The New York Auto Show marked the last major domestic auto show of the year and Fiat finished out the season on a high note, with the imminent release of three new models heading towards Fiat Studio showrooms - the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, 500L MPV and the all electric Fiat 500e. In the case of the Abarth Cabrio, Fiat Studios have already started delivering the car, with the first cars rolling in last month. The roomy Fiat 500L is slated to hit the ground in June with the 500e following closely behind it, but only for lucky California residents.
Pre-production models of the Fiat 500L were on display at the New York Auto Show, which explains why the cars were roped off. Fiat enthusiasts hungry to touch the car were disappointed that they weren't allowed in, but it's essential to have fixtures and materials finalised to put forth the best first impressions for the public.
The Fiat 500L, shown above in Trekking form, shows off some of the roominess the car offers. The 500L is about two feet longer than a Fiat 500 hatchback, yet has 42 percent more space. In fact, the compact car has the interior volume of a fullsize Chrysler 300. The Fiat 500L features doors that open wide for easy entrance and once inside, passengers enjoy a bright, airy interior that is comfortable and versatile. The 500L comes in four versions - Pop, Easy, Trekking and Lounge. Each model, in typical Fiat fashion, is well equipped.
Just in time for Spring, the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio has begun to arrive at Fiat Studios all across the country. Adding the cabrio top to the 500 Abarth is guaranteed to peg the needle on the fun-to-drive meter. The 500 Abarth was recently awarded MotorWeek's Driver's Choice Award for Best Sport Coupe, beating out the FR-S and BRZ, so the open air Abarth Cabrio should be something exceptional!
The slide back roof design of the Abarth Cabrio maintains the chassis' stiffness and the car exhibits 70 percent less header shake than its key competitors. Difficult to see in this image are the standard park sensors that give added security when backing up.
The Fiat 500e gathered much attention at the New York Auto Show. This is a car that appeals to everyone and not just EV enthusiasts. The combination of the attractive 500 design along with best in class energy efficiency and an unsurpassed EPA highway mileage rating has grabbed the attention of EV fans and non-fans alike. The Fiat 500e is the first affordable EV with the emphasis on being a fun car to drive, and the e-Sport Package on the car displayed is a good example of this sporty attitude.
The e-Sport Package gives the Fiat 500e an aggressive personality, something unusual in the EV world. The dot matrix front and rear fascias are blacked-out, replacing the gloss white fascias.
The e-Sport Package features 15 inch alloy wheels that are blacked out with Electrico Arancione Perla (Electric Orange) accents. All 500e models wear one inch wider rims in the rear (6.5" vs 5.5") for enhanced high speed stability.
The dot matrix theme is carried over with a body stripe in Electrico Arancione.
Blacked-out headlights and front and rear lamp assemblies are borrowed from the Fiat 500T. These are also available as accessories for other 500 models - check with your Fiat Studio for details.
Electrico Arancione highlights on the seats and steering wheel set the 500e apart from gasoline powered models.
The Fiat 500 by Gucci will be back for 2013, this time it will be joined by a new option package called Gucci 2.
The 500 by Gucci 2 gets the blacked-out treatment. The lace alloy wheels have black painted recesses. Blacked out lighting is again borrowed from the Fiat 500T. Selected trim receives the brushed aluminum look.
The outstanding design of the Fiat 500 lends itself to many interpretations. The 500 can be aggressively sporty, like the 500 Abarth or 500T Cattiva above...
or a fun beach cruiser as demonstrated by this 500 by Mopar concept. Either way, the Fiat 500 has the charisma to pull it off!
Special thanks goes out to the Fiat Brand Ambassadors who do a great job traveling across the country to promote the brand. Above is Megan Agrusa...