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Friday, September 22, 2017

Fiat 500X Mopar Side Moldings Install

Fiat 500X before and after

You picked out and configured your Fiat 500X just the way you wanted and brought it home thinking you are done personalizing it. Well, not so fast! Mopar, the parts, and accessories division of FCA offers more than 100 accessories to customize your car further. Owning a Fiat, after all, is about fun, style and driving something the opposite ordinary.

With that in mind, we looked through the Mopar online catalog to see how we can spice up our faithful 500X we purchased a few years back. Our Bianco 500X Trekking has a black interior with red accents, so we decided on a few tasteful exterior accessories that picked up on the red interior accents. As we like to encourage people to try their hand at personalizing their car, Mopar obliged and sent us the following accessories.

  • 500X Red Body Side Moldings, Part Number: 68263342AA, Suggested Retail: $260
  • 500X Red Mirror Covers, Part Number: 68280278AA, Suggested Retail: $105
  • 500X Bodyside Graphics, Part Number: 82214955, Suggested Retail: $165


All these items are available for purchase at your local dealer or online on the Mopar website and can be installed by a do-it-yourselfer who has some patience. An important thing to remember about Mopar accessories is they have the same fit and finish as factory parts and carry a 24 month/unlimited mileage guarantee.* They function and fit like OEM parts because they undergo the same testing as the parts on your car. These aren't knockoffs and are the real deal.

The object of this Fiat How-To article will be to go over how we installed these accessories and to offer our insights and tips. Because there are several items, we will post three separate articles in the interest of space and go into greater detail. Don't forget to follow the link to the forum to ask questions.


500X Mopar Lower Body Side Moulding

Installing The Fiat 500X 
Mopar Body Side Molding Kit

The Fiat 500X features a lower body side moulding with a spear-shaped accent. To show off this shape, Mopar offers a variety of different colors to personalize your 500X. We chose a red accent to go with the red accents in the interior.

Installation difficulty rated on a scale of 1 thru 5 would be a solid 1 or maybe a 2 if you are new to using adhesive tape. Figure an hour or so to complete this job. As with anything attached to a car with adhesives, you need to make sure the surface is clean, and the temperature is within the range specified in the instructions - in this case 65° F / 18° C. Hold off attempting this if the location you are working at is too cold or you will have issues down the road with the adhesive failing.


500X Mopar Body Side Moulding Supplies
Here is what you will need: Silicone Adhesive, Grease and Wax Remover, Lint Free Towels, Gloves and the supplied adhesion enhancer.  There is an additional adhesion promoter/plastic primer that is listed in the instructions, but I've had good luck with the above silicone adhesive and elected not to use it.  Your mileage may vary so consult a body shop if you have any concerns about not using it.


To mount the mouldings you'll need to augment the attached 3M double sided moulding tape with silicone adhesive.  As mentioned above, you must clean the mounting surface completely.  However, the the instructions recommend against using the usual alcohol to do this and specifies a solvent based grease and wax remover.


Silicone Adhesive used

This is the silicone adhesive that was used to augment the double sided moulding tape.

Cleaning lower moulding

After you assemble your supplies, you need to test fit the mouldings.  You'll find they fit perfectly.  Do the test fit and get familiar with how they fit on the edges because  you don't want to reposition the mouldings once you set them down.

After the test fit, clean your mouldings.  You must remove all vestiges of dirt, oil, protectants or  dressings. Follow the directions on your wax and oil remover.   I use lint free, white paper towels so I can check for discoloration indicating there is still surface contamination. Don't rush this step.

adhesive promoter

The moulding comes with 3m double sided tape attached to it.  When applying tape to plastic, an adhesion promoter is recommended and Mopar includes it with the moulding kit.

Applying adhesive promoter

Using the supplied sponge, apply the adhesive promoter all around where the double sided tape will sit. There is a working time between 90 seconds and one hour with this product so plan accordingly.


cleaning moulding

Clean the moulding with of all dirt and grease with the degreaser. Let it evaporate before going onto the next step.

Applying adhesive

Grab your tube of silicon adhesive and...


Adhesive pattern

... apply it to the moulding.  This was the pattern illustrated in the instructions. While I could have made the beads a little wider, it is important not to get the silicone too close to the tape where it can contaminate it.

