When Fiat launched the 500 on 4th of July 2007 they also announced another 2 version are on the work: a convertible version and an estate version. The second one, the estate version is set to be unveiled in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show with sales to begin later after. It will come to compete with MINI Clubman.

The compact estate is inspired by the small load-lugger from the Sixties, and could even carry the same Giardiniera badge worn by that model. Fiat will keep development costs to a minimum by using the same front end and wheelbase as found on the hatch. However, a slightly longer rear overhang, a more upright tail and a pair of neat alloy roof rails will set the new model apart.

Under the hood there will be the standard 500’s engine range: an entry-level 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol unit, a more power-ful 100bhp 1.4-litre and a 75bhp 1.3-litre Multijet diesel. Fiat is also believed to be considering a hot Abarth version of the estate if there is sufficient demand.

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Source: AutoExpress

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