Fiat 500 updated for Europe
Set to debut this September at the Frankfurt Auto Show, modestly refreshed versions of the European Fiat 500 and 500c Cabriolet have been revealed. Launched on July 4, the 48th anniversary of the original's introduction, the newest 500 benefits from a nose and tail tweak and enhanced interior features. While there's no word yet if any of these revamps will transfer over to their marginally larger American cousins -- which feature slightly different architecture and are built in Toluca, Mexico -- at least some of the 1,800 changes seem likely to land here as well at some point.
Key exterior revisions to what's being called the New Fiat 500 are found up front where its redrawn fascia carries restyled headlights, LED running lamps, modified grilles and unique brightwork while the rear of the car sports "empty" light cluster taillamps that feature body-color centers. In Europe, buyers can choose from 13 colors - including new Glam Coral and Avantgarde Bordeaux and five new "Second Skin" options that use patterned wrap treatments. The 500 also sports revamped 15-inch/16-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the Nuovo Cinquecento's cabin features a redesigned dash featuring a new analog/digital circular main instrument cluster and a sophisticated Uconnect infotainment package with a TFT touchscreen display. TomTom voice-activated navigation is available. Upgraded front buckets offer revised upholstery patterns along with added comfort and support while an updated sport steering wheel features more user-friendly multifunction control buttons. The center console is new with a new look and greater functionality. Additional soundproofing in the wheelhouses and firewall reduces ambient noise levels. In addition to a modified engine lineup, the New 500 will offer a wider range of personalization that includes an array of Mopar accessories.
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