The Fiat 500 hatchback has been updated with new trim levels, new colours, and a new interior design.
The 500 is now sold in Cult, Connect, Dolcevita, and Sport specifications – and each one is powered by an 875cc engine.
All models can be bought in a hatchback guise, while a convertible 500C body style is available in the Dolcevita and Sport derivatives.
The new Fiat 500 Cult is the entry-level option in the range, and comes with 14-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, black exterior mirrors, and LED daytime running lights as standard.
Inside, this trim sports blue fabric seats, a body-coloured dash, a 5-inch radio with Bluetooth support, and manual air conditioning.
Safety features are also standardised across the range, and these include ABS, seven airbags, and a speed limiter.
Stepping up to the Connect trim adds 15-inch alloy wheels, unique side skirts, and specific front and rear bumpers with integrated fog lights.
“Flashy” fabric seats are fitted in the cabin, too, along with a multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, two additional speakers, and a 7-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
The Dolcevita then aims to be the most stylish out of the four models, as it is treated to 16-inch alloy wheels, bespoke badging, chrome accents, and a two-tone paintwork.
Interior equipment on this model builds on the cheaper models by including a techno-leather multifunction steering wheel, “Matelassé” fabric seats with techno-leather details, and a 50/50 split rear seat.
The range-topping Fiat 500 Sport is fitted with 16-inch wheels, and gains Sport-specific badging, exclusive side skirts, aggressive bumpers, and a rear spoiler.
Moving to the interior, this specification offers new “arrow electro” seats and a titanium-coloured dashboard with a red 500 logo.
In addition, it gets a seven-inch digital instrument cluster and automatic air conditioning.
At the front of every new Fiat 500 lies an 875cc, two-cylinder, turbo-petrol motor that generates 62.5kW at 5,500rpm and 145Nm at 1,900rpm.
The motor connects to either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox – depending on the model – and achieves a combined fuel consumption of 4.0l/100km.
It also enables the 500 to accelerate to 100km/h in 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 173km/h.
Luggage capacity for this hatchback then comes in at 185 litres with all the seats up, and 688 litres in two-seater mode.
The South African pricing for the new Fiat 500 is as follows:
- Fiat 500 TwinAir Cult – R219,900
- Fiat 500 TwinAir Connect – R260,900
- Fiat 500 TwinAir Dolcevita – R274,900
- Fiat 500C TwinAir Dolcevita Cabriolet – R324,900
- Fiat 500 TwinAir Sport – R269,900
- Fiat 500C TwinAir Sport Cabriolet – R319,900
All models are sold with a 5-year/100,000km warranty.