The updated Fiat 500 range has arrived in Australia, with a streamlined model range, more standard equipment, and rearranged pricing that sees the base model Pop sneak up by $1000, while the top-spec Lounge is up to $2000 cheaper.
As before both the hatchback 500 and sliding cloth-roof 500c are available, with the cabrio option adding $4000 to either the Pop’s $18,000 price, or the Lounge’s $21,000 starting bid.
On the outside, the facelifted 500 keeps its strongly retro looks, but scores restyled headlights and new LED running lights that illiminate with the same open-oval look as the zeros in the 500 badge (how’s that for detail!).
A new front bumper features a more-sculpted nose surrounding the Fiat badge ‘candy bar’ while the lower intake adopts a diamond pattern insert. At the rear a new rear bumper design and new LED tail lights, apparently inspired by tattoos (hence the body coloured filler panel) complete the body changes.
As before the 500 Pop runs a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces 51kW of power and 102Nm or torque. Matched to either a five-speed manual, or optional five-speed Dualogic automated manual for an extra $1500.
The previous 500 S model has been dropped from the range, but its legacy lives on in the shape of its the 74kW/131Nm 1.4 litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine now fitted to the 500 Lounge.
That means the Lounge no longer features the previous 0.9 litre turbocharged two-cylinder TwinAir engine, but in the process gains 11 extra kilowatts, but loses 14Nm of torque.
The change also means the Lounge is now available with either a six-speed manual, or Dualogic five-speed automated manual for an extra $1500. The previous Lounge was only available with the Dualogic transmission - the addition of a manual variant explains the large drop in Lounge pricing.
The 500 Pop picks up a hefty swag of new equipment to help justify its $1000 price rise over the outgoing model.
15-inch alloy wheels replace the previous steel rims with hubcaps, while inside a new Uconnect 5.0-inch touchscreen, equipped with DAB+ digital radio, and six speakers lifts the level of standard equipment for the light car class.
There’s also standard two-tone cloth upholstery, heated power adjustable mirrors, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and a redesigned steering wheel with a leather-wrapped rim and audio control.
The 500 Lounge adds a height adjustable driver’s seat, premium cloth trim, satellite navigation, floor mats, 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster, rear park sensors, chrome details for the front and rear bumpers, and a fixed glass sunroof on the hatch.
Both Pop and Lounge cabrio feature a power folding roof, available in red, ivory, or black, while 13 different paint finishes are available - seven pastel colours, five metallic shades, and one tri-coat (Vanilla Ice-Cream pearlescent white).
Inside there’s 10 different available interior options - two for Pop, four for Lounge, and four for the Lounge with optional Perfezionaire Pack.
Perfezionaire Pack equipped models add leather upholstery, 16-inch alloy wheels, and Xenon headlights for $2500.
As a limited offer, all 500 variants are available with driveaway pricing adding $1000 to the standard price. That means the $18,000 Pop is available for $19,000 driveaway, the Pop cabrio at $22,000 becomes $23,000 driveaway, the Lounge goes from $21,000 to $22,000 driveaway, and the Lounge cabrio at $26,000 moves to $27,000 driveaway.
Adding a Dualogic automatic adds a further $1500 to the price, Lounge hatch offers an opening sunroof for $1500, Bossa Nova white paint is standard with all pastel and metallic paint colours a $500 option, and tri-coat paint adding $1000.
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