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2021 Fiat Mobi Pickup

2021 Fiat Mobi Pickup

Fiat prepares a truck smaller than the Toro, but it’s not coming to the U.S.

The 2021 Fiat Mobi Pickup is an upcoming utility vehicle based on the Mobi, a city car that the Italian firm produces exclusively for the South American market. Just like the Mobi, this small pickup truck will be produced in Brasil and sold in South America only. Heavily related to the Fiat Fiorino, it will replace the Strada, a small pickup related to the Fiat Palio. The Strada is sold in Mexico as the Ram 700. The Mobi Pickup, which might have a different name when it arrives, will be Fiat’s second truck in showrooms after the Toro. Spotted testing in early 2020, the Mobi Pickup will probably break cover later in 2020, most likely at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in November.

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2021 Fiat 500

2021 Fiat 500

The iconic city car drives into a new (electric?) era

The 2021 Fiat 500 is the second-generation version of the modern 500. The 2021 model will replace a car that has been around since 2007, so it’s already 13 years old as of 2020. With the 500 discontinued in the United States and on its way out in Europe, a new-generation models will arrive in 2020.

Fiat has already confirmed that a new 500 is underway, but details remain scarce. We also know that on top of the usual hatchback and convertible models, Fiat will launch a five-door wagon that will revive the Giardiniera name. Let’s find out more about the upcoming 2021 Fiat 500 in the speculative review below.

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A New EV-Only Fiat 500 Is on the Way, But What Will It Look Like?

A New EV-Only Fiat 500 Is on the Way, But What Will It Look Like?

Next Fiat 500 will be all-electric and the spearhead of a new five-vehicle European offensive

Fiat has been selling the current 500 city runabout for over ten years, mostly unchanged, and it will have to replace it with an all-new model fairly soon. Back in 2007, when it was first revealed, it was a response to the success that BMW was having with the MINI Cooper and VW with its revived Beetle, both of which were unashamedly retro-inspired.

Times are changing now, and the focus is more on how green cars are these days, as well as their level of perceived quality - how “premium” they feel. Fiat is reportedly working on the next-gen 500 and it is apparently not only going to be slightly bigger than the current car, but also fully-electric and considerably more luxurious.

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2018 Fiat C-SUV

2018 Fiat C-SUV

A bigger 500 buoy

Love it or hate it, the compact crossover segment remains as popular as ever, both domestically and abroad. Automakers of every stripe are cashing in on consumers’ love for small, jacked-up passenger vehicles, and Fiat Chrysler is certainly no exception. The Italian-American company’s current product lineup already includes the 500X, a sub-compact crossover based on the iconic Fiat 500 city car, but the marque lacks a contender for the slightly larger compact SUV segment. That could change with a new, as-of-yet unconfirmed C-SUV.

While official details are still under wraps, rumors have been swirling that Fiat is prepping the new model (which will possibly adopt the name “500XL”) for a reveal sometime in 2017 or 2018, with production kicking into shortly thereafter. The release will reportedly shadow the upcoming replacement for the Jeep Patriot and Compass, a.k.a. the “Jeep 551,” with the same platform shared between the two models.

Further speculation points to South America as the first market slated to receive the new model, given its construction on the continent. A global release would quickly follow.

We recently received a batch of spy shots that could very well have captured the upcoming Fiat C-SUV out doing some testing, although we’re not yet total certain. Either way, read on for my speculative review.

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2017 Fiat Punto

2017 Fiat Punto

Fiat may finally redesign the Punto

Spring is pretty much knocking on our door, but we’re not quite out of the cold season yet. So, some manufacturers are still taking advantage of the cold and performing cold weather testing on their future models. It’s the same story we get every year about this time, but today I’m here to talk about the next Fiat Punto. That’s right, after more than ten years, our spy photographers have caught what we believe to be the next Fiat Punto playing in the Swedish snow.

This new Punto is expected to hit the market in 2017, so it’s still a bit early in the testing phase. Early enough, in fact, that the new Punto is wearing so much camo and padding that we can’t really make out any of the underlying design cues. As far as we know, this prototype is code named X6H, and it’s being developed mainly for the South American market.

Even though we can’t make out much under that camo, and information is rather scant at the moment, we can still speculate on what the new Punto brings to the table. It should certainly be interesting, given the long tour of duty the current Punto has endured. Something fresh is certainly overdue, so let’s take a look at these new spy shots and talk a little bit about X6H.

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2017 Fiat 500X Abarth

2017 Fiat 500X Abarth

Abarth is working on its first ever crossover and there’s a big chance that this beefed-up 500X will borrow its engine from the Alfa Romeo 4C

Compact crossovers continue to gain popularity in the U.S. and Europe, and it seems like every automaker is getting in on the fun. Now, the latest craze is taking these small utility vehicles and turning them into performance rigs. It all began with the funky 2016 Juke-R Nismo, then moved on to the 2015 Mercedes GLA 45 AMG. When Fiat unveiled the 500X at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, rumors began to swirl about an Abarth version, which would be the first crossover to sport the iconic Scorpion badge. After months of speculation, we finally have proof that Fiat is indeed working on a high-performance version of the 500X.

