By Jack Evans
Fiat has unveiled a revised version of its popular 500 city car, with changes to the exterior, interior and engine choices.
Up front, the 500 receives daytime running lights and restyled headlights. The grille has been changed too, as have the rear lights, for a more modern look.
Fiat has also added new alloy wheel designs, measuring in at either 15 or 16 inches. This comes alongside two new exterior colour choices; Corallo Red or Opera Burgundy.
Customers can pick from a range of ‘second skin’ designs too, which include a range of patterns and effects for the exterior of the car, to help buyers make their cars stand out.
With over 1.5 million models produced, the first generation ‘new’ 500 has been a huge success story for Fiat. You can understand, therefore, why the changes to the new model appear so subtle.
Inside, the Uconnect media system is one of the most significant changes, with a large central screen dominating the front of the cabin. On pricier models, a digital display can be found in the instrument binnacle behind the steering wheel, too.
Top of the range ‘Lounge’ models, gain ‘Uconnect Live’ services, which enable owners to connect their smartphone to the car and display applications from their phones on the in-car screen.
Fiat has also revised the 500’s suspension to improve the car’s handling and comfort, while updated engines are available too.
Petrol buyers can choose between two efficient turbocharged 0.9-litre units, producing 84bhp and 104bhp. The former can achieve 74.3mpg, meaning that visits to the petrol station should be a rare occurrence. A 1.3-litre diesel engine should also be available.
Prices start at £10,890, with the updated 500 going on sale in September.
July 6, 2015