2015 Fiat 500 – It remained the same, but with a few very important upgrades
Fiat introduced the 500 Cinquecento in the US in 2012. Europe got the same car four years earlier, but we got much better equipped, more powerful and thankfully cheaper cars. Despite its flop marketing campaign with J. Lo, the Fiat 500 slowly gained market share and it became one of the cutest and most interesting cars on the market. However, its small cheeky body, small engines and rather uninspiring performance (except the top Turbo and Abarth models) left much to be desired. The 2015 Fiat 500 improved the key aspects of the vehicle and Fiat finally introduced it with the six speed automatic transmission.
Revealing the car during the New York Auto Show this year, Fiat showed us a host of new features and novelties on the 2015 Fiat 500. First of all, the new model year brings us a larger color palette, now with colors named Giallo Moderna Perla, Laser Blue and Billet Argento. In plain English, this means yellow, blue and silver. Despite getting new colors, the Fiat 500 remained unchanged from the years before. Its cute characteristic shape still remains one of the biggest advantages in comparison with any other small car on the market. With bigger wheels, bigger air intakes and blackened lights, the Fiat 500 becomes a rather unique vehicle that can provide tons of fun for the price unmatched by any similar vehicle. The 2015 Fiat 500 additionally highlights the fun factor by integrating a wonderful 7 inch HD instrument display behind the wheel. This display found its way to every model except the one with the cheapest trim level. However, the buyers can opt for the new instrument cluster. This gave the 500 much a needed update and brought the cabin to new age. We are not saying that the 500 was not interesting enough before, but now it walks much better walk over the thin line between retro style and modern technology. Quite frankly, we like it. It remained unique but with the new tech under the metal (new transmission) and new updated cabin (new upholstery and new instrument clusters), it widened its appeal to America’s lazy buyers. The automatic transmission is available as standard for the Abarth model, but it can be ordered for the Turbo also. Of course, a five speed manual remained the option for those who like the true European Hatchback feel, but we suspect there will be few of those here in the States.
Besides the Transmission update, the 2015 version received a slightly redesigned dashboard with much better positioned cup holder. This way, the use of space inside became even more efficient. Unfortunately, the small rear seat space remained unchanged. We will have to wait for a whole new generation to get bigger rear seat space, but we do not expect any miracles.
Finally, Bluetooth audio streaming as well as a USB reader became available and that basically concludes novelties for the 2015 Fiat 500.
Remaining cute and irresistible as ever, the 2015 Fiat 500 finally became a vehicle for the new “connected” generation. It received a host of technological upgrades, but the most impressive change is the introduction of the Aisin six speed transmissions which finally widens Fiat’s buyer’s base in the US. Small four-cylinder naturally aspirated engines remained in offer for the lower grade models, while the 1.4-liter turbocharged unit is found under the bonnet of the Turbo and the Abarth versions.