It was in year 2007 that Fiat made a grand comeback 50 years after the original 500 Topolino got discontinued in 1955. In last eight years, Fiat has sold 3.8 million copies of 500. Today, the Italian firm has updated 500 with 1800 design changes. Despite of changes claimed by Fiat, the new car almost look identical to its predecessor.
The are exterior changes, which can be noticed with a closer look. The headlights are updated and modern daytime running LEDs are incorporated. The two horizontal grille are littl
e broad with added chrome. The air intake in the front apron keeps the same form as before, but the grid adds chrome dots. The overlying chrome bar in outgoing model version had been replaced with two counterparts flanking the sides of the air intake. At the rear, there is a similar story except fo
r the rear lights, which are LEDs. A portion of the light fixture has been moved down to the
chrome bar that adorns bumper.
The interior is recognizable from earlier, but there are differences. The steering wheel is slightly updated and the instrument panel in the meter housing is modernized with a digital full-color screen which is now high resolution.
Full engine palette is updated to meet the strict Euro 6 emission standards that came into effect on 1 September last year. Two engines will be available for new Fiat 500 during launch. A 1.2-liter engine with 69 hp and 0.9-liter engine with twin-air technology. The latter will come with two different tunes of power, 85 hp and 105 hp. Later on another 1.2-liter and 1.3-liter eco version of diesel engines will be offered with
95 hp. The motors will be coupled with either 5-speed or 6-speed manual gearbox and a robotized variant called Dualogic. Fiat also said that they have worked with the chassis to improve handling and comfort. Sales of new Fiat 500 will begin in fall.
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