The long awaited Fiat 500C is a real throwback car, similar in style to the original 500 convertible released in 1957.
Fiat has released photos of the new Fiat 500C, a ragtop model of the Fiat 500 reboot. Before showing it to the public in person, the company is giving out info and pics to people who registered in advance on the car's official website.
As we noted last week, the new cabriolet looked back to the 500's history, drawing inspiration from the 1957 model-year convertible. And unlike rival MINI, which ballooned in size when it was rebooted, the 500C has the same dimensions as its classic car counterpart. At 3.55 meters x 1.65 m x 1.49 m, the tiny 500C is angling to be the perfect weekend-adventure city car.
No new engines have been introduced for the cabrio. Current choices include a 1.2-liter petrol that gives off 69 horsepower, a 75 hp 1.3-liter turbodiesel, and a 1.3-liter 100 hp petrol engine. It is unclear if Abarth will get to toy around with the cabrio, to give it a sportier look and more powerful engine. The Abarth 500 utilizes a 135 hp turbocharged petrol, that produces up to 206 Nm of torque.
Fiat is touting the car's green cred as well. Their StartStop system comes standard on the cabrio, allowing for a temporary engine shutdown during full stops. The system shuts off the engine when the driver shifts into neutral, and releases the clutch after coming to a complete stop. The engine is reignited when the driver selects a gear.
The company claims the car will have a relatively untouched luggage space, even with the top down. They say they are using a "clever parallelogram hinge device" to fold the ragtop over the luggage compartment, keeping your gear untouched. You'll also notice the center brake light mounted to the roof, which should be more visible than a center light integrated in to the body.
Purchasers of the convertible will be able to choose between ivory, red, or black for the top, with several other body color choices. Two of these, Pearl Red and Warm Grey, were created especially for the cabrio. The new Fiat 500C will be introduced to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March.