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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Key Elements of the 2012 Fiat 500


There is simply no other car in its segment that offers as much in terms of features, engineering and design as the Fiat 500. With details and character worthy of a car costing 2 or 3 times that of the 500, this is not the typical econobox American have traditionally been offered.

The list below provides a quick reference guide to all the key features of the Fiat 500:


Segment Exclusives/Recognition
*Fiat 500 MultiAir technology was recognized as the “single most innovative engine technology” of the year by the International Engine of the Year Awards panel
*2009 World Car Design of the Year
*European Car of the Year 2008
*One of the most awarded cars — with 60 major awards
*The 500,000th Fiat 500 was produced in March 2010


SAFETY/SECURITY


Seven standard air bags
°including knee bag)
°driver/front passenger
°knee air bag
°side curtain
°seat mounted
Standard four-wheel disc ABS
Standard Electronic Stability Control
Standard All-Speed Traction Control
Standard Active Head Restraints
Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (warning lamp)
Standard Fix & Go quick tire repair kit

Standard Electronic Brake Assist (Hydraulic Brake Assistance)
°equalizes brake pressure so optimum force over optimum time is applied
Standard Hill Start Assist
Standard Remote Keyless Entry
Standard Sentry Key
Available alarm system (Standard on Lounge)
Standard heated exterior mirrors
Standard "Follow Me Home" function (headlamp off delay)
Available fog lights
Standard variable speed-sensitive wipers
Available ParkSense® Rear Park Assist
Daytime running lamps



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INTERIOR

Ergonomically designed
Standard digital IP display with integrated EVIC
Available electrochromic rearview mirror
Available leather-wrapped steering wheel w/controls incl. w/Convenience Pkg., (Standard on Lounge and Sport)
Standard cruise/speed control
Standard tilt steering column
Available heated front seats (cloth or leather trimmed) (Sport, Lounge) (Must have 6-speed automatic) (Also included in Luxury Package)
Seats designed for comfort
Standard manual height adjuster for driver seat
Standard 50/50 split fold-down rear seatbacks with adjustable headrests
Standard driver seat easy-entry (for rear seat) with memory (mechanical)
Available automatic temperature control monitors that display inside and outside temperature
as well as surface temperature
Available auto dimming rearview mirror
Standard air conditioning
Standard 12v power outlet in center console

Standard storage
°Center console with cargo nets
°Glove box with cargo net
°Passenger under-seat storage
°Five cupholders (3 front/2 rear)
°Front door pockets
°Front seatback pockets
Cargo Area
°9.5 cu ft with rear seat up
°17.5 cu ft with rear seats folded
Option Group
°Luxury Package — Leather seats, electrochromic rear view mirror, heated front seats (Lounge)


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VALUE



Connectivity and Infotainment Options and Equipment
°AM/FM/CD/MP3 player
°Auxiliary audio input jack
°Sound Systems
Standard sound system
°6 speakers
Bose Premium Audio Package
°7 speakers
°Digital amplifier
°7-channel equalizer
°Available Sirius® Satellite Radio
°Blue & Me Systems
°Blue & Me Handsfree Connect
°Bluetooth® phone connectivity
°USB port for memory stick music, iPod® connectivity; voice command for "next," "previous" and "play"
°Control with radio, steering wheel controls, or voice
°Contacts are viewable in a display on the IP
°Voice activated calling
°Tom Tom™ Navigation with Blue & Me Handsfree Connect
°Includes all Blue & Me Handsfree Connect features
Available steering wheel controls for
°Sound system
°Phone
°Navigation System
Option Group
°Convenience Package — Includes Blue & Me Handsfree Connect package plus Leather Steering Wheel with Controls (must have cruise control)
Standard Warranties*
°4-year/50,000 miles Bumper to Bumper
°4-year/50,000 miles Powertrain
°4-year/36,000 miles Maintenance
°4-year/unlimited miles Roadside Assitance

* revised 1/20/11
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PERFORMANCE




1.4L MultiAir Engine
°Variable Valve Timing
°101 hp, 28 city/37 highway mpg Preliminary estimate- Actual TBA ;)Transmissions
°5-speed manual
°Aisin 6-speed with AutoStick
6-speed automatic
Eco:Drive Fuel Economy Management
°Downloadable computer application designed to help you improve how efficiently you drive
°Analyzes driving style and provides tips on using less fuel, saving money, and reducing CO2 emissions
°Plug in a USB device to record driving style. Can listen to music, make a call, etc., from same usb drive
Push button Eco – Sport Mode
°Throttle, shift points and steering adjustments are more responsive
Suspension
°Normal duty
°Sport-tuned (Sport)
10.5-gallon fuel tank


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Features


Exterior
°Fixed Glass Roof (Lounge)
°"Sky Dome" Power Sunroof (option)
°Body-color front and rear fascias (Pop, Sport)
°Body-color w/chrome front and rear fascias (Lounge)
°Body-color body-side molding w/integrated 500 badge (Lounge)
°Chrome belt molding (Lounge)
°Black belt molding (Pop, Sport)
°Standard chrome door handles
°Body Kit (Sport)
°Body-color rear spoiler (Sport)
°Bright stainless exhaust tip (Sport, Lounge)
°FIAT badging, front fascia and liftgate
°15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers (Pop)
°15-inch aluminum wheels (2 styles) (one Pop, one Lounge)
°15-inch aluminum wheels, polished with black pockets (Sport)
°15-inch aluminum wheels with premium finish (Lounge)
°16-inch aluminum wheels (Sport)
°500,000 customization combinations



Interior
°Two-tone design (option)
°Leather


Sources: List taken from Chrysler LLC, Chrysler Media

18 comments:

Small Car Lover said...

