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Thursday, February 8, 2018

2018 Fiat 500 Revealed!

2018 Fiat 500 USA

Fiat has announced the new 2018 Fiat 500 lineup, and the big news is all models will feature a turbocharged engine. We reported last month that standard engine in the 2018 500 Pop and Lounge was rumored to be the 135hp MultiAir Turbo and today it is confirmed.

Forum post from September 2017:

2018 Fiat 500 Cabrio USA

There are three models available in 2018: the Pop, Lounge and the 500 Abarth (the Abarth will be discussed later in this article). Pop and Lounge models now have the 135 hp MultiAir Turbo engine, previously used in the 2013-2016 500 Turbo model. This turbocharged engine replaces the standard normally aspirated 101 hp MultiAir engine used since the 500's introduction in the US in 2011.

2018 Fiat 500 Cabrio

The change comes as the result of listening to potential buyers wishing for more power in Pop and Lounge models. Owning a Fiat 500 is all about fun and having an additional 34 horsepower compared to last year should bring even more enjoyment. The 2018 Fiat 500 now has more standard horsepower than any of its competitors.

Additionally, the 500 features a selectable "Sport" mode via a button on the instrument panel that delivers a more aggressive driving experience. In Sport mode, the automatic transmission uses a more aggressive shift schedule and throttle map for sharper engine responsiveness. Steering feel is also firmed up for added control.

2018 Fiat 500 Cabrio Rear

To handle the 33 percent increase in power, Pop and Lounge models also get upgraded with larger brakes, heavy-duty transmission, and a sports suspension. It should be noted that the new engine in the Pop and Lounge is the same one used in the 160hp 500 Abarth, but detuned to provide a more relaxed and quiet drive. Unlike the unmuffled, hardcore performance 500 Abarth these models do have a muffler!

2018 Fiat 500

Other changes for 2018 bring the 500 Pop upmarket. Like the drivetrain, exterior upgrades are also sourced from the 500T, with the front and rear fascias, side skirts, rear diffuser and exhaust treatments being identical to the former model. A sport spoiler, fog lamps and Turbo badge on the liftgate are also included. The luxurious Lounge models get all the same exterior upgrades as the Pop.

2018 Fiat 500 Turbo Badge

Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are now standard on Pop and Lounge models, replacing the fifteen-inch alloys from last year. Each model has their own unique wheel.

2018 Fiat 500 ParkView

Inside, a ParkView rear backup camera is now standard on all models and has been added to the Uconnect 5.0 with the 5-inch touchscreen.

2018 Fiat 500 Cabrio Interior

The 2018 model year also features three new colors with late availability – Brillante Red, Mezzanotte Blue Pearl and Vesuvio Black Pearl. All in all, there are a total of 11 exterior paint color choices. Curiously, this appears to be down from the 15 colors available last year.

2018 Available Exterior Colors:
• Brillante Red (new for 2018; late availability)
• Luminosa Orange
• Oliva Green Pearl
• Metallo Gray
• Laser Blue Metallic
• Mezzanotte Blue Pearl (new for 2018; late availability)
• Granito Gray
• Pompei Silver
• Vesuvio Black Pearl (new for 2018; late availability)
• Perla White Tri-coat
• Bianco White Ice

2017 Available Exterior Colors
• Billet Argento (Billet Silver) Metallic Clear Coat
• Laser Blu Azzurro (Laser Blue) Pearl Coat
• Bianco (White) Clear Coat
• Giallo Moderna Perla (Modern Yellow Pearl) Tri-coat
• Grigio Cenre (Light Gray) Clear Coatx
• Celeste Blue (Light Blue) Clear Coatx
• Granito Lucente (Granite Crystal) Metallic Clear Coat
• Spitfire Orange Clear Coat
• Latte Menta (Light Green) Clear Coat
• Rhino (Dark Gray) Clear Coat
• Nero Puro (Black Gloss) Clear Coat
• Rosso (Red) Clear Coat
• Verde Chiaro (Green) Clear Coat
• Verde Oliva (Olive Green) Pearl Coat
• Bianco Perla (Pearl White) Tri-coat

2018 Fiat 500e Electric Vehicle

2018 Fiat 500e
The Fiat 500e electric vehicle returns for 2018 and is available in California and Oregon.

2018 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio

2018 Fiat 500 Abarth
The 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth soldiers on unchanged from 2017 other than the addition of a standard ParkView rear backup camera. Continued on from last year is the free enrollment to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving for new owners of a 500 Abarth.

Dealers will begin taking orders for 2018 Fiat 500 models starting this month, with cars anticipated arriving in the second quarter of the year. Pricing is yet to be announced but should follow shortly.

Combine the dramatically upgraded power with the 500's Italian style and charisma, and the 2018 model year 500 may be the best yet.

Below you can read the full 2018 Fiat 500 USA press release after the  line break:

FIAT Brand Introduces All-turbo 500 Lineup for 2018

• All 2018 Fiat 500 models now come standard with 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine and 33 percent more horsepower than last year’s model
• 2018 Fiat 500 Pop and Lounge offer standard performance braking system and suspension, ParkView rear backup camera, sport spoiler and additional exterior upgrades
• High-performance, track-ready 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth models deliver up to 160 horsepower and 183 lb.-ft. of torque
• Customers who purchase or lease a Fiat 500 Abarth also receive – for no additional charge – a one-day high-performance driving session at the legendary Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
• Dealers can order 2018 Fiat 500 vehicles this month, with cars arriving at FIAT studios in the second quarter
• 2018 FIAT product lineup also includes the fully electric 500e, functional 500L, all-wheel-drive small crossover 500X and the 124 Spider roadster

February 8, 2018 – The Fiat 500 lineup goes all-turbo for 2018, with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine and a sportier appearance now standard on all models.