The prototype seen in our recent spy shots may seem like a regular 500X at first glance, but several tell-tale signs about its actual identity are noticeable upon closer inspection. And that’s exactly what we will discuss in the speculative review below.

There’s no official word as to when the 500X Abarth will break cover, but an unveiling is expected to occur by the end of the year, most likely at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October. If this turns out to be true, the beefed-up crossover will arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2017.

Updated 02/04/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Fiat 500X Abarth out for a first testing session.

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2017 Fiat 500 Abarth

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth

Most Fiat 500 models got a refresh in July of 2015, but the 500 Abarth was put on a waiting list, well at least until now. Fiat has yet to release official details about the refreshed 500 Abarth, but our spy photographers have managed to get a few spy shots of the car sporting black and white camo over its red exterior.

For the most part, the 500 Abarth will take on a lot of the same design cues from the standard 500, but with an Abarth twist on them to give the car the aggressive look one would expect from an Abarth. As you can see from these shots, the car is currently fixed to a flatbed, probably on its way to delivery for on-road testing. If that is the case, that means the car is pretty much production ready – save for a few minor tweaks.

Assuming there are no major issues found during road testing, we expect to see the refreshed 500 Abarth debut in the first quarter of 2016 – probably at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Until official details emerge, let’s take a look at what we know, and what we can determine from these few spy shots.

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2019 Abarth 124 Coupe

2019 Abarth 124 Coupe

Shortly after Fiat unveiled the Miata-based 124 Spider, rumors that Abarth might build a rally-spec version surfaced the Interwebz. Reports claimed that the FIA was planning to introduce a new sports car category for the World Rally Championship, which would allow vehicles the size of the 124 to take part in the series. Though neither Abarth nor the FIA confirmed the rumor, we went ahead and created a rendering and a speculative review about the Abarth 124 WRC, which, according to current WRC regulations, would have to be a coupe.

Then it occurred to me that if Abarth will indeed build a race-spec, coupe version of the 124, it could also develop a road-going variant. With so many Miata fans clamoring for a full-fledged coupe, I’m sure such a model would be pretty popular with MX-5 enthusiasts despite having a different exterior design and an Abarth badge on its nose. Not to mention that unless Fiat has some sort of agreement with Mazda that prevents it from building different body styles, an Abarth 124 Coupe would be doable with the performance division having the necessary experience from the rally car.

Now you might ask why an Abarth and not a Fiat? Well, turning the Spider into a mass-produced coupe would require a hefty investment and given the fact that FCA isn’t doing quite well financially, Sergio Marchionne wouldn’t approve such a project. Under Abarth, however, the 124 Coupe could be developed as a coach-built vehicle and produced in a limited run and for a more exotic price tag. This would be similar to what Abarth did with the original 124 Spider in the early 1970s, when the 124 Rally had to be homologated for the World Rally Championship.

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2018 Abarth 124 WRC

2018 Abarth 124 WRC

It hasn’t been long since Fiat unveiled the 124 Spider, a stylish roadster based on the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5. Now, word has it that the Italians are also planning a racing version for the World Rally Championship. If this proves to be true, the modern-day 124 Spider will follow in the exact footsteps of its predecessor, which also spawned a rally car, despite Fiat not offering a production coupe model. But, as exciting as it may sound, Abarth’s return to rallying is still a rumor as of December 2015.

It’s not because the Italian brand wouldn’t be able to turn the roadster into a tarmac-eating machine. The main problem is that a WRC-spec 124 Abarth currently has no class to race in, as the World Rally Championship has become a competition for superminis only.

In November 2015, Piston Heads reported — quoting sources close to Abarth — that the FIA is considering a new sports car category for the WRC. The class will be designed "to restore some petrolhead credibility to the series" and will allow larger vehicles, such as the Fiat 124 Spider, to race. For the uninitiated, WRC used to allow a wider range of cars in the 1970s and 1980s, from the Porsche 911 to the significantly larger, four-door Audi 200 Quattro.

We won’t find out whether FIA will indeed create a new class anytime soon, but the thought that Abarth might return to rallying is exciting to say the least. With that in mind, we decided to create a rendering of the Abarth 124 WRC and talk about as to what it might bring to the table. Find out more in my speculative review below.

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2017 Fiat Toro

2017 Fiat Toro

The list of global pickups that aren’t available in the U.S. grows ever longer thanks to Fiat. The Brazilian arm of the automaker has released this photo of the compact truck, but with only a few savory details.

Called the Toro, the pickup will ride on Fiat’s Small wide 4x4 platform also found under the Jeep Renegade. The Toro will be much larger than the cute-‘ute, however, measuring 26 inches longer. Its size is still compact, especially when compared to the Chevrolet Colorado. The Fiat is a full 20 inches shorter than a Colorado Extended Cab.

