Some Thoughts About The New 2017 Fiat 500

Although the new 2017 Fiat 500 isn’t the most logical or practical choice for an economy car, it is an appealing vehicle nonetheless thanks to its extra style points, personality, and comfort. Other highlights include a surprisingly comfortable interior accommodation for two people, unique styling, and impressive fuel economy rating. The Fiat 500 release date should be expected sometime in the second quarter of 2017.

2017 Fiat 500 Pros

Despite the huge selection of vehicles in the segment today, very few of them hardly standout even in one particular area. Luckily, the Fiat 500, despite its small dimensions, offers lots of appealing features worth checking out.

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The Cinquecento – Italian for 500 – formed what is now known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after Fiat brought it to the U.S after Chrysler was acquired. Offered in both convertible and hatchback body styles and in its seven years on our shores, it continues to challenge the status quo.

As already mentioned above, it comes in two body styles, which are further broken down into numerous trims and specifications ranging from the usual subcompact suspects to the economical and downright sporty.

2017 Fiat 500 Cons

On the downside, though, the new 2017 Fiat 500 carries on with some disappointing genes that Chrysler has either chose to ignore or they’re simply ignorant. Some of them include snooze-inducing acceleration for the non-turbo models, dated interior features and technologies, reduced rear visibility with the convertible, limited headroom for taller occupants especially when the sunroof is specified, and a cramped backseat.

2017 Fiat 500 rear view, exterior, taillights and tailpipe

There Are Several Alternatives

Hopefully, the new 2017 Fiat 500 isn’t the only vehicle that is offered in its class. So, for those who find themselves walking away from test-drives due to similar reservations, here are some of the alternatives to consider: Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Beetle, and the Mini Cooper.

2017 Fiat 500 Trims

Six trims are offered for the 2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback: Sport, Pop, Easy, Abarth, and Lounge. The 2017 Fiat 500C (Convertible) is offered in Easy, Pop, Abarth, and Lounge trim models. The 2017 Fiat 500e review is handled separately.

Interior And Exterior Changes

2017 Fiat 500 interior, steering wheel, lcd screen

Standard features available for the Fiat 500 Pop include cloth upholstery, voice controls, a six-speaker sound system, USB ports, rear-folding 50/50-split seatbacks, fifteen-inch steel wheels, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, air-conditioning, heated mirrors, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a CD player, a five-inch touchscreen display, a tilt-and-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, full power accessories, and mobile connectivity.

Upgrading to the Easy gets you a six-speaker Alpine audio system, fifteen-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch display, upgraded cloth upholstery, and foglights.

2017 Fiat 500 Sport hatchback adds a sport-steering wheel, outside styling flourishes, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension system, and front sport seats.

2017 Fiat 500 interior, leather front and rear seats

Opting for the 500 Turbo gets you an improved cloth upholstery, a more powerful engine, a leather-wrapped shift knob, gloss-black exterior lighting trim, and bigger brakes.

The Lounge model adds satellite and HD radio, unique interior trim, unique paint colors, chrome exterior trim, satellite radio, a sport-tuned suspension system, a fixed-glass roof, specialized wheels, retro emblems, automatic climate control, and an Alpine sound system.

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2017 Fiat 500 Abarth adds interior and exterior styling tweaks, rear parking sensors, sixteen-inch wheels, sportier suspension system, more power, a navigation system, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, leather upholstery, trunk-mounted subwoofer, a sunroof, six-speaker Beats Audio sound system, and rear parking sensors.

2017 Fiat 500 Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Under the hood of 2017 Fiat 500 are three engines that are paired with either a standard five-speed manual transmission system or an optional six-speed automatic system. The front-wheel drive system is standard across the entire lineup.

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth engine

101 hp and 98 lb. ft. of torque is offered by the 1.4L four-cylinder engine under the hoods of the 2017 Fiat 500 Easy, Pop, and Lounge trim models. 0-60 is achieved in about 10.5 seconds. EPA estimations for the automatic stand at 27/34/30 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 31/40/34 mpg with the manual.

More power is generated by the 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 135 horsepower and 150 pounds-ft. of torque and comes under the hood of the 2017 Fiat 500 Turbo. Opting for the top-of-the-line Fiat 500 Abarth guarantees you of 160 hp and 170 pounds-ft. of torque.

