Fiat is unlikely to admit this, but you can tell by the amount of promotion it puts on the 500X crossover, that the company expects big things out of the model. I personally don’t blame Fiat for taking this approach, especially when it’s involved in a market that’s as competitive as it’s ever been. If the 500X is to distinguish itself against a market that includes its cousin, the Jeep Renegade, Fiat needs to pull out all the stops to give it an edge. That’s exactly what the company did when it unveiled the 500X Chicane at the SEMA Auto Show.
For all intents and purposes, the Chicane is a “Moparized” version of the 500X that lacks the concept vibe of its fellow SEMA attendee, the 500X Mobe. The former is actually fit to be in dealerships right now since its main focus is to showcase Mopar’s specialized parts and accessories for the new crossover.
Unlike most concepts shown in SEMA, there’s a good chance that we’ll see a similar aftermarket package from Mopar in dealerships soon.It’s not necessarily going to be identical to Chrysler’s aftermarket parts and accessories division used on the 500X, but it should be along the same lines.
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The Fiat 500 has been a mainstay at the SEMA Auto Show, having been displayed in numerous guises over the past few years. Some of the past 500s that have graced the Las Vegas stage include the 500 Titanium by Mopar Underground and the 500 Abarth Scorpion. Even the 500L, the high-riding variant of the 500, has made an appearance at SEMA. This time, the 500X, the crossover version of the 500, is getting its deserved shine at the annual aftermarket auto show. No less than two iterations will be at SEMA, including the kite-surfing-inspired 500X Mobe.
For those who don’t know, Fiat’s use of “Mobe” can be interpreted in two ways: the first is a reference to a particular kite-surfing move that involves a lot of twisting and turning while in mid-air. The second is a nod to a type of pearl, which makes sense when you take into account the 500X’s Ivory Pearl paint finish.
My money’s on Fiat using both references to create a 500X that’s really fit for adventure-seekers. The 500X also has plenty of other outdoor components that could prove useful for the up-and-about types. I’m not so sure about the 500X Mobe’s chances of ever making it to production, but the showcase of the concept does showcase the enormous custom possibilities the 500 crossover has at its disposal.
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A few years ago it was rather impossible to picture Mopar accessories on a vehicle that’s not part of the Chrysler Group. That’s no longer an issue now that the Pentastar is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Fiat 500 is a common presence across the United States. The 500 is as customizable as a Dodge Challenger through Mopar’s shop, and although you shouldn’t expect to see a Shaker hood on the tiny Italian, Chrysler’s parts, service and customer care division has plenty of packages in store for the hatchback and its derivatives.
The 500L Custom is one of them and, just like the 500 Abarth Scorpion, it will be showcased during the 2014 SEMA Show as a concept vehicle. Although not as aggressive as the Scorpion, the utilitarian 500L reaches a new dimension in its Custom trim thanks to Mopar’s focus on blending Italian design with West Coast culture. The Custom Concept is both modern and traditional, featuring a two-tone paint scheme including a flashy share of red, a lowered suspension and many bespoke body features. It’s an interesting approach for a vehicle that otherwise is regarded as a stylish and somewhat cute crossover. Read on for the full details.
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The Fiat 500 Abarth is headed to the 2014 SEMA Auto Show looking nastier than it’s ever been thanks to Mopar and its showcase piece for the 500 Abarth. The model is aptly called the 500 Abarth Scorpion, and like the name implies, it offers a lethal dose of aftermarket sting for the Italian sports hatchback.
The tuning concept features a load of exterior and interior styling tweaks, the kind that Mopar created to present the 500 Abarth in a more aggressive light. The result is pretty impressive, especially for a car whose size doesn’t do justice to its impressive performance capabilities. The exterior upgrades create a sporty and stylish tone for the program, highlighted by the massive Abarth Scorpoion logo prominently plastered on the vehicle’s hood. The two-tone red-and-white finish is a highlight in its own right, but it’s hard to overthrow the visual dominance of that Abarth Scorpion logo. Once people see it, they’ll know that this isn’t just a middling city car that’s happy to smile for the cameras. The 500 Abarth Scorpion is as deadly on the road as its predatory arthropod namesake is out in the wilderness.
Give proper credit to Mopar for proudly showing the tuning possibilities of the 500 Abarth Scorpion. Maybe after showing it at SEMA, the group will ride that wave of attention and churn out some actual production versions of the 500 Abarth Scorpion. It might be wishful thinking at this point, but don’t put it past Fiat if it means more love coming the 500 Abarth’s way.
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With less than a month left until the 2014 SEMA Show opens its doors on November 4th, automakers are starting to preview some of the projects that we’ll get to see in Las Vegas. While Honda is planning to showcase a handful of modified Fit sub-compacts, among other yet-to-be-named cars, Mopar is readying no less than 11 vehicles for the event..
Chrysler’s parts, service and customer care brand didn’t provide any details of its 2014 SEMA lineup, but in traditional fashion, it released teaser sketches for each vehicle that will be displayed in the brand’s 15,345-square-foot exhibit. This year’s lineup is as diverse as it gets, including cars from each brand found under the Chrysler-Fiat umbrella. Read on to find out what Mopar has in store for us at the SEMA Show.
