Great news for Fiat 500 fans, the brand has announced the launch of the newly updated Fiat 500 2021 model. This latest iteration of the pint-sized hatchback sees the much-loved Fiat 500 updated with four new trim levels, each receiving a high standard of specification, further boosting the distinct characteristics of each model.
Now in its third generation, the new model range includes 4 variants with different transmissions to suit different individuals and their needs; the new line-up includes the Fiat 500 Cult, Connect, Dolcevita, and Sport iterations, with a derivative for everyone.
Fiat 500 Cult
The Fiat 500 Cult derivative is the new entry-level model to replace the previous generation. The Fiat 500 Cult features a striking new Arancio Sicilia orange as the flagship colour. Running on 14-inch steel wheels with hubcaps and black exterior mirrors, Cult models feature LED daytime running lamps as standard, with halogen headlights.
The interior is accented by blue fabric seats with Fiat Monogram and body colour dashboard. A new option for Cult is a Techno Blue Matt dashboard and the standard list of comfort features. UconnectTM five-inch radio with DAB, USB ports and manual air-conditioning are all standard, as is a speed limiter.
Fiat 500 Connect
The Fiat 500 Connect model is ideal for technology lovers. Adding onto the Cult model’s standard specification, Connect models feature added extras like 15-inch alloy wheels and specific side skirts, rear spoiler and bumpers, including foglights. The model is set apart by the new Silver bi-colour treatment with gloss black roof.
Height adjustable seats enhance the interior along with a multi-function steering wheel with eight buttons. The dashboard can be ordered in Matt Silver, with other interior comforts, like cruise control, a Uconnect seven-inch infotainment console (featuring CarPlay and AndroidAuto), and two additional rear speakers are also included.
Fiat 500 Dolcevita
For style queens, the Fita 500 Dolcevita models epitomise Italian style with bespoke badging and chrome accents on the two-tone paintwork. Sitton on 16-inch alloy wheels, the Dolcevita also gets the Techno-leather multi-function steering wheel, glass roof, Matelassé fabric seats with techno leather details, and a 50/50 split rear seat.
Fiat 500 Sport
The Fiat 500 Sport features some more sporty upgrades that include 16-inch alloy wheels, Sport badging, and specific side skirts, bumpers and rear spoiler. The new Cloud Grey colour looks particularly good against the new “arrow electro” seats and Titanium dashboard with red 500 logo. The TFT seven-inch digital cluster accompanies automatic air conditioning.
Advanced drivetrain technology
Fiat 500 is powered by Fiat’s TwinAir two-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. While this engine incorporates state-of-the-art technology and efficiency, it also pays homage to the original two-cylinder engine from the 1960s concept.
The advanced 875cc engine is a high-performance motor designed with major innovations developed by Fiat for petrol engines. The “downsizing” technology reduces the engine power, the number of cylinders and the size of the engine, resulting in a drastic reduction in fuel consumption and emissions levels (up to 30%) but, as it is matched with the turbocharger, its power and performance remain the same.
The engine delivers 62.5kW at 5,500 rpm and 145Nm of torque at 1,900 rpm, which means the 500 is frugal, yet spirited, offering combined cycle fuel consumption of 4 l/100km while still accelerating around town in very respectable times (0-100km/h in 11 seconds).
All four trim levels of the Fiat 500 are available in hatchback guise, while the cabriolet 500C is reserved for Dolcevita and Sport derivatives. Manual transmission is available in Cult, Connect, and Sport hatchbacks, as well as the 500C Sport, while MTA is reserved for 500 and 500C Dolcevita models.
- Cult 0.9L (FWD 5MT transmission) – R219,900
- Connect 0.9L (FWD 5MT transmission) – R260,900
- Sport – 0.9L (FWD 5MT transmission) – R269,900
- Dolcevita 0.9L (FWD 5AT transmission) – R274,900
- Sport Cabriolet 0.9L (FWD 5AT transmission) – R319,900
- Dolcevita Cabriolet 0.9L (FWD 5AT transmission) – R324,900