2016 Fiat 500 gets up-to-date upgrades

By Anna Kantilaftas, 18 Feb 2016 Car News

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2016 Fiat 500 gets up-to-date upgrades

The new and improved Fiat 500 is due to hit Australian dealers this week with new tech and new price tags. We take a look at what’s changed.

With the new Fiat 500 hatch and convertible driving into Australian dealerships this week, Fiat has announced a hike in the entry price for the popular baby Italian car.

The revised 500 includes slight style modifications, technology improvements as well as some changes to the variants on offer.

Fiat 500 Rear

Here’s what you need to know about the new 500:

  • The 500 will feature revised styling including refashioned headlights, a Chelsea-Grin like front grill and minor changes to the rear.
  • With better equipment in the 500, Fiat has decided to drop the mid-spec 500S. So only entry level Pop (pictured above) and up-spec Lounge will be on sale in Australia.
  • While the Pop will see a $2000 price increase, the top-spec Lounge will see a $1000 decrease. Fiat is also throwing in a sweet $1000 deal to cover on-road extras, so drive-away prices sit at $19,000 for the Pop and the Lounge at $22,000. The 500C convertible is slightly more expensive (pictured below)

Fiat 500 Interior

  • The Pop will feature a new five-inch display with the UConnect infotainment system also found in Chrysler and Jeep, two-tone seat covers, Bluetooth and leather steering wheel.
  • While the Pop features a bunch of standard gear you’d expect in most modern cars, such as electric stability control, tyre pressure monitoring, power adjusted and heated exterior mirrors and manual air-con, the Lounge gets all that plus seven-inch touchscreen, sat-nav, height adjustable driver’s seat, parking sensors, lighting in the boot, premium seat trim with check design, and superior finishes.
  • Fiat has also promised improvements to soundproofing throughout the cabin for a quieter ride.
  • While the Pop’s engine stays the same, the Lounge now features the same engine previously found in the 500S – a 1.4-litre engine with six-speed manual or five-speed Dualogic auto.