Following a series of spyshots over the past few months, the 2016 Fiat 500 (facelift) has been officially revealed. Although it looks nearly identical to the one currently sold, the Italian car maker has made “no fewer than 1,800” changes. It can be had as a hatchback or convertible, and in three trim levels at launch: Pop, Popstar and Lounge.
Noteworthy exterior changes include tweaked headlights, new LED daytime running lights integrated into the front fog lamps, extensive chrome usage on the front-end, tweaked rear bumper and full-length chrome strip on it, redesigned tail lamps and new rear fog lamps with a reversing light integrated into the right-side one.
The biggest change in the interior is availability of the new Uconnect infotainment system. It can be had with a 5″ screen on Pop/Popstar trim and with a 5″ touchscreen on Lounge trim. The instrument panel can be opted with a 7″ TFT display. Also new, are the seats which are made with even more ergonomic materials now. Nine colour combinations will be available for upholstery.
The engine line-up at launch will include a 69-hp 1.2-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit, a 85-/105-hp 0.9-litre TwinAir turbocharged two-cylinder unit and a 69-hp 1.2-litre two-cylinder EasyPower (LPG/petrol) unit. A 95-hp 1.3-litre Multijet II turbo-diesel engine will become available later. Transmission options will include 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and Dualogic automatic. A 69-hp 0.9-litre TwinAir naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 100-hp 1.4-litre petrol engine will also be available in some markets.
The 2016 Fiat 500 will be unveiled tomorrow in Parco Sempione, Milan in Italy. It goes on sale in the UK in September this year.