers at the Fiat Megafactory are now celebrating with a nice bottle of the champagne (we guess). Why the celebration, you ask? The factory rolled out a Lounge version of a funky white Fiat 500 that is powered by Fiat’s 1.2L 67bhp engine. And, apparently, this 500 happened to be the one millionth example that Fiat has built, since launch in 2007. Skeptics couldn’t believe the fact that an overtly costly, two door hatch pulled-off the feat in 5 years.
The Fiat 500, since launch, was surprisingly a success for the Italian giant. Thanks to the 500, Fiat managed to grab around 13.9% market share in the European market. The following year Fiat managed to sell a record breaking 186,000 units. This is an impressive feat considering the fact that the original Fiat 500, while selling 3.4 million units till end of production at ’75, managed to take four years to sell 180,000 units.
The key selling points of this little hot hatch is its ease of driving around and the plethora of customization by Fiat themselves that the customer can opt for, making each Fiat 500 a unique example.
Do you think the Fiat can sell even more of the 500, say 1.5 million or (we are stretching here) 2 million units? Let us know in the comments section
Last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show Fiat unveiled the American version of the Fiat 500 Abarth and this year the company made a comeback with the cabrio version. On the European market the model already enjoys a great success, and Fiat is now hopping it will do the same good impression on the U.S. market.
The model features the same design language as the coupe version, except of course its power-operated cloth top that can be operated at speeds up to 60 mph just be pressing a button.
"The new Fiat 500c Abarth delivers the wicked attitude and track-proven capabilities of the hatchback model, now with the rush of open-air Italian performance," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of FIAT Brand for North America — Chrysler Group LLC. "And with the push of a button our new turbocharged cabrio can unleash that added sense of freedom, while offering one of the most respected soundtracks of all-time, the rasp from its signature Abarth-tuned dual exhausts."
The new Fiat 500C Abarth will go on sale in the first-quarter of 2013.
UPDATE 12/06/12: Hold on to you pants, gentlemen. Fiat recently released a new commercial promoting the Abarth 500 Cabriolet. Suffice to say, it features supermodel Catrinel Menghia, a naughty little scorpion, and the 500C. Oh, and did we mention that Menghia went "topless" in the ad? Yep, click on the photo above to check it out! Full story
European aftermarket companies rarely make the trip to Las Vegas to get into the mix at the SEMA Auto Show, opting for the geographically more convenient Essen, Germany to show their wares at the Essen Motor Show.
Yet every so often, an exception jumps into the fray. Italian aftermarket company Romeo Ferraris is taking the long distance approach by presenting Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale USA Tribute model.
As the name suggests, the model is paying homage to the good ol’ Stars and Stripes and serves as the Italian tuner’s entry into the U.S. market. That’s quite a way to make a splash, if we do say so ourselves.
As far as the car itself, it certainly looks like Romeo Ferraris taken the American tribute pretty seriously. The 500 Cinquone Stradale USA Tribute was dressed in red, white, and blue accents, complete with a new widebody kit that includes a ventilated hood, modified bumpers, a refreshed side skirt, extended fenders, and a set of Romeo Ferraris alloy wheels with a Brembo brake system.
The interior was also treated to the full race regalia, including a roll bar, an extinguisher, a helmet storage compartment, a pair of Recaro monocoque sports front seats, four-point belts, leather and Alcantara with red stitching on the cover of the passenger compartment, and a carbon dash.
Under its hood, the 500 Cinquone Stradale USA Tribute packs quite a punch too, thanks to a 1.4-liter engine that drops 235 horsepower. There are a number of mechanical upgrades added into the mix, particularly a sports air filter, a sports mid-pipe, an empowered turbine, a front intercooler, a clutch kit, and a fuel pressure regulator.
That’s only the beginning. There are also new injectors, special pistons and camshafts, Romeo Ferraris synthetic engine oil for competition, an adjustable coilover kit,
It’s not the 300-horsepower capabilities of the Euro model, but with a car of its stature 235 is plenty enough for us.
