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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Since its revival in 2007, the Fiat 500 has yet to receive a comprehensive styling update. Sure, the Italians launched the half-convertible version known as the 500C, the performance Abarth model, and even an electric version, but, eight years later, mostly all body panels are the same. That’s about to change with the arrival of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, where Fiat should unveil the facelifted 500 our paparazzi just caught resting in a parking lot.
Before you get too excited, let me point out that this facelift is not as revolutionary as it sounds. Fiat may change a few things inside and out, but not to the extent that the 2016 500 will be perceived as an all-new car. The neo-retro design and most of the styling cues that made the Nuova 500 famous are here to say, despite the nips and tucks.
Last time we saw the 2016 500 testing in the wild, the hatch was only wearing camouflage to its front and rear fascias, suggesting those were the areas Fiat had focused on. These new spy shots, on the other hand, depict a completely camouflaged car, a hint that the update may include a lot more new details. We’ll probably find out more at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but until the German event begins, let’s have a look at what we already know about the upcoming 500.
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It appears Fiat is developing a midsize pickup truck that slots above its compact Strada pickup. The news comes as our spy photographer captured these shots during a recent cold-weather test session. What’s more, it’s very likely Ram is in the mix, helping its Italian brother develop a strong competitor against the global Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Hilux.
The new generation Fiat Panda made its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and, just like the previous generation, a 4x4 version is scheduled to follow. The first spy shots have captured the car testing in winter conditions and considering it will be similar to the standard version, expect to see it launched by the end of the year.
The upcoming Panda 4x4 is the perfect alternative for those who want to combine the affordability of a city car with the pleasure of driving a 4x4 model. Compared to the standard Panda, the 4x4 version will sit higher off the ground and will be offered with a different suspension and bigger wheels. For the exterior, the model will get plastic elements at all the corners, but that is where the differences will end for the standard and 4X4 Pandas models.
Just like with the standard version, the future Panda 4x4 will be offered with two TwinAir twin cylinder engines: the 2011 International Engine of the Year 85bhp TwinAir Turbo, or the brand new 65bhp naturally aspirated TwinAir. Both engines are equipped with Start and Stop as standard and a 4x4 system.
In the market of mini sports cars, the Mazda MX-5 is on an island all its own. Rightfully so, too, considering that the MX-5 is one of the most popular cars in history. The thought of competing against the MX-5 has been a tested throughout time, yet somehow, Mazda’s sports car still reigns supreme.
That, of course, hasn’t dissuaded a man like designer David Cardoso, who seems to believe that the MX-5 will meet its rival sooner rather than later. For his part, the designer went ahead and penned his interpretation on what the car would look like. Using Fiat as his peg, Cardoso went out and designed a Fiat 500-based roadster he’s calling the ‘Primo’.
Copying some styling cues from the 500 and putting his own twist into it, the Primo has the look of a sporty and aggressive roadster with a long hood and what looks to be a drop-top treatment.
The Primo, unfortunately, is just a concept rendering by a pretty amazing designer. Fiat has its share of problems and dilemmas it has to deal with before thinking about releasing a 500-based roadster anytime soon.
Then again, we can always hope and dream that we’d see a car like this in the future.
Our readers are always on the lookout for cool cars even very early in the morning. James, just caught 2 Fiat 500s testing in Charlotte, MI. Both cars are tagged in Michigan with manufacturer plates, so no doubt those are official testers. Aside of the two tone white and black matte paint, both cars seems to be ready for the US launch later this year. The Fiat 500 will very likely be the first Fiat to be introduced to the US market. Keep in mind that the Italian car maker only took over Chrysler last year. Will they actually be able to launch this Fiat in 2010, that remain to be seen.
Anyways, back on the pictures, the only visible difference between those two seems to be the front bumper trim, one chrome and one painted and as you can see there is a piece of tape on the corner, may be for some park assist system testing. Let us know if you can find others!
On the back you can see that the rear hatch still got the wide European plate enclosure, so we expect this gap to be filled with some ’bumperette’ similar to the one seen on the rear bumper of Porsche 911’s. As for the parking sensor speculation, we can only see a backup camera but no sensor in the bumpers.
Our reader was daring enough to get closer and take a snap of the interior. The cars were equipped with a computer system on the passenger side for data collection, but aside of that, everything seems to be ready for production and without any camouflage at all. The first car was a manual, the other appeared to be an automatic.
Thanks James for the tip.
The 2011 Fiat Uno may not be the fastest car on the block, but there are still a lot of people that prefer conservative, fuel-efficient vehicles than the more aggressive, high-powered kind, so, at the very least, we’re obligated to show you spy photos of the hatchback whenever such photos pop up.
Fortunately, someone who’s got some pull inside Fiat’s production facility in Brazil was able to take photos of the 2011 Fiat Uno, giving us a clear look at the soon-to-be-released compact vehicle. Judging from these photos, the Uno looks to have incorporated a number of new design cues, including a one-side-three-slot grill, new fender flares and dark headlights.
Specifications included in the car are still a little sketchy but you should at least expect something along the lines of a 1.0-lliter 75 horsepower base model to a more powerful – and we’re using ‘powerful’ relatively – 1.4-liter 102 horsepower model.
Check out the photos and tell us what you think.
Props to Eber for the photos
Here is a spy shot of Fiat’s open roof version of the 500. The ability for this car to keep its distinctive shape in soft-top form suggests that this car may not be a traditional convertible. Instead, Fiat may be using a “rolling roof” for one or all of its open top 500s.
Fiat may choose the rolling roof idea as a tribute to its history. The original 500 convertible utilized a fabric top section that ran from the top of the windshield to the base of the trunk. The fabric area could be peeled back (almost like a sardine can). When opened, the sold metal frame that surrounded the roof section remained.
The 500 convertible should be released late this year or early next year, and Fiat’s convertible plans should have no bearing on its assembly sibling, the Ford Ka. As reported yesterday, the Ka CC will have a folding metal roof, which is one version of the 500 convertible we have not seen or heard about.
Rumors about Fiat working on a modern version of the 1937 Topolino are overred: the first spy shots already appeared. The 2010 Topolino will compete with cars like Toyota IQ, Smart Fortwo, and future Volkswagen Up!
Topolino will have a length of 3.20m and will offer interior space for four adults.
Topolino will be powered by Fiat’s forthcoming 900cc two-cylinder petrol engine, which will first debut in the 500 later this year. While the 500 is likely to come with two versions of this engine – a 105bhp turbo or a normally aspirated 65bhp unit – it will be the latter that powers most Topolino models.
A few days ago we were reporting that the estate version of the Fiat 500 (the 500 Giardiniera) will debut in 2009 and will come to compete with Mini Clubman. And now, here are the first spy shots to prove that the car is really under production.
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. An Abarth version is also under production.