Peel tape back

Peel back an inch or so of the tape backing on each corner.


Offer up moulding

The right rear moulding just before install. The tape backing on the front of the moulding was also peeled back,  You want to have just enough tape backing hanging out so you can get a good grip on it when you pull it off.

attach body side moulding

Align the moulding at the front, back and top, double check and then push it on lightly.  Check again and then hold it down while you carefully pull the tape backing off from all around the moulding. Once the tape is removed firmly press the mouldings on evenly all over.  Hold this pressure for one minute.

Applying pressure to moulding

I used a microfiber towel to press the moulding down so as not to scratch the surface with my fingers.


Apply pressure to set moulding

The mouldings fit beautifully, so as long as you took your time test fitting and applying them you'll have no issues.

Fiat 500X with Mopar Body Side Moulding

Some extra color accents this neat design feature. 

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Fiat 500X Mopar Mirror Covers


Our next article in this series will be how to install Mopar Mirror Covers on a 500X. After that we will tackle the body side stripe. Stick around!

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*Contact your dealer or check the Mopar website for warranty details.

Disclaimer: This is how I installed the lower body side mouldings on my Fiat 500X and is provided for informational and entertainment purposes. If you have any doubts on you ability to perform this work or have any issues, I recommend having it done by a professional. I am not responsible for any issues arriving from you reading this post. Use at your own risk.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fiat 500X Urbana Edition

Fiat 500X Urbana Edition

The Fiat 500X Urbana Edition is a special option package Fiat will introduce for the late 2017 model year.* The Fiat 500X Urbana Edition is based on the Trekking model and features unique Miron black (Metallic Iron) exterior and interior trim along with copper accents giving the Urbana a tough, urban look.

2018 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition


Tim Kuniskis, Head of Fiat Brand North America is quoted in the Urbana Edition's press release saying,

"The Fiat 500X combines iconic Italian style with functionality, performance and all-wheel-drive confidence, the new Fiat 500X Urbana Edition takes our top-selling Trekking trim, best known for its rugged exterior and interior appearance, and adds unique content with black and copper accents to create a fresh new personality option for our customers.”

Fiat 500X Urbana Edition Mirror Trim


On the outside, the 500X Urbana sports Miron black-paint on its:
  • Mirror caps
  • Door handles
  • Tail-lamp surrounds
  • Liftgate bezel
  • Fascia trims
  • Front emblem 'whiskers'

Fiat 500X Urbana Sill Moulding


The 500X's signature spear-shaped sill mouldings are also in Miron black and have copper-accented 500X logo. The Urbana's 18-inch wheels are painted in Matte black and Miron and are also accented with copper center caps. Black side roof rails and dark headlamp surrounds top off the exterior design.

Fiat 500X Urbana Interior Representation
Interior of the Urbana Edition should look similar to the European 500X with "S Package" trim


Inside, the 500X Urbana Edition gets special attention, too, with:
  • Unique seats with black Castiglio chevron-patterned fabric and copper embroidered 500 logos
  • Black textured instrument panel with a copper 500 logo
  • Black-painted center console
  • Miron-painted radio and vent bezels

Fiat 500X Urbana Front Trim

The Fiat 500X Urbana Edition will available in four colors: Grigio Graphite (Graphite Gray), Blue Sky Metallic, Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat) and Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat).

Fiat 500X Urbana Wheel


The Fiat 500X Urbana Edition package costs $845 and can be added to both front-wheel and all-wheel drive Trekking models, with MSRPs with the package starting at $24,195 for front-drive cars and $26,095 for cars with all-wheel-drive.


Other options and packages available on the 500X Urbana Edition include:
  • Advanced Safety Package ($1,295; featuring auto high-beam headlamps, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection systems, Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, ParkSense Rear Park Assist and rain-sensitive windshield wipers).
  • Popular Equipment Package ($995; includes Parkview rear backup camera and automatic temperature control air conditioning with dual-zone controls)
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof and Beats premium audio system ($995)
  • Uconnect 6.5 with navigation ($875)
  • Cold Weather Package ($450)

Look for the Fiat 500X Urbana Edition arriving at dealers later this fall.

