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Revamped 2016 Fiat 500 Unveiled on the Fourth of July

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/6/2015 Erick Ayapana

While Americans celebrated their nation’s birth, Fiat held a celebration of its own. The automaker unveiled the new 2016 Fiat 500, which retains its signature style and diminutive size, but gains new technology.

With unchanged dimensions, the revised 2016 500 subcompact remains as an ideal, easy-to-park city car. Fiat did tweak the front fascia with available LED daytime running lamps and headlight units that are still round, but slightly more slanted. Out back, the ring-type taillights have centers that are color-matched to the body paint, and the reverse lights have migrated to the outer edges of the lower bumper. New paint colors and wheel designs have also been added.

2016 Fiat 500 Rear Three Quarter 03© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Fiat 500 Rear Three Quarter 03 The big news is the available integrated infotainment touchscreen inside the overhauled interior. This unit, placed neatly between the air vents, is a significant upgrade to the outgoing accessory navigation unit installed on top of the dashboard. The updated Uconnect system features Bluetooth connectivity, apps, and more. Other improvements include larger brakes, a new steering wheel design, and additional sound proofing panels that promise a more refined ride.

For now, the 2016 Fiat 500 will launch in Europe this fall with two engine choices. The first is a 0.9-liter, turbocharged two-cylinder engine that is tuned to make either 85hp or 105 hp. Also available is a 1.2-liter, 69-hp engine. News regarding the Abarth or electric variants hasn't been announced.

Powertrain and other details for the U.S.-spec version will come at a later date, likely when the Fiat 500 makes its global debut at the Frankfurt auto show this September.

Source: Fiat

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