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Geneva 2014 Preview: New Fiat 500 to make global debut

Geneva 2014 Preview: New Fiat 500 to make global debut image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted March 03, 2014 09:05

The Fiat 500 comes with a new engine plus a lot of interior enhancements.

The new Fiat 500 comes to the 84th Geneva Motor Show bringing in a whole slew of improvements and enhancements that range from what’s under the hood to what is inside this compact vehicle.

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A seven-inch TFT digital instrument display is a segment-first feature of the new Fiat 500.  Developed with the help of Italian company Magnetti Marelli, it ‘brings together all the information required for controlling the car and its functions without disrupting the retro aesthetics of the cabin.’

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In the center of the familiar layout and execution of the speedometer, rev counter and trip computer is a digital image of the new Fiat 500, which can display the trip computer and its various readouts depending on configuration.  It also displays warning signs like open doors, low fuel and also shows the gear shift indicator.

The seven-inch TFT screen also handles audio and video media, and the telephone system.  It comes optional with GPS navigation system.  But its best feature is acting as a ‘turbo-boost gauge’ on models equipped with the TwinAir Turbo engine.

The new Fiat 500 also sports a new and award-winning powerplant.  It is a 900cc TwinAir Turbo gas engine with 106PS and 145Nm of torque on Sport mode and 99PS and 120Nm on ‘eco’ mode.  It also features a Start&Stop fuel-saving system and the new MultiAir II intake valve control system.

It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard.  10 seconds is all it takes to go from 0 to 100 km/h and has a top speed of 188 km/h.  Fiat claims a fuel consumption of 29 km/l.

The new Fiat 500 also includes the addition of the Fiat 500 Cult.  It features 16-inch allow wheels, a gloss black roof panel, chrome or gloss black door mirror covers (depending on customer preference), chrome exterior detailing and gloss black surround for the tail light clusters and rear parking sensors plus leather seats as standard, either in black leather (with ivory or red inserts), tobacco leather (with ivory inserts) or red leather (with ivory inserts)to distinguish it as top-of-the-line in the Fiat 500 range.

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The Fiat 500 Cult engine options are either a 1.2-liter 70PS gas engine, a 0.9 TwinAir Turbo gas engine with 86PS, a 1.3 MultiJet II Turbo Diesel engine with 96PS or a 0.9 TwinAir Turbo gas engine with 107PS.

Retro green and new three-layer white will be available as two new body colors.  The S model will be offered with a striking new blue.  New alloy wheels, seat fabrics and leather upholsteries complete the upgrade on the new Fiat 500.