The Fiat 500 has received a slew of updates for its 2016 model year, most cosmetic in nature but some technological. In fact, the 2016 Fiat 500 has no fewer than 1,800 detail changes, but it’s not easy spotting them all.
The small Italian city car is now eight years old (can you believe it?) and is distinguished from the previous models by a new front bumper with a large air dam framed by a thin strip of chrome trim, revised headlights and taillights, and oval LED daytime running lights. Buyers have the option of additional alloy wheel designs to choose from, as well as new paint colors.
The interior houses the most notable updates, gaining a new three-spoke steering wheel, a Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touchscreen, a 7-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster, more comfortable seats with several new fabrics, and more sound-deadening materials for a quieter ride.
In Europe, the 2016 Fiat 500 is available with three engines — a 1.2-liter four-cylinder unit rated at 69 horsepower, a 0.9-liter TwinAir two-cylinder mill tuned to make either 85 or 105 horsepower, and a 1.3-liter Multijet II turbodiesel that produces 95 horsepower. A manual transmission standard, though select engines can be mated to an optional semi-automatic gearbox.
North American models continue to be powered by the same 101-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir engine as the previous year’s model.
The 2016 Fiat 500 makes it public debut in September at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale shortly after. Stay tuned to AutoTribute for pricing details.