Geneva Motor Show 2014: Fiat 500 facelift premiered at Geneva

Published 05 March 2014

The subtly updated Fiat 500 has been premiered at the Geneva Motor Show. The model hasn’t been given the most comprehensive of overhauls, but there is a new digital dashboard on higher spec models, plus a more powerful version of the TwinAir engine 105PS. Sales start in late April.

The TFT instrument cluster is the most notable new feature – it contains the rev counter and speedometer as before, with a high resolution display and a much neater, clearer layout than the analogue instrument binnacle. Information about media and telephone is displayed and the screen will also show navigation information if a sat nav is specified.

Joining the engine range is a 105PS version of the two-cylinder TwinAir engine. Capacity remains the same at 0.9-litres, but peak power has been increased 20PS. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 10 seconds and top speed is 117mph yet CO2 emissions are 99g/km with official economy of 67mpg.

Finally, Fiat has added a new equipment grade – Cult. It sits at the top of the range and adds extra specification, including leather upholstery, chrome or gloss black exterior details and larger, 16-inch alloy wheels. Furthermore it gets the TFT instrument binnacle and is offered with the full range of engines.

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