Facelifted Fiat 500 revealed ahead of September launch

Fiat has officially pulled the covers off the facelifted version of its hugely popular 500 city car, which is due to go on sale this September.

Retaining the exact same city-friendly dimensions as before, it’s received a few tweaks to the front and rear ends to update its styling for a more contemporary take on the classic 500 shape.

Harking all the way back to the original 1957 model, the revised Fiat 500 keeps the same face as its predecessors, albeit with a more dynamic look and with the addition of LED daytime running lights.

New looks and interior

Other exterior updates include a more pronounced nose, new alloy wheel designs in a choice of 15- or 16-inch sizes and the option of seven pastel, one solid and five metallic colours.

Two new paint options are available in the form of Glam Coral and Avantgarde Bordeaux, while buyers can also order their 500 with body wraps in a variety of geometric and even tartan patterns.

Inside, the entire range now comes with a new steering wheel that Fiat says is easier to operate and comes with chrome-plated edging, along with a revised digital instrument cluster.

Fiat has also updated the seats with a more ergonomic shape, while upholstery is available in nine colour combinations with a choice of cloth and leather finishes depending on the model.

Three trim levels with a wide range of kit

Three trim levels are available, Pop, Pop Star and Lounge, in both standard hatchback and convertible formats, with standard equipment including a six-speaker sound system.

Pop Star versions add air conditioning and body-coloured mirror caps, plus 15-inch alloy wheels and a 50:50 split folding rear seat with rear headrests.

Finally, the range-topping Lounge model gets a range of additional options like a panoramic glass sunroof, rear parking sensors and a leather-trimmed steering wheel in addition to front fog lights.

All models also come with a Uconnect infotainment system, with Lounge models getting a five-inch colour touchscreen, which supports Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration and DAB radio.

Euro 6-compliant petrol and diesel engines

Engine options include a choice of a 1.2-litre petrol engine with outputs of 68bhp, 84bhp or 104bhp, while a 1.3-litre 94bhp turbocharged diesel engine will join the range soon after its launch.

Equipped with the 84bhp petrol, the new 500 can achieve up to 74.3mpg with CO2 emissions of just 90g/km, while the new diesel will lower emissions even further, emitting just 89g/km of CO2.

Due to go on sale in the UK from September onwards, pricing for the new Fiat 500 will start from just £10,890 for the entry-level Pop trim.