Like most trucks, the Toro will give customers a wide range of configurations to choose from, including three trim levels, both 2WD and 4WD configurations, and two engine choices, including a turbodiesel.

Fiat says the Toro will have the luxury car-like features with seating for five. A payload rating of 2,204 pounds allows owners to haul a decent amount of cargo, though the Toro’s unibody construction keeps it from competing with the global Colorado and Ford Ranger.

The Toro is expected to make its full debut by the end of 2015 with sales starting in the early parts of 2016.

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2017 Fiat Toro

2017 Fiat Toro

The list of global pickups that aren’t available in the U.S. grows ever longer thanks to Fiat. The Brazilian arm of the automaker has released this photo of the compact truck, but with only a few savory details.

Called the Toro, the pickup will ride on Fiat’s Small wide 4x4 platform also found under the Jeep Renegade. The Toro will be much larger than the cute-‘ute, however, measuring 26 inches longer. Its size is still compact, especially when compared to the Chevrolet Colorado. The Fiat is a full 20 inches shorter than a Colorado Extended Cab.

Like most trucks, the Toro will give customers a wide range of configurations to choose from, including three trim levels, both 2WD and 4WD configurations, and two engine choices, including a turbodiesel.

Fiat says the Toro will have the luxury car-like features with seating for five. A payload rating of 2,204 pounds allows owners to haul a decent amount of cargo, though the Toro’s unibody construction keeps it from competing with the global Colorado and Ford Ranger.

The Toro is expected to make its full debut by the end of 2015 with sales starting in the early parts of 2016.

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Fiat Chrysler Trademarks "Barracuda"

Fiat Chrysler Trademarks "Barracuda"

The 1964-1974 Plymouth Barracuda has been out of production for more than 40 years now, but the name has been popping up in the rumor mill with great frequency over the last six years, and Fiat Chrysler only keeps fanning the flames. The latest Barracuda-related news comes from a trademark filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the name under “motor vehicles, namely, passenger automobiles, their structural parts, trim and badges.”

Chrysler enthusiast site Allpar spotted this trademark news, which was filed on June 23rd, but is quick to point out that it doesn’t necessarily mean that FCA has any plans to apply the name to a future vehicle. Trademarks are updated all the time, and the site even speculates that it could be just to maintain licensing.

As for the rumors of a next-gen Barracuda, they started popping up about the same time as the Challenger’s arrival, and most recently as an SRT-badged replacement for the Dodge Challenger. Of course, that never happened and most likely won’t, especially with the SRT brand being folded back into Dodge.

Either way, only time will tell, but with the strong streak that FCA has been on recently, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a Chrysler Barracuda sports car hit the road in the near future.

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2016 Fiat 500

2016 Fiat 500

Fiat has unveiled its latest refresh for the 500, giving the diminutive hatch a tweaked exterior style, a much improved interior appointment, and an updated drivetrain, all with that characteristic 500 flair. For the 2016 model year, the 500 isn’t a dramatic departure over the outgoing model, but it does well to keep the iconic model feeling new.

Keeping the 500 from going stale is critical for Fiat, as the automaker has been inconsistent when it comes to moving units as of late. After all, the 500 is one of the brand’s most visible products, with a history of offering the masses style, self-expression and mobility, all without breaking the bank.

Originally offered on July 4th, 1957, the “new” Fiat 500 was reintroduced in 2007, and now, eight years later, Fiat hopes to continue to capitalize on its heritage with a modern take on the old 500 vision. So far, the 500 has done well to capture buyer’s interest, with 1.5 million vehicles sold worldwide since 2007.

All told, the 2016 model offers a renewed look at an old favorite.

Updated 07/03/2015: Fiat dropped the official details on the revised Fiat 500 with just one day before its world debut.

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Fiat 500 Facelift Caught Testing: Spy Shots

Fiat 500 Facelift Caught Testing: Spy Shots

It’s been only a week since our paparazzi spotted a pair of facelifted Fiat 500s resting in a garage, and we’ve just received photos of the exact same cars on the go. Unfortunately, both the hatch and the convertible are still covered in swirly wrap top to bottom. However, the good news is that our spy photographers managed to find out precious information about the updated 500. Specifically, they basically confirmed what I already suspected: the 500’s front fascia has borrowed most of its styling from the 2016 500X crossover.

Whether this is good or bad is a matter of taste really, but it also depends on the number of details the city car got from its larger sibling. If you ask me, the bigger, oval headlamps would be a dramatic improvement over the previous model, but I’d prefer that the turn signals below would be kept significantly smaller than on the crossover.

As noted in the previous spy shots article, there will be a longer grille and revised fog lamps relocated further apart. There’s no word as to what changed around back, but the photos suggest redesigned taillight clusters and a beefier, reshaped rear bumper. We should find out more about it as we move closer to the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, where the face-lifted 500 is reportedly set to break cover. Stay tuned for more spy shots with less camouflage and more details to talk about.

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