Fiat has unleashed a brace of updates across its range to keep its popular 500 up to date. The 500X and Doblò have also received some minor modifications. Here are the five things you need to know about the marque’s new models.
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1 – Fiat 500 Vintage ’57 – a nod to the original
The original Fiat 500 almost single-handedly killed off Italy’s motorcycle trade in the 50s when it got most of the country on four wheels. The marque wants to capture the charm of the iconic original by releasing this Vintage ’57 edition. It comes complete with Pastel paint with a white contrasting roof, along with period-correct historical Fiat logos.
2 – Fiat 500 Vintage ’57 – Those wheels!
Standing head-and-shoulders above the rest of the updates are the new 16-inch wheels. They are inspired by those used on the original 500s but updated for modern tastes (and tyre sizes). The hub covers, like the rest of the body, feature vintage style Fiat logos – just mind the chrome when you park it!
3 – Fiat 500 Vintage ’57 – Thoroughly modern under the skin
It might look gloriously old-fashioned on the outside but, on the inside, it features all the modern technology car buyers expect. Bluetooth connectivity, stop/start, stability control and a hill holding function all feature on the kit list and buyers can choose from a 69hp 1.2-litre or a 0.9-litre turbocharged unit with 85hp.
4 – New Doblò Trekking
Along with the new 500, Fiat also revealed the Doblò Trekking – an off-road-inspired version of the standard Doblò van-based MPV. An advanced traction control system helps keep you moving when the going gets rough, and rugged body panels, a raised ride height and a functional underbody guard complete the changes.
5 – 500X with new auto gearbox
The newly-revealed 500X SUV will also be on show at Geneva fitted with a new DDCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox – similar to Volkswagen’s DSG unit. The six-speed ‘box is mated to the 1.4-litre turbocharged 140hp four-cylinder and delivers better acceleration than a traditional auto without the usual fuel consumption penalty.
Fête a Fiat
You’ll have to wait until the Geneva Motor Show in March to fully appreciate the new 500 Vintage ’57 in all its retro glory but, before then, check out our reviews of the Fiat Doblò, the 500X and the cars the 500 hatchback needs to beat – the Mini and the Vauxhall Adam.