Fiat ROCKS the 500

Gloucestershire Echo - - MOTORING NEWS -

TWO new ver­sions of the Fiat 500 are about to take centre stage – and they’re get­ting star billing as part of a stylish up­date for the sum­mer. Ap­pro­pri­ately named Star and Rock­star, the new top-of-the-range mod­els are avail­able in both hatch­back and cabri­o­let guise, while all 500 mod­els from Lounge trim up­wards now come with a a seven inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem - which has Ap­ple Carplay sup­port and is com­pat­i­ble with An­droid Au­totm – as stan­dard.

Priced from £15,395, the 500 Star fea­tures a new metal­lic pink paint fin­ish with chrome de­tails, 16-inch al­loy wheels and a fixed glass roof as stan­dard. Other colours are avail­able.

In­side, there’s new up­hol­stery ma­te­rial avail­able in two colour com­bi­na­tions, and the dash­board

can now be cho­sen in one of the two new shades - matt white or matt Bordeaux.

There’s a choice of a 1.2-litre 69hp petrol en­gine, with man­ual or au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, or Fiat’s 0.9-litre 85hp petrol Twin Air en­gine with six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

The new 500 Rock­star com­bines the bumpers and the side sills from the 500 Sport with de­tails such as a fixed glass roof, 16-inch al­loy wheels and satin fin­ish chrome body­work de­tails. Among a myr­iad of colour choices there’s an ex­clu­sive new matt green paint.

The in­te­rior comes with new up­hol­stery fea­tur­ing pin­stripe fab­ric cen­tres, edged by side pan­els with grey or blue de­tails and fin­ished in black eco leather.

Like the Star ver­sion, the Rock­star also of­fers two new dash­board colours - matt dark green and matt grey.

En­gine choices are the same as the Star ver­sion with prices start­ing from £15,565.

The re­vised 500 range is avail­able to or­der now priced from £12,165 for the 1.2 -litre 500 POP, and buy­ers who like fresh air mo­tor­ing can strike a bar­gain, for un­til June 30, con­vert­ible ver­sions across the 500 range are avail­able for the same price as the hatch­back equiv­a­lents – a sav­ing of around £2,500.

The Fiat 500 Rock­star range.

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