After 6-million units sold globally since 1957 the updated Fiat 500 range for South Africa has been revealed. This latest iteration has some significant changes for the new model year.
Kicking the local Fiat 500 range off is the Cult with a price tag of R219 900 and it’ll be advertised at R2 499 per month. Appealing to outgoing young professionals it’s offered with 14-inch wheels with wheelcaps, black door mirrors, LED DRLs and halogen headlamps. Inside, blue fabric branded seats match the padded arm rests on the doors and the dashboard insert that is unique to the 500 is finished in the body colour. It’s also fitted as standard is leather multifunction steering wheel, a five-inch Uconnect multimedia system with a USB port, manual air-conditioning and a speed limiter.
The Fiat 500 Connect comes in at R260 900. This adds 15-inch alloy wheels, side skirts, a rear spoiler, foglamps and a silver dual-tone body colour with a contrasting gloss black roof. A leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android functionality with two additional rear speakers are included.
The Sport variant at R269 900 adds smart 16-inch alloy wheels, a sport badge on the fender and a model-specific body kit that includes side skirts, bumpers and rear spoiler. The bodywork is offered with a new matte paint shade and a titanium-finished dashboard.
A five-speed automatic transmission can be had in the flagship Dolcevita trim for R274 900. Here you’ll find bespoke badging and chrome accents on the two-tone paintwork as well as jewellery-like multispoke 16-inch alloy wheels. This model also offers the Techno-leather (Cream leather in Fiat speak)) multifunction steering wheel, a glass roof, Matelassé fabric seats with techno leather details. Both the Sport and Dolcevita models are available as soft-top convertibles.
Under the bonnet lies the same TwinAir 0.9-litre two-cylinder turbo engine as before which delivers 63 kW and 145 N.m of torque to the front wheels.