Fiat announce revamped 500 range
Fiat have refreshed their Fiat 500 range for the new model year with a number of new enhancements.
New Fiat 500 seven-inch display
One of the key new features is the addition of a seven-inch TFT digital instrument display which comes as standard on the 500S and Cult models and is also available on the 500 Lounge.
The display keeps in line with the 500’s familiar instrument layout, but the centre of the console can be configured to show various computer readouts including distance travelled and fuel consumption and also allows for a more prominent gear shift indicator, warning messages and a detailed media player, along with telephone and navigation readouts.
Fiat 500 sport button for award-winning TwinAir
The TFT display also reconfigures when the Sport button is pressed, with the ‘eco’ gauge transforming into a turbo-boost display in all models equipped with the TwinAir Turbo, Fiat’s newest addition to their award-winning TwinAir engine range.
The 103bhp 0.9 TwinAir Turbo employs a high-efficiency turbocharger, an exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head and a Start & Stop fuel-saving system as well as the new MultiAir II intake valve control system which provides an even more enticing combination of power and efficiency.
Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the new TwinAir Turbo delivers 103bhp at 5,500rpm and manages 0 to 62mph in just 10 seconds, with a top speed of 117mph. However, despite its lively performance, the new TwinAir is still capable of 67.3 mpg on the official combined fuel economy cycle and its CO2 emissions are just 99g/km.
The popular entry-level engine in the 2014 Fiat 500 remains the 68bhp 1.2-litre petrol while the TwinAir 84bhp Turbo Petrol and 1.3-litre 16v MultiJet 94bhp turbo diesel comprise the rest of the engine range. A Dualogic automatic transmission is available on the 1.2-litre 68bhp and TwinAir 84bhp engines.
Standard safety features include ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, a total of seven airbags, ISOFIX attachments and daytime running lights, while electronic stability control and hill-holder features are available as affordable add-ons.
The 500’s colour palate has also been revamped for 2014 with the addition of a range of colours including the Urban White tri-coat, Smooth Mint and Electronica Blue, which is exclusive to the 500S.
Pricing for the new Fiat 500 starts at £10,160 OTR for the Pop, £13,060 OTR for 500 Cult, whilst the convertible 500C Cult is priced from £15,560 OTR and includes an electric convertible roof and front fog lamps as standard.