Born in Italy, Tailored for America: Fiat 500

The reborn and reimagined Fiat 500 is arriving soon to America. The Sport model illustrates Fiat’s smart and stylish design aesthetic, claims the Chrysler Group.

Like the original Fiat 500 a half-century ago, the new Cinquecento continues its timeless value while embracing individual expression and opportunity – all infused with world-class craftsmanship, the company believes.

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The Cinquecento offers unique adaptations for the North American market and is designed for individuals who demand that style and fashion can coexist with practicality and functionality, the company said Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Matching its sport-tuned suspension, the Fiat 500 Sport features athletically styled front and rear fascias with a larger grille and flared aerodynamic treatment.

Between its 16-inch aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray painted pockets, the Cinquecento incorporates new body-side sill cladding for an enhanced sport appearance.

Completing this athletic vehicle’s appearance are Performance Red painted brake calipers, a chromed exhaust tip and gloss black shadow-line window trim.

The Fiat 500 Sport also features an available SkyDome power sun roof for an ultra-open view. The Fiat 500 will be also available in the Pop and Lounge models with exterior cues and different equipment options.

The 1.4-liter engine with Fiat’s MultiAir technology powers the Fiat 500 Sport. MultiAir significantly reduces emissions while improving fuel economy and power delivery by up to 10 percent when compared to similar engines, the company informs.

The Fiat 500’s technology, driving dynamics and interior features have been adapted for the North American market, and it will target small-car buyers.

The all-new Fiat 500 will be available for ordering later this year in the Sport, Pop and Lounge models, followed by the Fiat 500C (cabrio) in the spring of 2011.

RMN News

Rakesh Raman