While the FIAT brand has struggled in the United States and Canada, the Italian brand has been busy launching updated and all-new products in Europe and Latin America. Recently, the automaker announced that it discontinue most of its lineup from the American and Canadian marketplaces, with the exception of the compact 500X crossover. But it isn’t stopping the FIAT brand from updating its 500 Series lineup in the European market.
The 500 Series consists of the 500, 500X, and 500L, three very different products in function, form, and character, but share the same iconic 500 DNA. With more than 3 million units sold between the three products since 2007, FIAT has achieved success with their special edition models such as the “Mirror” series in 2018 and the 120th Anniversary series in 2019. These special edition models have helped to inspire the refresh of the 2021 500 Series lineup.
For 2021, five trim-levels are available across the trio models with each trim-level with its own specific aesthetic features and content-packed equipment. The 2021 lineup consists of the following…
- Cult – A tribute to the 500 pop type world, for those seeking style and an icon without hurting their wallet.
- Connect – The trim for those looking for easy connectivity to stay always connect and showing off their stylish side.
- Dolcevita – Exclusive to the 500 city car, the Dolcevita trim-level focuses on fans of the “glamorous” lifestyle and is inspired by the 1950s.
- Cross – A trim that is known for its ruggedness and is aimed at those who want to escape from the urban jungle and routine, to enjoy the out-of-town adventurers with their family. According to FIAT, these customers care about their lifestyle and look for content with a strong personality.
- Sport – This trim is targeted at younger buyers looking for a sporty driving experience and offers a more street aggressive look to the 500 Series.
The entry-level Cult trim focuses on the stylish personality that made the original 500 a cult icon. With a color palette focused on “boldness”, FIAT is broadening its 2021 color offerings to introduce an exclusive “Sicilian Orange” livery paired with new fabrics for its blue seats, embossed with the FIAT logo on the middle of the seat. A “Techno Blue” dashboard highlights the interior of the Cult trim.
The Connect trim is directed at customers who want to stay connected to the outside world at all times. To help, a 7-inch Uconnect infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay™, and Android Auto™ come standard. There are also new “flashy” seats on all 500 Series Connect models, as well as a new dashboard finish in Matte Silver.
500 Connect models come standard with cruise control, a sport steering wheel with built-in control, 15-inch aluminum wheels, and fog lamps. The 500 Connect is available in a new Perbene Grey/Vesuvius Black two-tone livery.
The 500X Connect adds black seats, a techno-leather steering wheel, a set of 16-inch aluminum wheels, tinted privacy glass, fog lights, LED daytime running lights, parking sensors, and dusk and rain sensors.
The 500L Connect adds a set of 16-inch black wheel caps and body-colored wing mirrors to its feature list.
The 500 Dolcevita city car pays homage to the late-1950s era and early-1960s era, during the time period that the original 500 was launched (1957). The exterior is aimed at fans of design adding fine aesthetic details, while the interior is packed with technology. Outside, the Dolcevita adds chrome-plated details, a glass sunroof, and 15-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, there is a new body-color dashboard surrounds and the added content from the Connect. The livery can be two-tone, Gelato White and Lunar Grey, embellished with the Dolcevita badge.
The Cross trim adds a more rugged personality to the 500L and 500X for those looking to experience the out-of-town adventures of the outdoors.
The 500X Cross debuts with new seats with a camouflage-patterned center panel, vinyl inserts, 19-inch aluminum wheels, a roof rack, and automatic air conditioning as standard equipment.
The updated 500L Cross adds 16-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, rear parking sensors, dusk and rain sensors, and automatic air conditioning as standard equipment. The 500L Cross is also available are camouflage-motif interiors or black leather seats.
The top of the line of the 500 Series is the Sport trim. Each model is marked out by its own unique and unmistakable look designed to stand out from the rest of the crowd.
The 500 Sport features 16-inch aluminum wheels, heated seats, automatic air conditioning, a new Titanium-colored dashboard, a 7-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) screen, and fog lights. An available Matte Grey livery is also available to help enhance the sporty style of the 500 Sport.
The 500L Sport adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, autonomous city brake, electrochromic rearview mirror, Black Technoprene interior, tinted privacy glass, and ambient lighting.
The 500X Sport, which has been a popular model for the 500X, comes with 18-inch Burnished Black aluminum wheels (19-inch wheels are available) and a special Matte Modea Grey livery is also added to the lineup for 2021.
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