2016 FIAT 500 Redesign
Always on the lookout for ways to interest a new segment of the auto buying market, FIAT has given the 2016 500 a makeover that is guaranteed to make it more appealing. Much like the fabled Mini that recently reinvented itself, for the second time in recent history, the Fiat 500 will do the same with a number of subtle and some not so subtle changes.
Bigger, Better, and More Popular
FIAT has come to realize that while the American buying public has undoubtedly fallen in love with the cute “retro” styling of their famous FIAT 500, this was not enough to satisfy everyone. In the U.S., we have become used to “bigger and better” as our motto, especially in automobiles. With this in mind, the 2016 FIAT 500 will be slightly longer and wider than early editions in a nod to the tastes of the American buyer.
Not only will this add to the overall interior space, but also the larger proportions will give the 2016 FIAT 500 a sportier look, and one that is sure to be appreciated. Among the many exterior changes seen in recent photographs are larger oval-shaped headlights that are framed by a ring of LED lights for effect, and larger LED taillights that help to emphasize the added width of the new 500.
Also new this year, are rub strips along the lower section of the door with have been added to give the 500 a tougher appearance. Bear in mind that this redesign has been in the works for quite a while, but since sales have been strong, the company has not been in a hurry to release it. European sales have been phenomenal for the current model, exceeding 160,000 units.
A New Hi-Tech Interior
While changes to the outside may seem relatively minor to many, what is happening on the inside looks to be very exciting. According to sources, the interior design of the new 500 are taken directly from the 2004 Trepiuno concept car. One quick glance will show you that there are practically no buttons to be found anywhere on the dash, with the exception of those used to control the automated manual transmission.
Instead of separate buttons and controls, everything will be controlled directly from the large centralized TFT screen. This is intended to not only give the 2016 FIAT 500 a futuristic and modern look, but also to make it much easier for the driver to keep his eyes on the road. Even the standard instrument cluster has been replaced by a full color TFT screen. However, for those who love the 500 for its retro look, have no fear as the car will still retain its full-width color matching dash insert.
Changes Under the Hood?
Nothing has yet been confirmed regarding whether or not any changes under the hood have been planned. However, there are rumors that we may see the current engine and transmission configuration augmented with a number of both gasoline and diesel engines by the time the 2016 FIAT 500 is ready to hit the U.S. markets. At the same time, we can expect to see increases in overall fuel efficiency and further reductions in emissions.
Overall the new 500 is expected to replace the Punto in the FIAT lineup and will be based on a somewhat modified version of this platform. The new 2016 FIAT 500 will join the already hugely successful 500 lineup that includes the 500c, 500L and according to the latest reports, the 500X, a soon to be released crossover version. When added to the 500 Arbath model, it makes an already great line up even better.