Following fully revealing spyshots, 2016 Fiat 500 has been officially revealed. The diminutive retro classic hatchback which went on to spawn a whole family of modern Fiats (500L and 500X) features minor styling changes and mechanical tweaks. Fiat 500 retro small car managed to clock 1.5 million sales in the span of 8 years.
2015 500 appears to feature only minor cosmetic revisions but Fiat claims to have made 1,800 “innovative detail changes”. The most noticeable ones are the new LED headlamps which are located below primary headlamps and are almost as big. The new bumper gets restyled air dam along with a chrome applique and fog lights. The dimensions have been retained.
The profile stays untouched while the rear gets what Fiat calls as empty light clusters. The outlines of the taillights are illuminated while the centre part has a body colored element from where the light emanates, almost like “illuminated tattoos”. New reverse and fog lights are hosted within a chrome or black insert (depending on the variant). The car is now available in 13 exterior color options including two new hues – Glam Coral and Avantgarde Bordeaux.
Interior gets new UConnect touchscreen infotainment system in top-end variant. Fiat has redesigned the centre console and AC vents to accommodate the new head unit. Chrome accented steering wheel and optional 7-inch instrument panel are the other new items inside.
Engines and gearboxes
As expected, existing powertrain lineup has been retained but improvements make them Euro 6 compliant. The base 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 69 PS and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The 0.9 lire TwinAir tubo petrol motor is available in two states of tune – 85 PS and 105 PS. This motor can be had with a 6-speed manual or Dualogic AMT. Fiat will add a Eco variant of 1.2L and a 95 PS 1.3-litre Multijet II engine to the lineup at a latter stage.
The base variant gets larger front brake discs for improved braking. Standard safety features include 7-airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, ASR and hill hold. The car is available in Pop, Pop Star and Lounge variants.
Fiat will launch 2016 500 in the UK in September, 2015 with prices starting from 10,890 pounds (INR 10.79 lakhs). In India, the company is concentrating on introducing the Abarth performance brand and is unlikely to introduce new 500 anytime soon.