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New Fiat 500 revealed 58 years after original

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Fiat has given its retro 500 city car a new lease of life, with a mid-life update.

With both a revised exterior and interior and upgraded engines, the new 500 comes 58 years after the first model was introduced and eight years after the modern version of the popular city car hit UK roads.

With more than 1.5 million 500s produced since 2007, the stakes are high for the Italian company. The latest model comes in three specifications: Pop, Pop Star and Lounge and boasts thousands of changes inside and out, but maintains the previous 500’s dimensions and classic shape. 

However, the new car has a more aggressive design than the previous version, with forward-slanted headlights and sharpened contours, along with restyled headlights and daytime running lights. 

There are also new 15- and 16-inch alloy wheel designs available, plus two new exterior colours. Buyers can also choose from ‘second skins’, including a range of patterns and exterior effects, such as ‘Tartan’, ‘Comics’ and ‘Camouflage’, to help them truly personalise their cars.

Inside the cabin of the 500, the dash has been updated and is now home to Fiat’s Uconnect media system which features a large central screen. Range-topping Lounge models also get smartphone connectivity, letting them display phone apps on the in-car screen.

Buyers will have the option between distinctive sounding two-cylinder engines to power their city car and larger motors. The small turbocharged 0.9-litre engines offer either 84bhp or 104bhp, and a 1.2-litre 68bhp petrol and 1.3-litre diesel should also be available. All three models conform to the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations, with the lower-powered 0.9-litre version returning claimed fuel economy of 74.3mpg.

Prices for the updated 500 start at £10,890 with sales starting in September.

Author: Laura Thomson

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