The new Fiat 500 range is coming with more than a few updates.
These include the two top-of-the-range new versions, Star and Rockstar, designed for the young and sophisticated customer.
Launched back in 1957 and relaunched in 2007, the evergreen Fiat 500 first “motorised” Europe and then completely revolutionised the city-car category, offering, for the very first time, a level of style and technological never seen before in this segment.
And today, 12 years on, the new 500 takes yet another step forward, showing off its intrinsic vocation as a trendsetter.
In 2018 it registered its best progressive total ever with almost 194,000 new vehicle registrations (Fiat and Abarth) and last March it confirmed its status as the best-selling vehicle in its category, and the second best-selling car for the whole quarter, coming runner-up only to the equally extraordinary Fiat Panda.
Personality, style and exclusivity: the three unique characteristics of a car that continues to hit the headlines and is even easier to choose today.
Indeed, starting from the 500 Pop – the “gate” that opens into the 500 world – the customer can immediately choose between two very different versions: one with a more elegant feel and the other with a sportier vibe.
The first version comes in the stylish Lounge trim, expressing its personality most effectively in the new Star version, whereas the sportier spirit comes through in the bold 500 Sport and in the new and even more dynamic Rockstar.
The range of standard equipment included with both new versions is plentiful and notably includes the Uconnect 7″ HD LIVE touchscreen radio – which has Apple CarPlay support and is compatible with Android AutoTM – making every trip a unique, engaging experience. Additionally, from today, this sophisticated infotainment system is also supplied as standard on the 500 Lounge and on the 500 Sport, which also introduces new upholsteries.
All the trims of the new 500 are available in the hatchback and cabriolet versions while, depending on the markets, customers can choose the 1.2 69 HP petrol version (with Dualogic automatic transmission or manual gears), the 85 HP Twin Air engine and the 1.2 GPL version with 69 HP (both with manual transmission).
Keen to build on the impressive success achieved by the Lounge version, the Fiat brand has decided to create an even richer, more elegant trim: the Fiat 500 Star.
One of the main new features of the new version is the brand new metallic White Stella finish, embellished with nuances of pink, a perfect match for the chromed details, 16-inch alloy wheels and Skydome glass roof, all offered as standard equipment, including fog lamps. The 500 Star is also available in the following liveries: Gelato White, Carrara Grey, Vesuvius Black, Pompei Grey, Opera Bordeaux, Colosseo Grey, Epic Blue, Ice White.
Whatever colour you choose, the new range confirms the importance of the colour combinations for the Fiat icon: indeed, colour is not just a question of look but a key part of a product philosophy that offers the maximum in terms of personalisation as one of its founding elements.
The exclusivity of the exteriors is also mirrored inside, with the brand new interiors of the Star version, the ultimate expression of style for the 500 range, which are available in two colour combinations, white sand and black, and in the elegant, new Matelassé finish with details in eco leather and a bordeaux embroidered 500 logo.
And from today, the dashboard fascia, which until now was supplied in the same colour as the bodywork, can now be chosen in one of the two new shades; White Sand with a pearly finish or matt Bordeaux. In the centre of the dashboard, the digital instruments present stand out, including a 7-inch TFT screen, the largest in the category.
New 500 Rockstar, true grit and innovation for a car that stands out in the metropolis
Dedicated to customers who want a vehicle with a bold personality, without forgoing an elegant look, the new 500 Rockstar version stands out from the pack with a style that combines the rugged aesthetic features of the Sport, visible in the front and rear bumpers and the side sills, with style details such as the fixed glass roof, 16-inch alloy wheels and the details on the bodywork in satin finish chrome.
In addition, to enhance the sophisticated, dynamic soul of the new Rockstar version, a new colour for the exterior with a matt finish has been introduced: Green Portofino.
The new Rockstar is naturally available in other liveries too: Gelato White, Carrara Grey, Passione Red, Vesuvius Black, Pompei Grey, Opera Bordeaux, Colosseo Grey, Italia Blue, Ice White.
The interiors also mirror the elegant sporty feel of the exteriors and, as in the Star version, here too they are brand new. The central fascia of the seats makes a particularly striking impression, inspired by the pinstripe fabrics of the finest suits. All edged by the side panels, with grey or blue details and by the top part of the seat in black eco leather.
Like the Star version, the new 500 Rockstar also offers the dashboard in two new colours: the brand new matt dark green shade and satin finish graphite. In the case of the dark green control panel, the details of the interiors are grey, whereas with the satin graphite version the interiors are blue.
The passenger compartment is completed by the elegant chrome rocker panel and a 7-inch TFT monitor that provides all the information needed by the driver, including the data provided by the speedometer, tachometer and trip computer, which can all be read instantly and simultaneously. The monitor also displays the information provided by the UconnectTM system.