Trying to spice things up with black trim

Originally introduced in 1957, the Fiat 500 remained in production for nearly 20 years, during which it became one of the most iconic vehicles in history. The nameplate was revived in 2007 as a competitor for the modern Volkswagen Beetle and Mini Cooper and was received with great enthusiasm. However, Fiat didn’t do much to upgrade it over the last 11 years, with only two minor facelifts launched as of 2018. The latest update was unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, where Fiat also brought the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine back to the U.S. in a non-Abarth model. Two months later and the Italian brand launched a new special edition model called the Urbana Edition.

It’s become quite common for automakers to add special edition models when their facelifts aren’t very consistent, and this is exactly what the Urbana Edition is all about. With add-ons that include black trim, new wheels, and a limited color palette, the Urbana Edition was designed to keep things interesting for a vehicle that’s getting a bit long in the tooth. The 500 is not alone in this though, as both the 500L and 500X received identical packages. The 500 Urbana Edition will become available this spring.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat 500 Urbana Edition.

What makes the Fiat 500 Urbana Edition special

  • Black trim headlamps
  • Black trim foglamps
  • New "hyper-black" wheels
  • Five exterior colors
  • Black Sport Cloth seats
  • Silver accent stitching
  • Black trim on the dashboard
2018 Fiat 500 Urbana Edition Exterior
- image 775200
The Urbana package doesn’t do much to alter the 500’s exterior, but extra features give it a slightly sportier stance

The Urbana package doesn’t do much to alter the 500’s exterior, but extra features give it a slightly sportier stance. This new look comes from the black trim of the headlamps and fog lamps, which work well with just about any color and not just the white hue of the presentation model. Fiat also added new wheels, which are made from aluminum and finished some sort of dark chrome that the Italians call "hyper-black." The rims measure 16 inches and have black hubcaps with the "500" logo and a red ring for contrast.

Other than that, the Urbana Edition is pretty much a standard 500, so it benefits from the upgrades that Fiat introduced in 2018. Up front, highlights include a revised bumper with new air intakes, new fog lamps, and Abarth-inspired cues. Fiat also added revised side sills and gave the rear end a more aggressive stance by way of a bigger spoiler and a diffuser-like element. There’s also a larger exhaust pipe and a "turbo" badge on the tailgate.

2018 Fiat 500 Urbana Edition Exterior
- image 775199
The sporty bucket seats are wrapped in black Sport Cloth with silver accent stitching

The Urbana Edition is limited to five exterior colors: Pompei Silver, Bianco White Ice, Perla White Tri-coat, Granito Gray, and Metallo Gray.

Inside the cabin, the Urbana package is all about black accents. The sporty bucket seats are wrapped in black Sport Cloth with silver accent stitching, while the dashboard sports black bezels and trim. These features join the only new feature that the cabin received in 2018 in the form of a Parkview rear backup camera.

The drivetrain remains unchanged for this model, so it comes with the same turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. The mill mates to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.


2018 Fiat 500 Exterior
- image 768185

Read our full review on the 2018 Fiat 500.

2014 Fiat 500L High Resolution Exterior
- image 511016

Read our full review on the 2018 Fiat 500L.

2016 - 2018 Fiat 500X High Resolution Exterior
- image 571209

Read our full review on the 2018 Fiat 500X.

no article
- image 753156

Read more Fiat news.

no article
- image 769406

Read more New York Auto Show news.

Press release

On the heels of announcing an all-turbo 500 lineup, the FIAT brand announced today the new 2018 Fiat 500 Urbana Edition. The latest entrant to the Urbana lineup will be on display at this year’s New York International Auto Show.

“With an all-turbo Fiat 500 lineup in 2018, our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive icon now comes standard with more horsepower than any of its competitors,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “With the addition of our new Fiat 500 Urbana Edition, we’re creating a new custom, personalized option for our customers.”

2018 Fiat 500 Urbana Edition
Available on 2018 Fiat 500 Pop hatchback models, the Fiat 500 Urbana Edition offers a number of ways for FIAT customers to display their personality and stand out from the crowd. Unique highlights include features such as black-trimmed exterior lights and 16-inch hyper-black aluminum wheels that display signature Urbana Edition elements, adding to the classic Italian Fiat 500 style.

Inside, sleek interior cues include black Sport Cloth front bucket seats with silver accent stitching and a black instrument-panel bezel adding to the fun-to-drive environment.

Available exterior paint colors include Pompei Silver, Bianco White Ice, Perla White Tri-coat, Granito Gray and Metallo Gray.

The 2018 Fiat 500 Urbana Edition will arrive in FIAT studios this spring.

2018 Fiat 500L Urbana Edition
The 2018 Fiat 500L Urbana Edition adds a unique look to 500L Trekking models, with 17-inch black aluminum wheels, black exterior mirrors and a black roof. Six exterior paint colors are available with the package: Blu Denim, Blue Tornado, Bronzo Metallizato (Bronze Metallic), Arancio Pastello (Pastel Orange), Bianco (White) and Giallo (Yellow).

The 500L Urbana Edition is available on 2018 500L Trekking models for an additional $395 and is available in FIAT studios now.

2018 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition
Based on the Fiat 500X Trekking model, the 2018 500X Urbana Edition features Miron black-painted mirror caps, door handles, tail-lamp surrounds, tailgate release and skid plate, all highlighted with the copper-accented side molding and 500X logo. The 18-inch matte black and Miron wheels are also accented with a copper center cap, while Mopar side moldings, black side roof rails and dark headlamp surrounds add to the 500X Urbana Edition’s head-turning appearance.

Inside, the 500X Urbana Edition features limited-edition seats with black Castiglio chevron-patterned fabric, black textured instrument panel with a copper 500 logo, black-painted center console and door-panel bezel, and Miron-painted radio and vent bezels.

The 500X Urbana Edition package is available for $845 on both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive 2018 500X Trekking models, which start at $23,685 and $25,585 U.S. MSRP respectively (excluding destination). The 2018 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition is available in FIAT studios now.

View the full press release Hide press release
Press release
What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: