For such a small car the FIAT 500 certainly has some very large numbers. In the eight years it has been on sale since launching on the 50th anniversary of the original 500, more than 1.5 million FIAT 500s have been sold. To surely continue the success of the 500, FIAT revealed the new FIAT 500 a few weeks back and has now confirmed the prices.
The new FIAT 500 will start from £10,890 OTR when it goes on sale in September in the UK and although the car hasn’t grown in size, there have been a number of improvements in efficiency and technology.
There have been around 1,800 changes to the new 500 with a number of visual alterations and additions. New wheels are coming to the FIAT 500 with Pop Star and Lounge models getting 15-inch as standard and 16-inch as options including a diamond-cut design.
There is also a new option called Second Skin which features a pattern along the belt line of the car and is available on both FIAT 500 and FIAT 500C models. There is a larger skin option that covers the upper half of hardtop models only and costs £780 on Pop and Pop Star versions and £460 on the Lounge.
Five Second Skin patterns are offered: Ethnic (geometric pattern), Lord (classic tartan), Comics (pop decoration), Navy (nautical patterns) and Camouflage (fashionably military).
On the inside there are also a number of enhancements, most notably the integrated Uconnect infotainment system that comes as standard across the range to improve connectivity with audio controls mounted on the wheel and USB/AUX ports as well.
Engines on the new FIAT 500 are more environmentally friendly, not that the previous ones weren’t but still, the first of the engines available at launch is the 1.2 litre with 69hp, 75 lb-ft of torque and a combined fuel consumption of 60.1 mpg. The 1.2-litre does 0-62mph in 12.9 seconds and tops out at 99mph.
The second launch engine is the 0.9 litre TwinAir with 85hp, 106 lb-ft of torque and a combined fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg. Acceleration from 0-62mph is completed in 11 seconds flat and the top speed is 107mph.
The third engine option is the 0.9 litre TwinAir with 105hp, 106lb-ft of torque and a combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg. 0-62mph is completed in 10 seconds flat and the top speed is 117mph.
The engines will be combined with either a five or six-speed manual or a Dualogic robotised transmission.
The new FIAT 500 will be available with three trim levels, Pop, Pop Star and Lounge in both hatchback and convertible versions when it goes on sale in September. The Pop starts the range from £10,890 OTR while the 500C Lounge tops the price range at £17,070 OTR.
More information on the new FIAT 500 can be found here.
By James Fothergill