To hear the term “Café Racer” placed on a four-wheeled vehicle may seem odd, as it is typically reserved for a stripped-down-for-speed motorcycle, but the Fiat 500 is so tiny that it almost fits. At the 2012 SEMA show, Fiat unveiled yet another concept version of its 500 model, and it bears that exact name: Café Racer.
The details are still incomplete yet, but Fiat has released a video on the Interwebz laying out what to expect. The Fiat 500 Café Racer will have all of its attention turned toward weight savings and aerodynamics. Adding to the aerodynamics of the 500’s body includes installing a set of lowering springs and chopping about 4 inches off of the 500’s overall height, giving airflow a much shorter path to the back end.
In terms of weight savings, Fiat installed aftermarket lightweight rims, shaved the door handles, installed Lexan glass, and even trimmed the exhaust system down to a side-exit setup. On the inside, Fiat stripped the 500 down to basically only the things you need to drive the car, leaving only a pair of very small, bomber-style seats up front.
In-tow behind the 500 will be a Café Racer motorcycle that dons the same silver paint job as its Fiat 500 tow vehicle. Hm, a Fiat 500 towing something; that’s a novel and almost funny concept in itself…
We are certain that there are plenty more modifications that will be announced at SEMA, so keep an eye out.
We admit to not being all that intrigued by the Fiat Bravo. Sure, it’s an affordable hatchback that looks pretty decent and has the corresponding performance qualifications to make it a nice, everyday ride, but for all the positive vibes of the Bravo, there’s very little about it that really jumps off the page. Well, except if Fiat decides to green light a production version of the just-introduced Bravo Xtreme Concept.
Looking the part of a Ford Focus ST conqueror, the Bravo Xtreme Concept is what we believe the Bravo should’ve looked like a long time ago. The aggressive body kit adds a level of attitude to the vehicle, particularly with the use of a new front bumper with its own large grille, as well as a pair of side vents, each with its own built-in LED. Over at the back, the Bravo Xtreme Concept also received some upgrades, particularly the use of a new bumper, its own LED taillights, the presence of two exhaust pipes, a pair of roof spoilers and diffuser, and a new set of two-tone alloy wheels.
Sound impressive, but the Bravo Xtreme Concept also has its fair share of interior digs, including a four individual seats, an updated dashboard, a new center console with screens integrated into the front seats’ headrests, and a new audio system from ASK.
Under its hood, the Bravo Xtreme Concept also received a rather interesting - and more powerful - engine: a 1.4-liter 16V T-Jet engine that produces an impressive 253 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 245 lb/ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.
It’s not just not shabby in our books, it’s pretty downright impressive if you ask us.
When it comes about summer, models like Fiat 500 are the most fun to drive. And when you say summer you automatically think about beach. So, even if the SEMA Auto Show takes place late in the fall, Mopar decided to came in Las Vegas with a very cool Fiat 500 specially designed for the beach.
This very cool Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser is painted in a unique charcoal, matte-grey combined with wheels painted in red and with the center caps brushed in satin. Mopar has opted for a widened body (by a foot for both the front and rear). For the exterior the door handles, mirrors, front chin spoiler, and Mopar roof rack surfboard carrier received a satin, brushed finish and they create a very cool contrast with the headlamps that are tinted. The prototype has also received a Mopar hood and a Mopar rear deck lid, plus old school-style fender flares that cover aluminum Mopar prototype wheels.
For the interior Mopar opted for the same satin brushed finish as on the exterior combined with seats wrapped in a dark grey "naugahyde" high-gloss vinyl and a roof rack featuring the creative "boardwalk" inspired floor slats.
Mopar has also added some performance upgrades, including a Mopar exhaust and Mopar cold-air intake, but they did not announced yet how this changes affected the engine’s output.