Italian automaker Fiat has unveiled its 2014 Fiat 500 lineup at the Geneva Motor Show. Fiat went back to the Fiat 500 seven years ago and the revival of it has been a huge success according to them with over 1.2 million cars sold worldwide. The car has seen several different versions during this period from Abarth, 500C to 500X. There are also numerous special editions made in collaboration with others like the Guerlain Little Black Dress Edition. So, it is no surprise Fiat has come up with more than one version of the car in Geneva.
The year’s version come with the new seven-inch TFT digital instrument panel. It is standard equipment for this year’s models. With the TFT display reading of the speedometer, rev counter and trip computer are an easy task. It also provides data such as distance travelled and instant fuel consumption. The display also issues warning messages such as open doors and low fuel. It is also the entertainment and the communication hub. When coupled with a TomTom 2 LIVE satnav system, navigation information also appears in the display.
Powered by a 0.9 TwinAir engine, it provides 105 hp and 107 lb feet of torque in Sport mode, and in Eco mode 98 hp and 89 lb feet. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the new 105 hp engine is considered the most powerful in Fiat’s 500 lineup. With that power it is capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in just 10 seconds and reaching a top speed of 117 mph. Its superior fuel economy provides a combined 56 mpg while CO2 emissions are rated at 99 g/km in UK.
For 2014 Fiat is also adding a new trim level to the 500 range, the Cult. Befitting a top-of-the-range model, Fiat 500 Cult based on Lounge version will be available in sedan or convertible configurations. On the outside the Cult gets a gloss black sun roof panel, chrome or gloss black door mirror covers and chrome exterior detailing; a gloss black surround for the tail light clusters and rear parking sensors. The 16 inch alloy wheels also receives the chrome treatment.
On the inside, the Cult receives the full treatment including the seven-inch TFT panel. Leather seats are standard in colors black, ivory or red with inserts in contrasting colors. Other new features include leather steering wheel with Blue&MeTM controls and Dual Drive electric power steering. The dashboard come painted in the same color as the body.
The Fiat 500 Cult is also in line to receive a full range of engines. As for standard safety equipment it will receive ABS with ABD, seven airbags, daytime running lights and more.
The Fiat 500 range will also be available in two new body colors – a retro green and a new three layer white. The S model will be offered with a new blue. The entire Fiat 500 range will go on sale by the end of April in the UK. There is no word on its availability in the US. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch.