Fiat has unveiled a refreshed Fiat 500 range – more evolution than revolution…
The changes to the bestselling chic hatchback are not obvious at first sight, but Fiat claims it benefits from “no fewer than 1,800 innovative detail changes”.
Highlights include a revised nose with new headlamps and grilles, more chrome and LED daytime running lights, plus distinctive new light clusters at the rear featuring body colour inserts in the middle.
Interior revisions include new Uconnect infotainment systems, plus enhanced comfort and detail improvements. There are also extra safety features including seven airbags and electronic active safety systems.
The Uconnect 5” Radio LIVE system, available for the first time on the Fiat 500, deserves a special mention. It’s a touchscreen unit complete with Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice recognition and an SMS reader for reading text messages received on compatible telephones using ‘text to speech’ technology.
The driver can connect multimedia devices via USB or using the 3.5mm auxiliary jack or stream music via Bluetooth using a compatible smartphone. DAB digital radio is also available.
Owners will also experience the full TomTom experience which includes fresh maps, five years’ of TomTom’s Live connected suite of services, live speed cameras together with weather alert and local Points of Interest.
Meanwhile, the engines available are also more efficient and eco-friendly.
July 4 has always been significant for the Fiat 500. The original was introduced on this day in 1957. Exactly 50 years later, on July 4, 2007, Fiat launched the “retro “Fiat 500 and 1.5 million examples have been sold globally.
Available in two body styles (hatchback and convertible), the 2015 Fiat 500 will go on sale in the UK in early September with prices starting at just £10,890.
A full range of Mopar accessories will also be available from launch, including vintage-style wheel trims, chrome roof mouldings, a rear spoiler and a range of decals for sides and the roof.