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Note: We originally reported the 500X Urbana Edition as new for the 2018 model year, however that was incorrect.  The Urbana Edition will be introduced as a late 2017 and arrive at the end of the 2017 model year this fall. The 2018 500X models are expected to arrive at the tail end of this year. We apologise for the confusion.

Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US

Friday, September 8, 2017

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth Full Specifications

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth and Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Vehicle Type: A-segment hatchback (500) and cabrio (500c)
EPA Vehicle Class: Mini-compact
Assembly Plant: Toluca, Mexico
Original Introduction: Date Fiat 500 Abarth: Spring 2012 as a 2012 model
Fiat 500c Abarth: Spring 2013 as a 2013 model

FIAT 500 ABARTH BODY/CHASSIS
Layout: Transverse-mounted front engine, front-wheel drive
Construction: Unitized steel body

FIAT 500 ABARTH ENGINE: 1.4-LITER SOHC 16-VALVE TURBOCHARGED MULTIAIR INLINE FOUR-CYLINDER
Availability: Standard — Fiat 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth
Type and Description: Inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged
Displacement: 83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke: 2.83 x 3.31 in. (72.0 x 84.0 mm)
Valve System: Belt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller
rockers
Fuel Injection: Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction: Cast-iron block with aluminum-alloy head and aluminum-alloy
bedplate
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Maximum Turbo Boost (psi / bar): 18 psi / 1.24 bar
Power (SAE): 160 bhp (119 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (117 bhp/liter)(with five-speed manual)
157bhp (117 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (114.8 bhp/liter) (with six-speed automatic)
Torque (SAE): 170 lb.-ft. (230 N•m) @ 2,500-4,000 rpm (with five-speed manual)
183lb.-ft. (248 N•m) @ 2,400-4,000 rpm (with six-speed automatic)
Max. Engine Speed: 6,500 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement: 87 octane (R+M)/2 acceptable
91 octane recommended
Oil Capacity: 4.0 qt. (3.8 liter) with dry filter
Coolant Capacity: 4.6 qt. (4.4 liter)
Emission Controls: Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors and
internal engine features(a)
Max. Gross Trailer Weight: Not rated for trailer tow
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg:
(city/highway/combined)
28 / 34 / 31 with five-speed manual
24 / 32/ 27 with six-speed automatic transmission
Engine Assembly Plant: Dundee, Mich.
(a) Meets Federal Tier 2 Bin 5 emission requirements and LEV II requirements in California, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Vermont,
Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

Fiat 500 Abarth Engine


FIAT 500 ABARTH TRANSMISSION: C510 PERFORMANCE FIVE-SPEED MANUAL
Availability: Standard on Fiat 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth
Description: 1st, 2nd gear: Double Cone
3rd, 4th, 5th, gear: Single Cone
Gear Ratios:
1st: 3.909
2nd: 2.238
3rd: 1.520
4th: 1.156
5th: 0.872
Reverse: 3.909
Final-drive Ratio: 3.353

FIAT 500 ABARTH TRANSMISSION: AISIN AW6F25 SIX-SPEED AUTOMATIC
Availability Optional on Fiat 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth
Description Auto Stick driver-interactive manual control and electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios
1st 4.04
2nd 2.37
3rd 1.56
4th 1.16
5th 0.85
6th 0.67

Reverse 3.19
Final-drive Ratio 3.50
Overall Top Gear 2.35

FIAT 500 ABARTH ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Alternator: 120-amp
Battery: 500 CCA, maintenance free

FIAT 500 ABARTH SUSPENSION
Front
MacPherson suspension, coil spring with KONI frequency
selective damping (FSD) twin-tube struts and stabilizer bar
Rear
 Rear twist-beam axle with coil springs and twin-tube shock
absorbers with 0.86 (22 mm) solid stabilizer bar

FIAT 500 ABARTH STEERING
Type: Power rack and pinion with electric power steering (EPS) column
Overall Ratio 15.5:1
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb): 37.6 ft. (11.45 m)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock): 2.3

FIAT 500 ABARTH BRAKES
Front
Rotor size and type: 11.1 x 0.86 (282 x 22) vented
Caliper size and type: 2.12 (54) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area 193 sq. in. (1,244 sq. cm)
Rear: 9.4 x 0.4 (240 x 11) solid
Rotor size and type 1.33 (34) single-piston with aluminum housing
Caliper size and type: 153 sq. in. (984 sq. cm)
Swept area: 11.1 x 0.86 (282 x 22) vented