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The Fiat 500L is probably not the first - or tenth - vehicle you’d associate with accompanying you on your off-road travails.
But that’s the beauty of a show like SEMA; you see cars turned into something you wouldn’t have accepted and they’re all the better for it!
That’s the case with this Mopar-tuned Fiat 500L, called the Adventurer.
One look at its name and you immediately recognize that this 500L wasn’t built to be a city-dweller, like the standard model is supposed to be. Yet you see that the crossover is pretty versatile in it of itself because the 500L Adventurer looks one heck of a rugged hell raiser.
The 500L Adventurer also has a performance upgrade, thanks to a new Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust. No word yet on how much of an output increase it’ll have, but we’re preparing ourselves for a significant increase in performance.
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If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.
Topping its past SEMA showcar roster, it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.
This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.
The first teaser images revealed today show:an updated Jeep Cherokee in various flavors some hot Fiat 500’s a Mopar Ram 1500 and the latest look for the Mopar Chrysler 300.
Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.
The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!
Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.
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.
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.
Of all the B-Spec race cars that are being shown at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, we could argue that, pound-for-pound, Road Race Motorsports’ Fiat 500 is the most impressive of them all.
The Italian hatch-turned-racer was basically stripped down to its bare necessities to make way for the transformation. A widebody carbon fiber body kit - a collaboration between Carbontrix and Road Race Motorsports - was fitted into the Fiat to give it that low stance profile perfect for racing. The car’s chassis set-up was also tweaked by Road Race Motorsports courtesy of a new rear anti-sway bar to provide better handling in racing conditions. As for the wheel-and-tire combination, the 500 sits on a new set of Stance Mindset wheels wrapped on Toyo rubber racing tires. Other features of note regarding the 500 RRM include a timing controller, and, for the purposes of B-Spec Racing, a Drew Tech GPS and Track mapping system and a Zeitronix Data logging system that can store all the pertinent racing data the team’s going to need when they’re in competition.
Finally, we get to the engine, which may not sound impressive considering it’s a Fiat 500. But thanks to Road Race Motorsports, the 500’s 1.4-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine was given an engine tweak, a new sports exhaust system, and a new Road Race intake system. All those improvements gave the 500 a significant output increase to the tune of 138 horsepower, up from the stock version’s 101-horsepower output.
UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the SEMA Show. Find them in the picture gallery.
The Fiat 500 is a relative newbie in the US market so Chrysler is trying to give the little Italian hatchback the proper introduction to American consumers. What better way to do that than to showcase a couple of modified 500s at the SEMA Auto Show?
The first of the two programs is called the Fiat 500 Titanium, one that comes with aggressive styling and premium sport-luxury details. The car was dressed up with a Matte Titanium finish that highlights the car’s sculpted front fascia. There’s also a satin black fascia insert that has integrated LED fog lamps while the circular projector headlamps are finished in gloss black to complement the titanium finish. Mopar also added lowering springs on the car, as well as new side skirts, a large liftgate spoiler that adds downforce for improved stability, a new diffuser, and a set of 16" Matte Titanium wheels with front-and rear-brake calipers. Other elements of the 500 Titanium that are worth noting are the Matte Titanium exterior door handles, mirror caps, a license plate brow, and to make sure the car packs improved performance, a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar cat-back exhaust.
Meanwhile, the interior of the 500 Titanium speaks loudly of high-performance luxury that’s emphasized by Titanium Metallic accents. The lightweight and high-performance front seats come with massive side bolsters. Likewise, the seats have been wrapped in black leather and further accented with Titanium Metallic vinyl seat centers. The seats also feature a black leather center stripe with Metallic Gray accent stitching while the Titanium Metallic vinyl door bolsters go extremely well with the Matte Titanium instrument panel and gauge cluster brow.
Nothing speaks more to the American auto market than a well-dressed vehicle. On all corners, the Fiat 500 Titanium fits that bill.
UPDATE 11/03/11: This review has been updated with official photos from Fiat
Speed and power was never the calling card of this cute, little Italian import we’ve come to love as the Fiat 500. Despite not having the trademark Italian machismo than it’s more powerful compatriot – hello, Ferrari – is known for, the Fiat 500 is special for a very different reason. It’s cute, it’s affordable, and it’s a lot of fun to drive. Safe to say, it’s three of the most important things that people look for in a car. And if you’ve ever wondered how popular the little hatch is, look no further than the 60 plus awards it has bagged, including the 2008 European Car of the Year and the 2009 World Car Design of the Year.
And now that Fiat has a stake in Chrysler, it would have been a crime if SEMA came along and the Fiat 500 wasn’t there to introduce itself to the land of Ford and the home of Chevrolet. Fortunately, the neckties over at Chrysler thought of the same idea and, together with Mopar Underground, have decided to give the 500 a nice dress up for its introduction to the American market.
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