The next-generation 2016 Fiat 500 is preparing to take on new market challenges without forgetting its own deep roots. Don't be fooled, however: The 500 is all-new, with more than 1,800 modifications and upgrades, the company claims.
Exterior highlights include new headlights with LED daytime running lights, new taillights, new 15” and 16” wheels, and a chrome-plated front grille on the Lounge model.
Inside, you'll find a redesigned, more functional environment offering new features and amenities starting with Uconnect infotainment and a 5” display (touchscreen in the Lounge model). Between the analogue instruments is a digital image of the car which can be configured to show the distance travelled, instant fuel consumption, range, trip time, etc. Chrome accents provide contrast, while the new, more ergonomic seats offer nine colour combinations.
With regard to safety, the new 500 is fitted as standard with seven airbags, ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD), advanced electronic stability control (ESC), anti-slip regulation (ASR), the Hill Holder devices (which help the driver with hill starts), hydraulic brake assistance (HBA) to help with emergency stops.
Fuel-efficient engines, naturally
The new 500 comes with a selection of fuel-efficient engines that all meet Euro 6 standards. Globally, the initial lineup will include a 69-hp 1.2L unit and the 85-hp or 105-hp 900cc TwinAir. Later on, Fiat will add the 1.2L in 'Eco' configuration, and a 95-hp 1.3L Multijet II turbodiesel. Transmission choices will include 5- and 6-speed mechanical gearboxes and a Dualogic robotised transmission.
The automaker has yet to specify which engines will be available in North America, and how much Fiat's 2016 500 will cost for the various models. Stay tuned for more info.