Fiat 500 Abarth Digital Instrument Panel


FIAT 500 ABARTH DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES(B)
Wheelbase: 90.6 (2,300)
Track: Front 55.4 (1,406.8)
Track: Rear 55.0 (1,397.0)
Overall Length: 144.4 (3,667.3)
Overall: Width 64.1 (1,627.0)
73.5 (1,866.0) with side mirrors
Overall Height:
500 Abarth: 59.2 (1,502) to antenna base
500 Abarth: 58.7 (1,490) to roof
500c Abarth: 59.2 (1,504) to roof
Ground Clearance:
500 Abarth: 4.1 (103.7)
500c Abarth: 4.6 (117.2)
Drag Coefficient (Cd)
500 Abarth: 0.352 — with 16-in. wheels
500 Abarth: 0.365 — with 17-in. wheels
500c Abarth: 0.352 — with 16-in. wheels
500c Abarth: 0.365 — with 17-in. wheels
Curb Weight, lb. (kg):
500 Abarth: 2,512 (1,141.8)
500c Abarth: 2,545 (1,154.2)
Weight Distribution, percent F/R 500 Abarth: 64/36
500c Abarth: 64/36
Fuel Tank Capacity, gal. (liter): 10.5 (40)
(b) All dimensions measured at curb weight with standard tires.

Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio Seats


FIAT 500 ABARTH ACCOMMODATIONS (Estimated)
Seating Capacity: F/R 2/2
Front Seat
Head room:
500 Abarth: 38.9 (989.1)
500 Abarth: 37.6 (956.3) with sunroof
500c Abarth: 38.6 (979.9)
Legroom
500 Abarth: 40.7 (1,034.8)
500c Abarth: 40.7 (1,034.8)
Shoulder room
500 Abarth: 49.4 (1,254.8)
500c Abarth: 49.4 (1,254.8)
Hip room
500 Abarth: 47.8 (1,215.3)
500c Abarth: 47.8 (1,215.3)
Total seat travel
500 Abarth: Driver — 8.2 (210.0)
500 Abarth: Passenger — 8.2 (210.0)
EPA front row interior volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)
500 Abarth: 45.3 (1.282)
500c Abarth: 44.9 (1.27)
Rear Seat
Head room
500 Abarth: 35.5 (902.9)
500c Abarth: 36.8 (933.9)
Legroom
500 Abarth: 31.7 (805.1)
500c Abarth: 31.7 (805.1)
Shoulder room
500 Abarth: 46.4 (1,177.5)
500c Abarth: 46.4 (1,178.5)
Hip room
500 Abarth: 42.6 (1,083.1)
500c Abarth: 42.6 (1,083.1)
EPA second row interior volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)
500 Abarth: 30.2 (0.856)
500c Abarth: 31.3 (0.886)
Total Interior Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)
500 Abarth: 75.5 (2.137)
500c Abarth: 76.2 (2.159)
EPA Luggage Compartment Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)*
500 Abarth: 9.5 (0.268)
500 Abarth: 26.8 (0.759) with rear seats folded
500c Abarth: 5.4 (0.152)
500c Abarth: 23.4(0.663) with rear seats folded
EPA Interior Volume Index, cu. ft. (cu. m)
500 Abarth: 84.9 (2.405)
500c Abarth: 81.6 (2.31)
Trunk Liftover Height
500 Abarth: 27.2 (690.2)
500c Abarth: 27.7 (705.0)
* Beats audio system reduces compartment volume by 0.6 cu. ft. (0.016 cu. m)

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth Wheels


FIAT 500 ABARTH WHEELS
Availability: Standard on Fiat 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth
Type and material: Cast-aluminum in Hyper-Black
Size: 16 x 6.5
Weight: 18.3 lbs
Offset: 35mm
Center Hub Diameter: 58.1mm

Availability: Optional on Fiat 500 and 500c Abarth
Type and material: Forged-aluminum with Hyper Nero (black) or optional Bronze finish
(white) painted
Size 17 x 7.0
Weight: 18.9 lbs
Offset: 35mm
Center Hub Diameter: 58.1mm

