Eva Herzigova, Pixie Lott and Arnold Oceng joined Ella Eyre in London’s Potters Field Park yesterday at the spectacular and memorable launch party for Fiat’s new 500. To celebrate the remastering of this diddy automotive icon from Italy, Ella took to the stage to perform a remastered version of The Emotions’ hit song “Best of My Love”. Media guests were taken by train, tube and boat on an adventure across London before being introduced to the revised version of this city car the world is still so hungry for.
Lots of things about the new Fiat 500 are indeed new, but Fiat bosses were obviously nervous about changing its looks too much, so it’s only really been given a facelift. The bumpers have been tweaked, as have the lights, which now provide more clarity at night. The LED daytime running lights are circular, kind of representing the zeros in ‘500’, the nose of the grille is now ribbed and splashes of chrome have been added. Safety has been notched up at the rear, too, the fog and reversing lights now moved to the edges, and the new ‘empty’ rear lights look great, basically consisting of a rectangular light cluster with a body-coloured panel in the centre; subtle but sexy.
Alloy wheels have also seen a revamp for the new Fiat 500 and buyers can even order diamond-cut ones if they’ve got enough dosh. Two new metallic colours are now available, called Avantgarde Bordeaux, which sounds pretty posh, and Glam Coral. Fiat is proud to announce a number of ‘Second Skin’ exterior options, which basically give customers a trendy geometric pattern running up the central pillar and across the roof. Various patterned ‘skins’ can be chosen, from military camouflage and nautical shapes to tartan. Whether the £780 required is worth it for such on-car stencilling is debatable but it’ll certainly make a number of new Fiat 500s stand out from the crowd that little bit more.
Inside, the dashboard has been improved and now incorporates the tweaked Uconnect™ infotainment system. Lounge versions can even read your text messages out to you, keeping you safe at the wheel if you just can’t resist finding out what your mates are saying. All kinds of other sat nav, DAB radio and music streaming technology is available on the new Fiat 500, too. The new car also promises to be comfier, quieter, more environmentally friendly and more economical.
The range of petrol and diesel engines on offer means there’s something for everyone and people who prefer automatics can plump for the Dualogic robotised transmission. The superb TwinAir engine is still very much part of the lineup and the Fiat 500 is one of the safest cars in the class, with improved brake discs and safety systems plus more airbags, so it’d be good as a first car for those who’ve passed their driving tests.
Pricing for the new Fiat 500 starts at £10,890 for a 1.2-litre Pop edition with 69bhp. If you want the wind in your hair and can afford £17,070, the Fiat 500C Lounge TwinAir might be the one for you.