Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Fiat | posted July 06, 2015 00:00
'All-new' Fiat 500 debuts with redone exterior, interior
Italy’s iconic city car has received an array of updates as Fiat recently took the wraps off of the 2015 500. Billed by the automaker as ‘all-new’, it is safe to say that the 2015 500 is more of a refresh as it still relatively looks the same apart from the 1,800 design tweaks in the exterior and interior according to Fiat.
Still available in either hatchback or convertible body styling, the new 500 retains its pre-facelift body dimensions of 3,570mm in length, 1,630mm in width and 1,490mm in height. The front and rear end of the car has been revised and now features a more defined appearance while still paying homage to the original 1957 car.
The signature headlights are still there but the company decided to give them a ‘more dynamic slant’ along with integrated LED daytime running lights. Also present at the front is an updated trapezoidal nose as the automaker applied a more pronounced ribbing and is accented by what Fiat calls ‘chrome whiskers’.
Over to the side, a new alloy wheel designs are introduced and will be available in either 15- or 16-inch sizes. Completing the side profile update is a revised beltline that now inclines towards the front.
Moving to the rear, the taillights get a new finish as they now incorporate a ring-shaped structure with body-colored centers that give off an ‘illuminated tattoo’ as claimed by Fiat. The rear fog and reverse lights have been relocated further down the restyled bumper. In addition, the rear bumper can be had in either black or chrome, depending on the variant.
A new Uconnect infotainment system is now available aboard the 2015 500 and will come with a 5-inch touchscreen display. Aside from providing AM/FM/CD/USB/Aux connectivity, the system also supports Bluetooth calls, DAB radio, voice recognition and SMS reader. A new steering wheel design has also been installed on the Lounge model while an optional 7-inch TFT-display which will be placed at the instrument cluster.
Other interior revisions made to the 2015 500 include: better sound deadening, relocated 12V power socket, new power window switches and a redone center console.
Available engines for the new Fiat 500 are the 1.2-liter 69 PS motor, the TwinAir 86 PS unit and the range-topping TwinAir 106 engine. After its initial launch this fall, Fiat will expand the engine lineup with a 1.2-liter 69 PS motor in Eco Configuration and a 1.3-liter Multijet turbo diesel that puts out 96 PS.
Safety features that come standard on the updated 500 are: 7 airbags with a driver’s knee airbag, anti-lock brakes with EBD, stability control, anti-slip, Hill Holder and hydraulic brake assistance.