FIAT 500 ABARTH TIRES
Availability: Standard on Fiat 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth
Size and type 195/45R16 XL 84V BSW all-season
Mfr. and model Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S
Revs per mile (km) 901 (560)

Availability: Optional on Fiat 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth
Size and type 205/40R17 XL 84W BSW
Mfr. and model Pirelli P-Zero Nero Three-season
Revs per mile (km) 877 (545)

2017 FIAT 500 ABARTH COLORS
Nero Puro (Straight Black) Clear Coat
Rhino Clear Coat
Celeste Blu (Retro Light Blue)
Rosso (Red)
Giallo Moderna Perla (Yellow) Tri-Coat
Grigio Cenre
Bianco Perla (Pearl White Tri-Coat)



Source and images courtesy of FCA.

Monday, September 4, 2017

2018 Fiat 500X Model Changes

2018 Fiat 500X Trekking

The 2018 Fiat 500X carries over unchanged from 2017, except for the Uconnect 4 system being standard on all 2018 Fiat 500X models. The Uconnect 4 includes a 7-inch display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, plus offers performance improvements over the previous system with faster startup time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, plus higher resolution and sharper graphics. The 2018 Fiat 500X will arrive at dealerships late this year.


2018 Fiat 500X Trekking Interior

The 2017 Fiat 500X featured new colors, lower pricing and more features making this very capable crossover an even better value than ever before. Review the 2017 Fiat 500X model year changes here:



Fiat 500X Arctic Testing

2018 Fiat 500X Model Lineup

  • Pop
  • Trekking
  • Lounge


Fiat 500X Pop

2018 Fiat 500X Exterior Colors

  • Arancio (Orange)
  • Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat)
  • Blue Sky (Metallic)
  • Blu Venezia (Blue Metallic)
  • Bronzo Magnetico (Bronze Metallic)
  • Giallo Tristrato (Tri-coat Yellow)
  • Grigio Argento (Gray Metallic)
  • Grigio Graphite (Graphite Gray)
  • Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat)
  • Rame Chiaro (Light Copper)
  • Rosso Amore (Tri-coat Red)
  • Rosso Passione (Red Hypnotique Clear Coat)



2018 Fiat 500X Interior Colors

  • Nero/Grigio (black/gray) (cloth)
  • Nero/Rosso (black/red) (cloth)
  • Nero (black) (premium cloth, premium leather)
  • Tortora Chiaro/Grigio (Light Dove/Gray) (premium cloth)
  • Testa di Moro/Grigio (Dark Brown/Gray) (premium cloth)
  • Cuoio Anticato (Tobacco) (premium leather)
Fiat 500X Interior Upgrade
2018 Fiat 500X Pop features new seat material and center console finish which originated on late production 2017 models.

Read more


Source and images:FCA US LLC

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fiat Sales for August 2017

Fiat 500c Cabrio and Friends

Fiat sold a total of 2,120 vehicles in August, down 23 percent compared to the same month last year. Sales of the Fiat 500L MPV were up, however, compared to August of 2016 for a modest 8 percent increase. Other Fiat model's sales didn't fair as well, and all were down compared to August of last year.

Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio


The 500X crossover did enjoy a bump in sales compared to the last two months, which is good news. Fiat has unveiled a newly redesigned 500L along with the 2018 124 Spider and 500X today, and with the upcoming redesigned 500 hatch and Cabrio models coming next Spring, there is some excitement coming to Fiat dealerships for 2018. Stay tuned!



Fiat 500X in Matte Bronze Paint


August Fiat News
Bronzo Magnetico Opaco paint is the name of the attractive the matte bronze paint that was available on the 2016 Fiat 500X. We published an article on how to take care of this gorgeous paint.


Fiat 500c Cabrio Lounge


The Fiat 500's Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS) is a safety feature that kicks in after an accident that protects its ocupents and assist emergency responders. The system contains a Fuel Cutoff feature that turns off the fuel pump in an accident. We posted how to turn off the fuel cutoff when you need to move the car.




