An update to the range last year introduced a $14,000 drive-away price for the entry-level 500 Pop, but the 2014 ‘Series 3’ model will now start at $17,000 drive-away for the manual version.
This reflects a price rise across the now simplified model range, but all 500 models now get drive-away pricing.
The Sport is replaced by the ‘S’ variant and the ‘500 by Gucci’ is no longer available, while Australia misses out on the new range-topping ‘Cult’ model available overseas.
A key influence on the new price is a “complete user-connectivity upgrade”, with Fiat adding a seven-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instrument display; standard in the S and Lounge models.
Fiat says the new display brings cutting-edge technology to the cabin without disrupting the retro styling, while also allowing for a more prominent gear shift indicator and clearer warning messages.
The display still features a centralised speedometer and other gauges, with the tachometer changing to a digital readout when ‘Sport’ mode is selected in the S.
Other features include an ‘eco’ gauge, trip computer functions and fuel information; depending on the model.
Engine options remain unchanged for 2014, with the entry-level Pop still powered by a 51kW/102Nm 1.2 litre unit matched with a five-speed manual or Dualogic automatic transmission.
The S gets the 74kW/131Nm 1.4 litre engine from last year’s Sport which also adds one ratio to the manual option (six gears instead of five).
The Lounge is powered by the 0.9 litre TwinAir Turbo producing 63kW and 145Nm, matched exclusively to the Dualogic automatic. Fiat says it’s the most economical petrol-powered engine in Australia, with a fuel figure of just 3.9 l/100km.
Styling is largely unchanged in the updated model, but three new paint finishes join the already-extensive colour palate. Blue Jelly Bean, Vanilla Ice Cream and Mint Milkshake are now available, meaning buyers have a choice of 14 exterior colours.
Match that with 16 new interior options and three cabriolet roof models, and there’s plenty of opportunity for buyers to customise their 500.
“Fiat enjoyed record-breaking sales in the first half of 2014 and the new 500 range with updated looks and segment-first technology is a timely arrival to continue our momentum,” Fiat Chrysler Australia President and CEO, Veronica Johns, said.
The 2014 Fiat 500 and 500 Abarth are available now. READ MORE about the new Abarth models here.
- Fiat 500 Pop manual - $17,000
- Fiat 500 Pop Dualogic - $18,500
- Fiat 500 Pop convertible Dualogic - $21,000
- Fiat 500 S manual - $20,000
- Fiat 500 S Dualogic - $21,500
- Fiat 500 S convertible Dualogic - $24,000
- Fiat 500 Lounge Dualogic - $23,000
- Fiat 500 Lounge convertible Dualogic - $25,500
500 Abarth 595 Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Abarth 595 Turismo - $33,500
- Abarth 595 Turismo MTA - $35,500
- Abarth 595 Competizione - $36,500
- Abarth 595 Competizione MTA - $38,500
- Abarth 595 Competizione convertible - $39,000
- Abarth 595 Competizione convertible MTA - $41,000
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