With summer only a few weeks away, Fiat found the right moment to reveal the new Fiat 500 Cabrio, in New York. The new small convertible boasts the Italian specific charm, the 1.4-liter MultiAir fuel efficient engine and a large range of customization options.
“Perfectly timed with the warm weather and excitement of spring, the new 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio expands our product lineup while paying homage to the brand’s rich heritage of open-air cabrios that deliver style, value and driving enjoyment,” said Laura Soave, Head of FIAT Brand North America. “The new Fiat 500c has been intelligently tailored for our market – now with an added dose of sunshine and panoramic views at the push of a button.”
The highlight of this car is, of course, its open-top design, inspired from the legendary Cinquecento. Fiat decided to use a premium dual-layer power-operated cloth top, which can be lowered and raised at speeds up to 60 mph. Usually, one of the major problems of soft top cars was luggage space and accessibility, but Fiat managed this very well, by making the soft top to automatically retract in a position that allows easy access.
But that’s not all the Fiat 500 Cabrio has to offer, because the small convertible also comes with great interior features such as the BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication system with an USB port, BOSE Energy Efficient Series sound system, TomTom navigation and 12 combinations of colors and material options for the upholestry and the instruments.
Under the bonnet, the Fiat 500 Cabrio will be offered with the all-new 16 valve 1.4-liter petrol engine with delivers 101 hp (75 kW) at 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 98 lb-ft (133 Nm) at 4,000 rpm. The engine is also fitted with Fiat’s MultiAir and FVVA (Fully Variable Valve Actuation) fuel saving technologies, Fiat announced the car will get an estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. As for gearboxes, Fiat will offer a new version of their five-speed manual transmission with a self-adjusting hydraulic clutch, created for the American market and an all-new six-speed automatic transmission.
But these are not the only environmental friendly features of the new cabrio, which will also come with Fiat’s eco:Drive Application, which allows the driver to download and view his driving parameters, including CO2 emissions for each drive, and also get recommendations on how to improve his driving to be more eco-friendly.
The new Fiat 500 Cabrio is scheduled to make its showroom debut this month, with pricing starting at $19,500 for the entry-level Pop version.