“With an all-turbo lineup, the iconic Fiat 500 now offers an even more dynamic driving experience and more standard horsepower than any of its competitors,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. “In fact, the entire FIAT brand lineup now comes standard with turbocharged power, adding to our roster of fun-to-drive, Italian-designed vehicles.”

The 2018 Fiat 500 lineup is available in three models: Pop, Lounge and the high-performance Abarth. Pop and Lounge models now come standard with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, which features a single turbocharger, twin intercoolers and a sport-tuned exhaust, and delivers 135 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque – 34 more standard horsepower than last year’s model. The MultiAir Turbo engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, and is available with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Pop and Lounge models are also updated with standard 16-inch aluminum wheels, performance braking system, sport suspension and ParkView rear backup camera. Exterior updates include body color front and rear fascias, side-sill ground effects, a sport spoiler, fog lamps and “Turbo” badging on the liftgate.

On the Fiat 500 Abarth models, the track-tested 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine delivers up to 160 horsepower and 183 lb.-ft. of torque; while Abarth-tuned hardware offers a world-class ride and track-ready durability.

Other unique Abarth features include a performance suspension; three-mode electronic stability control with an innovative torque transfer control (TTC) system that maximizes throttle performance during on-throttle cornering; 16-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels; and Pirelli tires with red brake calipers. An Abarth-designed concentric “double-tip” dual-exhaust system delivers a high-performance look with menacing Abarth-tuned sound.

Inside, distinctive Abarth-styled front performance seats feature a one-piece design with large side bolsters, a racing-harness pass through, accent stitching around the perimeter and integrated side-thorax air bags. Below the instrument panel, Abarth-designed aluminum pedal covers feature Nero (black) rubber trim for a decidedly racing look.

Should the driver choose to switch to Sport mode in a Fiat 500 Abarth, the turbo-boost gauge mounted left of the instrument cluster illuminates “Sport,” and an up-shift light integrated in the cluster alerts the driver when engine speed is approaching the redline – giving the immediate feedback needed on the track or during high-performance driving.

Customers who purchase or lease a Fiat 500 Abarth also receive – for no additional charge – a one-day high-performance driving session at the legendary Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.

The 500 lineup also features three new colors for 2018 (late availability) – Brillante Red, Mezzanotte Blue Pearl and Vesuvio Black Pearl – for a total of 11 exterior paint color choices. Any 2018 Fiat 500 model is also available as a Cabrio, delivering open-air freedom across the 500 lineup. 2018 Fiat 500 vehicles are available to order this month, with cars arriving at FIAT studios in the second quarter of this year.

The entire FIAT brand roster – each gasoline-powered model now featuring a standard turbocharged engine – continues to offer a dynamic driving experience and iconic Italian design for 2018:

2018 Fiat 500e
The 2018 Fiat 500e electrifies the Cinquecento lineup with innovation and style, an EPA-tested 84 miles of driving range and 112 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) combined rating of pure battery-electric power (121 MPGe city).¬ Offering iconic style, engaging dynamics and an environmentally responsible zero-emissions design, the Fiat 500e is designed to keep electric vehicle ownership simple with its familiar no-nonsense design, convenience features, unique “blended braking” and intelligently integrated approach to battery-electric technology. The 500e is available in California and Oregon.

2018 Fiat 500L
Building on the style, efficiency and driving enjoyment that has made the Fiat 500 an icon, the Fiat 500L expands the Cinquecento’s appeal by offering 42 percent extra interior space with comfortable seating for five, engaging driving dynamics and a standard 160-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, all wrapped in contemporary Italian design. The Fiat 500L offers best-in-class cargo capacity with more than 50 seating and storage configurations.

The 2018 Fiat 500L features a redesigned exterior with new front and rear fascia design, bodyside molding design, wheel designs, daytime running light lens and rear side reflector design, while a standard ParkView rear backup camera delivers additional driver convenience. The 2018 500L’s revamped interior also adds to convenience and ease of use, with a thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display, an improved center console, additional USB port, LED interior ambient lighting and other interior upgrades. The Uconnect 4 system is standard on all 2018 Fiat 500L models, and includes a 7-inch display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

2018 Fiat 500X
The 2018 Fiat 500X delivers the Italian design and engaging driving dynamics that are synonymous with the FIAT brand. The 500X offers an advanced all-wheel-drive system, functionality, and a full array of safety, comfort and convenience features. The small crossover features two engine options including the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine standard on Pop models when paired with the six-speed manual transmission, and the 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir2 engine standard on Trekking and Lounge models, an available nine-speed transmission, and an all-wheel drive system with a disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency.

New for 2018, the Fiat 500X now features the Uconnect 4 system standard on all models, which includes a 7-inch display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

2018 Fiat 124 Spider
The newest member of the FIAT product lineup, the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider 50 years after its introduction, the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design. With the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine as standard, the 124 Spider has the most powerful 4-cylinder in its class.

The Fiat 124 Spider is available in three trim levels: Classica, Lusso and, for performance enthusiasts, Abarth. For 2018, the Fiat 124 Spider offers more flexible package content, allowing customers to select the exact options they desire. The all-new Red Top Edition is now available on Lusso models, and will be arriving in dealerships soon.

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