By Khulekani Dumisa and Otsile Kadiege
Fiat has launched the updated Fiat 500. The economical and chic Italian car comes in 5 flavours with pricing starting from a competitive R219,900. The 0,9 turbo-charged engine making 62.5kW and 145Nm continues. Its power figures may not blow you away but the claimed fuel consumption of 4l/100km will leave your bank balance smiling. The refreshed Fiat 500 is available in manual and automatic.
Fiat 500 Cult
The new entry into Fiat 500 range is known as the Cult. Key features are a striking new Arancio Sicilia orange colour, 14-inch steel wheels with hubcaps and black exterior mirrors and LED day-time running lights.
The interior is highlighted by blue fabric seats with Fiat Monogram and a body coloured dashboard. A new option for the Cult is a Techno Blue Matt dashboard. UconnectTM five-inch radio with DAB, USB ports and manual air-conditioning are all standard, as is a speed limiter.
Fiat 500 Connect
Adding onto the Cult standard specification, Connect models are identified by 15-inch alloy wheels and specific side skirts, rear spoiler and fog lights. Additionally, there is a new Silver bi-colour treatment with gloss black roof.
Inside, there are new “flashy” seats which are height adjustable and a multi-function steering wheel with eight buttons. The dashboard can be ordered in Matt Silver. Other interior upgrades include cruise control, Uconnect seven-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and two additional rear speakers.
Fiat 500 Dolcevita
The Dolcevita models come with bespoke badging and chrome accents on the two-tone paintwork. With bespoke 16-inch alloy wheels, the Dolcevita also gets the Techno-leather multi-function steering wheel, glass roof, Matelassé fabric seats with techno leather details, and a 50/50 split rear seat.
Fiat 500 Sport
The Fiat 500 Sport includes 16-inch alloy wheels, Sport badging, and specific side skirts, bumpers and rear spoiler. A new Cloud Grey colour can be contrasted with the new “arrow electro” seats and a Titanium dashboard with red 500 logo. A TFT seven-inch digital cluster accompanies automatic air conditioning.
The Fiat 500 is equipped with seven airbags, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, hill-holder and speed limiter, to name but a few.
The Fiat 500 range is priced as follows:
Cult 0.9L, FWD 5MT: R219,900;
Connect 0.9L, FWD 5MT: R260,900;
Sport 0.9L, FWD 5MT: R269,900;
Dolcevita 0.9L, FWD 5AT: R274,900;
Sport Cabriolet 0.9L, FWD 5MT: R 319,900; and
Dolcevita Cabriolet 0.9L, FWD 5AT: R324,900.
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