Great Info! This answers a lot of questions. Do we know if the 28 city/37 highway mpg are official EPA numbers?

Jim said...

3 year/36,000 or 4 year/50,000 mile warranty?

Chris said...

The Fiat 500 is more than just a great looking car and here is the proof. It's no wonder the 500 is one of the most sought after cars in the world.

Rusty said...

ah, i was always wondering about the security system, I have a fear of a group of thugs attempting to pickup my fiat 500 someday and just shoving it into the back of a flatbed or something lol

Anonymous said...

just wondering, are these MPG figures accurate for the US model?

Anonymous said...

You can't order heated seats with a manual transmission? Dumb, dumb, dumb...

Anonymous said...

Starting to think I want the Hyundai Veloster or Mini instead. The Fiat is a good car, but the more I look at it, the more I find the body style is not really for me.

Anonymous said...

101 hp, 28 city/37 highway mpg???

Anonymous said...

Speed control is listed as standard equipment on the Build Pop model on the "See full Details" from this link. May also be other changes as I can not copy and paste from this window but the speed control stands out as a possible error. I also thought the outside temperature was included with the standard electronic vehicle computer display and not optional.

http://www.fiatusa.com/en/build_your_own.html

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris- "28 city/ 37 highway MPG"- are those the confirmed figures for the US 1.4L Multi-air? -TR

Anonymous said...

You're sure about the warranty info?

This is what I found:

"Fiat 500 will keep its Italian flair, Detroit News, Nov. 18

The tiny Fiat 500 will be marketed in the United States using its Italian name, the Cinquecento, and will be available in numerous configurations with Italian names for the colors. “The market is right because the car reflects the social driving of the American public now,” said Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, the News said.

The car, he said, “is a unique expression of the individual.” The car will start at $15,500 and come with a four-year/ 50,000 warranty and a three-year/36,000 maintenance program. The Fiat design team in Auburn Hills has been in daily contact with Fiat designers in Turin, Italy, to ensure the styling is authentic, Laura Soave, Head of Fiat brand N.A., said, the News reported. “There’s over half a million ways you can build this vehicle,” Soave said, the News reported. Soave expects 65 percent of sales will be orders, and the goal is to fill them in 30 to 45 days, the article said."

Chris said...

Thanks for catching the warranty info. I have revised it. The "Key Elements " were taken from training information given to me by an anonymous source, regrettably there wasn't a person that came along with them to explain the discrepancies.LOL.

I've also upgraded the cruise control being available on the POP.

The fuel economy figures listed are on the document so I would go with them. They are competitive with the cars in its class. The Euro car, by the way, gets:

Fuel consumption (combined urban/Hway): 6.3 l/100km (37 mpg)

Now, fuel consumption is figured differently in Europe, so you can't compare them exactly, but it gives you a general ballpark.

And now the EPA has a new way of rating mpgs (which drops everyones mpgs drastically) so now you can't compare the new ratings to the old ratings.

I personally don't trust EPA figures as I have always been able to beat them in any of my cars.

I'm sure I'll do the same in my 500.

Chris said...

Don't worry, it looks like you can have heated seats as a dealer installed item.

Anonymous said...

Fiat USA called yesterday to confirm my color change that I requested two weeks ago. I asked Maria about the EPA ratings and she wouldn't or couldn't tell me the ratings. Compared to a 2011 MINI Cooper which is rated at 29/37 with 20 more horsepower and about 200 more pounds, the stated 28/37 is a bit disappointing.

ciddyguy said...

I saw this when it was posted and it looks pretty good.

Yeah, I was hoping the mileage would be closer to low to mid 40's highway, low 30's city w/ combined being around 35-36mpg US, this isn't bad if this is closer to what the EPA going to rate and have to agree, this is roughly in line with many other cars, sadly, the Honda Fit gets I think low 30's highway with it's 1.6L motor, but at 119 or so hp and I think that's low for the B segment class and I forget off hand what the Mazda 2 gets but it didn't sound overly impressive when you consider the lack of power (1.5L, 100hp) it produces as the motor has NO torque below 4000rpm and seems to have not much beyond 4000rpm and maxes out right at redline and simply runs out of breath almost immediately.

Overall, a good list of features and clarifies some things I had wondered like intermittent wipers and the underseat storage, I figured the intermittent feature was available, just not mentioned as yet.

I'm sure as time goes by, we'll see corrections where necessary as usually things like the trip computer that's now seen on most cars offers the ability to read the outside temp alone, whether you have the fancy automatic climate controls or not.

Chris said...

I'm hoping to get confirmation next week on the under-seat storage, hill start and the outside temp.

RacerRon said...

It seems strange to me that U.S. dealerships are going to start selling the 500 in March, yet consumers (like me) are confused about what features will be available.

morg said...

Diesel. Just bring the diesels to california. They wont be able to make them fast enough with an average of 60mpg!!!!!!!!!!!!!