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The new Fiat 500 has finally been revealed and is set to go on sale in the UK in September. Believe it or not, despite being a facelift model, the Italian city car (also fondly known as the Cinquecento) contains no less than 1,800 detail changes over the outgoing model that came out almost eight years ago.

Although dimension upsizing seems to be the in thing among automakers these days, the 500 retains the iconic teensy profile, measuring in at 357 cm long, 163 cm wide and 149 cm tall with a wheelbase of 230 cm. Look closely and you’ll notice some changes on the front fascia – the slanted headlights now feature “polyellptical” modules for improved visibility while the lower light clusters adopt circular LED lights to mimic the ‘0’ in the ‘500’ logo.

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At the rear, the 500 gets new ring-shaped tail lights with body-coloured centres while the rear fog light and reversing light, trimmed either in black or chrome depending on variants, are relocated to the edges of the redesigned bumper trim. Fiat is also offering new alloy wheel designs in 15- and 16-inch forms with a total of 13 body colours. A ‘Second Skin’ package offers a wide range of customisation options.

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Inside, the city car gets a new multi-function steering wheel, redesigned air-conditioning vents and dashboard dome as well as a five-inch display with Uconnect infotainment system in the centre console. The circular instrument cluster, which comes with analogue dials as standard, can be replaced with an optional seven-inch TFT display.

Other than that, the 500 is also equipped with more ergonomic front seats,  a new lidded glove box, new electric window switches as well as additional soundproofing panels in the wheelhouse and firewall.

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Available in hatchback and convertible versions, Fiat’s latest brainchild will be available with three trim levels: Pop gets the standard suite of equipment including seven airbags, six speakers, AUX-IN and USB ports, steering wheel remote controls as well as LED daytime running lights; Pop Star adds air conditioning, body-coloured mirror caps with defrosting function, 15-inch wheels and a 50/50 split folding rear seat with rear headrests; range-topping Lounge boasts a panoramic glass sunroof, rear parking sensors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, front fog lights and chrome front grille.

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At launch, the 500 city car will be available with a range of Euro-6 compliant engines including a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 69 hp and a pair of 0.9-litre two-cylinder TwinAir turbo engines with either 85 or 105 hp. The former steers clear of the UK’s emissions tax with an official fuel consumption figure of 3.8 litres per 100 km on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 90 g per km.

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The lineup will be expanded in the near future with the arrival of an Eco variant based on the 1.2-litre variant, which will be equipped with a smart alternator, a specific aerodynamic pack and 14- or 15-inch tyres with low rolling resistance and high resistance to wear, bringing the CO2 emission figures from 110 to 99 g per km. A diesel model running on a 95-hp 1.3-litre 16v Multijet II engine will also be offered.





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