Fiat Brand Sales in the United States, January - August 2017
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change
August
500
500L
500X
124

    937
    141
    680
    382
    2,120

 1,246
 131
 899
 460
  2,736

  -25%
   8%
   -27%
  -17%
   -23%

    9,419
    1058
    5237
    3332
    19046

       10,122
       2,698
       8,425
          941
       22,186

    -7%
    -61%
    -38%
    254%
    -14%
July
500
500L
500X
124

    1026
    171
    597
    450
    2,244

 1,089
 225
 944
 480
  2,738

  -6%
   -24%
   -37%
   -6%
   -18%

    8,482
    917
    4577
    2950
    16926

        8,876
       2,567
       7,526
          481
       19,450

    -4%
    -64%
    -39%
    513%
    -13%
June
500
500L
500X
124

    995
    184
    553
    510
    2,242

 1,115
 279
 934
 1
  2,329

  -11%
   -34%
   -41%
    New
   -4%

    7,456
    746
    3980
    2500
    14,682

        7,787
       2,342
       6,582
           1
       16,712

    -4%
    -68%
    -40%
    New
    -12%
May
500
500L
500X
124

    1,240
    163
    703
    564
    2,670

 1,573
 335
 1,262
 0
  3,170

  -21%
   -51%
   -44%
    New
   -16%

    6,461
    562
    3427
    1990
    12,440

        6672
       2,063
       5,648
           0
       14,383

    -3%
    -73%
    -39%
    New
    -14%
April
500
500L
500X
124

    1,201
    115
    758
    465
    2,539

 1,504
 466
 1,128
 0
  3,098

  -20%
   -75%
   -33%
    New
   -18%

    5,221
    399
    2724
    1426
    9,770

        5099
       1728
       4,386
           0
        11213

    2%
    -77%
    -38%
    New
    -13%
March
500
500L
500X
124

    1,671
    106
    726
    419
    2,922

 1,494
 535
 1,056
 0
  3,085

  12%
   -80%
   -31%
    New
   -5%

    4,020
    284
    1966
    961
    7,231

        3595
       1262
       3,258
           0
        8,115

    12%
    -77%
    -40%
    New
    -11%
Feb
500
500L
500X
124

    1,131
    72
    640
    302
    2,145

 1120
 370
 1,161
 0
  2,651

  1%
   -81%
   -45%
    New
   -19%

    2,349
    178
    1240
    542
    4,309

        2101
       727
       2,202
           0
        5,030

    12%
    -76%
    -44%
    New
    -14%
Jan
500
500L
500X
124

    1,218
    106
    600
    240
    2,164

 981
 357
 1,041
 0
  2,379

  24%
   -70%
   -40%
    New
   -9%

    1,218
    106
    600
    240
    2,164

        981
       357
       1,041
           0
        2,379

    24%
    -70%
    -42%
    New
    -9%


*Carsalesbase.com
Sources: FCA US LLC.
Images: FCA and Author

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Updates

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Red Top Edition

Readers of Fiat 500 USA Blog will remember that in February we published details on the new 2018 Fiat 124 Spider. Today Fiat USA has officially announced the 2018 124 Spider. Details are the same as we published in our article, with the exciting addition of a new, limited production version called the Red Top Edition. The all new Red Top Edition is based on a Lusso model and comes with a red, cloth top and unique interior. Expect to see the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider towards the end of this year with the new Red Top Edition showing up at dealerships later in the model year.


New for 2018
As was reported in February, Fiat has reconfigured package content on the Lusso and Abarth models for added flexibility compared to 2017 models. Now owners can order individual option groups instead of the large combined packages of last year.

Fiat 124 Spider Red Top Edition Interior

Other changes for 2018:
  • All-new Red Top Edition available on the Fiat 124 Spider Lusso (late availability)
  • Three new exterior paint colors available: Puro Bianco Perla (Tri-Coat White Pearl), Grigio Chiaro (Silver Metallic) and Blu Scuro (Dark Blue Metallic)

2018 Fiat 124 Spider

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Pricing

Prices for the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider starts at $24,995 or the same as 2017. Lusso and Abarth models have each gone up $100 compared to last year.
  • Classica: $24,995
  • Lusso: $27,595
  • Abarth: $28,295

(not including $995 destination)


