Fiat's refreshed 500 model had been launched in the UK with around 1,800 changes over the outgoing model.
The 500 retains the same overall shape as its predecessor, with little significant bodywork changes, but benefits from new technology and accessories.
Headlight clusters now integrate the dipped-beam headlamps and indicators, while lower light cluster integrates the main beam headlights and LED daytime running lights.
New 'empty' light clusters, comprised of ring-shaped structures with body-coloured centres, define the revised look of the rear, with the fog light and reversing light relocated to the edges of the redesigned bumper trim to improve safety by separating illumination functions.
The dashboard design now integrates the Uconnect information and entertainment system across the range. The unit is claimed to be easier to read and more intuitive to use, it also improves connectivity and functionality with steering wheel remote controls and USB/aux-in ports on all models.
The Lounge version is equipped with the Uconnect five-inch Radio Live system which is a touchscreen unit complete with Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming; voice recognition and an SMS reader for reading text messages received on compatible phones. It is available as a £250 option on Pop and Pop Star models. DAB digital radio is also available with this unit for an additional £100.
Uconnect Live allows direct access via the touchscreen to TuneIn Internet radio, (100,000 stations); Deezer (over 35 million tracks for ’Deezer Premium’ users); Reuters; Facebook and Twitter. Uconnect Live can also be used to access eco:Drive, the award-winning driving style app which assists drivers to improve fuel consumption by up to 16% by providing driving tips in real time.
Diesel versions have been dropped for the revised model, with a normally aspirated 69bhp 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine, or a choice of 85bhp and 105bhp turbo-charged 0.9-litre two-cylinder TwinAir engines.
Prices start at £10,890 on the road.
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