Fiat promised us a “new” 500 hatch in early July, around the anniversary of both the original 500’s arrival in 1957 and the modern version’s debut in 2007.
Reports out of Europe suggested the 500 has instead undergone another facelift, meaning the model as we know it will soldier on into at least its eighth year.
And now, fan page ‘Ferd’ on Facebook has posted photos of a small fleet of 500s upon arrival in South America, including a snap of what looks to be an updated interior.
The exterior pic shows more of the same retro styling from Fiat, but the 500’s nose is now more pronounced as per the newer Fiat 500X SUV.
The twin-headlight assembly remains more or less from the previous model, but the chrome bar above the grille is now longer and appears to straddle a new, second grille opening (again, matching the 500X).
But all the action would seem to be happening inside the ‘new’ 500, with a spy shot showing new air-vents, a revised steering wheel and perhaps a new boot around the gear stick for manual-equipped models.
The new air-vents are to make way for a centrally-mounted touchscreen, which will likely control Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment system and satellite navigation in upper-spec models.
Fiat previously offered a factory-fitted TomTom as its satellite navigation option.
Otherwise, the interior appears to carry over the previous model’s ventilation controls, all-in-one door handle and lock, seats and the circular instrument display.
The 2016 Fiat 500 is due to be officially unveiled in the next few days. Local timing is yet to be confirmed, but expect it to arrive in showrooms early next year.
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