2018 Fiat 124 Spider Color Chart

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Exterior Colors

  • Rosso (Red Clear Coat) (PBM)
  • Bianco Gelato (Arctic White Clear Coat) (PWE)
  • Nero Cinema (Jet Black Metallic) (PXE)
  • Grigio Moda (Meteor Gray Metallic) (PA5)
  • Bronzo Magnetico (Bronze Metallic) (PDF)
  • Puro Bianco Perla (Tri-Coat White Pearl) (new for 2018) (PWW)
  • Grigio Chiaro (Silver Metallic) (new for 2018) (PSP)
  • Blu Scuro (Dark Blue Metallic) (new for 2018) (PHB)

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Interior Colors

  • Nero (black) (premium cloth, leather, Recaro Alcantara)
  • Saddle (leather)
  • Nero/Rosso (black/red) (leather)


Source: FCA US LLC

2018 Fiat 500L Model Year Changes


Back in May, we broke the news that the refreshed Fiat 500L MPV would indeed arrive in North America for 2018. Fiat USA has now released images and details of the new North American 500L. The new 500L features a redesigned exterior, revamped interior plus numerous comfort and convenience enhancements. Expect to see the new 500L in dealerships this Fall.

Read May's report:



Already a fantastic family car, the 500L packs the room of a full-size car within its subcompact dimensions. Some attributes of the Fiat 500L:
  • Best-in-class interior volume
  • Best-in-class front head and shoulder room
  • Best-in-class rear cargo space (with back seats up)
  • Full-size car interior room
  • Most standard torque in its class
  • More than 40 available safety and security features
  • Over 50 seating and storage configurations
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's 2014 Top Safety Pick
  • Leather Steering Wheel in all models
  • World's first use of Lexan side glass (D-Pillar) in a production vehicle
  • Autostick mode for transmission
  • European handling and driving dynamics




The Fiat 500L is a multi-purpose vehicle for those who want the versatility of a minivan but don't want to drive one.


2018 Fiat 500L Exterior Changes


Fiat has redesigned the front and rear fascias taking the Euro-chic 500L decidedly upmarket. The Fiat 500L has been the best selling car in its class since its introduction five years ago. The new design features more bright metal and revised trim.




  • New front and rear fascia design
  • Bodyside molding design
  • Daytime running light lens and rear side reflector design




Three new exterior paint colors are available on the 2018 500L: Blu Denim, Arancio Pastello (Pastel Orange) and Bronzo Metallizzato (Metallic Bronze)




2018 Fiat 500L Interior Changes


  • New steering wheel
  • Improved center console with relocated cup holders
  • New gear shifter and new parking brake handle
  • Revised HVAC control knob positioning


  • Thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display
  • Standard ParkView rear backup camera
  • LED interior ambient lighting


  • Uconnect 4 system* standard on all 2018 Fiat 500L models, and includes a 7-inch display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
  • Additional USB port






2018 Fiat 500L Trekking USA Version

2018 Fiat 500L Pricing

Pricing for the 2018 Fiat 500L starts at $20,995 or the same as 2017.  Pricing for 500L Trekking models go up $330 and Lusso models increase $200 over last year's pricing. Interestingly, 2018 500L Pop models are $795 less than the equivalent 2016 model.  Lusso models are a substantial $1885 less than they were in 2016.
  • Pop: $20,995
  • Trekking: $23,325
  • Lounge: $23,895

(not including $995 destination



2018 Fiat 500L Trekking USA Version


2018 Fiat 500L Exterior Colors
  • Grigio Chiaro (Light Gray Metallic)
  • Grigio Scuro (Dark Gray Metallic)
  • Verde Bosco Perla (Forest Green Pearl)
  • Rosso (red)
  • Bianco (white)
  • Nero (black)
  • Giallo (yellow)
  • Blu Denim (new for 2018)
  • Arancio Pastello (Pastel Orange) (new for 2018)
  • Bronzo Metallizato (Bronze Metallic) (new for 2018)



2018 Fiat 500L Interior Colors
  • Dark Slate Gray (cloth)
  • Gray (cloth)
  • Nero (black) (leather)
  • Grigio Carrera (gray) (leather)


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*Uconnect 4 system includes performance improvements with faster startup time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, plus higher resolution and sharper graphics

Source and images: FCA US LLC