America’s 2018 Fiat 500 Gains Updated Styling And Standard Turbo Engine

Fiat 500 sales have taken a nosedive in recent years and the company is hoping to reverse that trend by making a turbocharged engine standard on all models except the 500e.

Set to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second quarter, the 2018 Fiat 500 comes equipped with a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 135 hp (101 kW) and 150 lb-ft (203 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a five-speed manual transmission but a six-speed automatic is also available.

The turbocharged engine is a significant improvement over the previously standard four-cylinder which produced 101 hp (75 kW) and 97 lb-ft (132 Nm) of torque.

Besides the upgraded engine, the Pop and Lounge variants now come with body-color fascias, a ground effects package, and a rear spoiler. The models also have fog lights and “Turbo” badging on the liftgate. Other highlights include a sport-tuned suspension, a performance braking system, a rearview camera, and 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Moving up to the 500 Abarth rewards buyers with an upgraded 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that produces up to 160 hp (119 kW) and 183 lb-ft (247 Nm) of torque. The model also has a performance suspension, a dual exhaust system, and a three-mode electronic stability control system with a torque transfer control function that “maximizes throttle performance during on-throttle cornering.”

The 500L enters the 2018 model year with redesigned fascias, updated wheels, and a standard rearview camera. The cabin also sees some minor revisions including an improved center console, an additional USB port, and new LED ambient lighting. There’s also a TFT display in the instrument cluster and a 7-inch Uconnect 4 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

The 2018 Fiat 500X largely carries over as the only change is the addition of the previously mentioned Uconnect 4 infotainment system.

Lastly, the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider receives “more flexible package content” and an all-new Red Top Edition which is based on the mid-level Lusso.

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  • Dennis Scipio
    • Matt

      Agreed, not sure why America doesn’t get the European styling revisions which make it look less dated.

      • LWOAP

        I’m convinced some automakers may hold somewhat of a grudge against us.

        • Bo Hanan

          The Italians are still “smarting” because we kicked all but one of their brands out of the US back in the 80’s. Not convinced the quality issues are resolved yet.

    • europeon

      It really does look ugly compared to the EU version.

      • Liam Paul

        lol they both look the same to me

  • lagunas3ca

    Remember that Fiat commercial back in 2012 titled “Immigrants,” where The Richards Group takes the “Coming to America” trope and applies it to the Fiat 500? After traveling underwater across the Atlantic the cars finally pop up in New York City. I wish they all stayed underwater.

    • LWOAP

      I remember that ad.

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    put a fork in them Sergio , they’re all done here in the U.S.and Canada

  • Bo Hanan

    What facelift???

  • Six_Tymes

    sorry, i like the idea of this car, a lot. but it needs a new body, get rid of the Flat slanted back end.

    • Matt

      That’s like going up to VW and saying stop making the Beetle look like a bug… the slanted rear IS what makes a 500 look like a 500.

  • Six_Tymes

    great color, best front end iv seen. nice detail

  • Craig

    If only it was reliable.

  • Craig

    So the Fiat 500 is a reliable car. Is that what you’re saying?

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I’m convinced that he works for FCA, with how much he blindly defends them.

      • Craig

        Or his mother is Italian.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          Or his father is Sergio.

  • JBsC6

    The death march continues….I’m glad to see the motors move up to a minimum of 135 hp….sadly I’m not convinced fiat can survive in this country. I am a big proponent of Maserati, alfa and abarth sharing showrooms to create a ladder like effect for the Italian brands.

    An extended warranty would bolster Americans confidence even if it were just a low cost option for all models. That’s what saved Hyundai and created a successful brand in America..

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