Fiat haven’t forgotten about modernising the interior, either. Gone is the dated dashboard – now replaced with a minimal look that’s dominated by a 10.25in touchscreen. Within that, you’ll find all the usual technologies such as sat-nav, reversing camera, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay.
Inside, the 500 is completely new, with clear references to the first generation. Centro Stile has furnished the interior by distributing the bulk efficiently to achieve simplicity, trim aesthetics and provide visual clarity. This is exemplified by the wide dashboard and the modular storage solutions between the two front seats where the gear lever was originally located. There is more leg and shoulder space for occupants, while the flat floor houses the lithium batteries without compromising the luggage compartment capacity, which remains unchanged. The result is a well thought out and cleaner interior, with fewer buttons and crisp, harmonious lines. As per Fiat 500 hybrid, some trim levels will also receive seats made using “Seaqual” yarn with plastic recovered from the sea, while others make considerable use of eco-leather.
Fiat has been careful not to ruin the 500’s cute retro looks. Just like the previous generation, a careful blend between retro style and cutting-edge technology has been achieved in a package that will no doubt fly off the production line.
Sales are expected to begin soon after a summer launch event, however you will be limited to the highly spec’d convertible ‘La Prima’ special edition model of which only 500 will be built with a starting price north of £29,000. You do get an easyWallbox home charger thrown in as a sweetener.
More affordable and modest models in the line up are expected to appear towards the end of 2020 and start of 2021.