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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.