Don’t confuse ‘revised’ for ‘brand new’, because the Fiat 500 remains the same car beneath the skin as the one introduced back in 2007.
Nevertheless, despite being quite old, Fiat and FCA are trying to make it somewhat competitive by constantly updating the mini and launching new special and limited edition models.
The latest revision, though, doesn’t see the introduction of a new trim, but rather a price increase of $1,500 for the 500 Pop, CarsDirect reveals. This means that it has an MSRP of $17,490, which includes the $250 higher destination fee, for the 5-speed manual, and $995 more for the six-speed automatic.
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Pricing for the Fiat 500 Lounge is said to start at $20,990, or $1,500 more than last year, but both the Pop and Lounge benefit from a more powerful turbocharged engine, whose output has gone up to 135hp, from 101hp. Also, they include standard twin intercoolers, sports exhaust system, sportier suspension, larger wheels, rear spoiler and reversing camera, among others.
The 2018 Fiat 500c will be $750 more expensive, whereas the 500 Abarth pocket rocket, with its 160hp and 183lb-ft (247Nm) of torque from a turbo’d 1.4-liter engine, will start at $21,740. By comparison, the 2017MY has an MSRP of $19,995, and besides the upgraded engine, the 500 Abarth sports a three-mode ESC, performance suspension and dual exhaust system.