When Is 2017 Fiat 500 Going To Be Released And What Is The Price?

2017 Fiat 500 release date

According to rumors, expect the vehicle to go for sale sometime in the second quarter of 2017. As for the price, the automaker says the 500 Abarth costs an MSRP starting from $22.575.

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Before You Buy It – The New 2017 Fiat 500X Review

If interested in a pint-size SUV, the new 2017 Fiat 500X may probably be what you’re after thanks to its nimble driving manners, thrifty fuel economy, decent interior accommodations, reasonable pricing, easy-to-use tech controls, and lots of safety features. The Fiat 500X release date should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017.

500L Bad – 500x Good?

Although the 500X has always been wanted in terms of utility, it compensates that with its appealing character and has done so ever since it debuted in the United States back in 2012. The company still offers the 500L, which offers impressive interior accommodations but falls short in just about every other quantifiable area.

Short Summary

The 500X is balanced in almost every aspect relative to the 500L, it offers more interior room, the available all-wheel drive provides added traction, and the elevated driving position enables the driver to have better exterior view. For the most part, there’s no denying the fact that it’s a successful formula.

2017 Fiat 500X front view, headlights, grille, alloy wheels

Room For 5 But No Cargo

The exterior also gets a toughness update and looks pretty much like a raised version of the 500 model. However, the dimensions are rather meager when compared to the Volkswagen Golf. On the upside, though, it still manages to offer a seating capacity for five people but the cargo capacity is almost non-existent.

2017 Fiat 500X side angle, red color, alloy wheels

Nice Looking Interior And Affordable

While its interior may not be refined as other vehicles, the price point of this Italian brand makes it a compelling choice nevertheless. The materials used on its interior are however upscale and comes equipped with latest technologies, for example, Chrysler’s Uconnect touchscreen interface. Surprisingly, other features available on the 500X include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, and a heated steering wheel.

Tough Competition

Its road manners whilst on the road are quite appealing, as is the power generated under the hood. But even with such an alluring review above, the new 2017 Fiat 500X isn’t the only vehicle that id offered in the entire subcompact SUV segment. Other alternatives include Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke, and the Jeep Renegade.

2017 Fiat 500X Review of Trims

Five trims are offered for the 2017 Fiat 500X: Trekking Plus, Easy, Pop, Lounge, and Trekking.

New Fiat 500X Interior And The Exterior Changes In Detail

2017 Fiat 500X steering wheel, lcd screen gear shift knob, dashboard

Interior 2017 Fiat 500X accessories offered include a fold-flat front passenger seat, an auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, sixteen-inch steel wheels, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a six-speaker sound system, full power accessories, rear folding 60/40-split seats, and an iPod/USB interface.

Opting for the 2017 Fiat 500X Easy trim model gets you a removable height-adjustable cargo floor panel, keyless entry and ignition, satellite radio, additional USB port, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, ambient LED lighting, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and a five-inch touchscreen interface.

2017 Fiat 500X interior, leathre rear and front seats

The Trekking trim model upgrades you with a trip computer, a cloth upholstery, rugged front fascia, and eighteen-inch alloy wheels.

In addition to what the Trekking trim offers, the 2017 Fiat 500X Lounge adds ambient interior lighting, a 6.5” control interface, a rear cargo cover, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, automatic dual-zone climate control, windshield wiper de-icer, exterior body cladding, HD radio, a rearview camera, a heated steering wheel, remote ignition, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Trekking Plus trim model adds rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitor, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, and a leather upholstery.

2017 Fiat 500X Specs of Engine & Fuel Economy

A power output of 180 hp and 175 lbs. ft. of torque is generated by a 2.4L four-cylinder engine fitted under the hood of every model except for the 2017 Fiat 500X Pop model. Front-wheel drive is standard, as is the nine-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Fiat 500X engine

2017 Fiat 500X 0-60 mph requires a time of 9.0 seconds with the front-wheel drive 2017 Fiat 500X Abarth.

More oomph can be had with the 2017 Fiat 500X Pop model which makes 160 horsepower and 184 pounds-ft. of torque thanks to its turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine beneath its engine. Its fuel economy according to EPA stands at 25/34/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Fiat 500X Release Date & Price

2017 Fiat 500X release date

According to various sources, the new model should be expected sometime in the second half of 2017. The 2017 Fiat 500X price starts from an MSRP of $20,000.

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