2016 Fiat 500 Facelift Confirmed to Debut on July 4th

Born in Turin on the July 4th, 1957, the original 500 lives on through the outgoing Fiat Cinquecento. It was known that a facelift was bound to arrive this year and the Fiat peeps finally gave the announcement: July 4th, 2015 is the date of unveiling for the Fiat 500 facelift. Excited stuff, right?
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The Italian automaker promises: “the new 500 will be unveiled on July 4 during an unforgettable event,” which makes us even more anxious to find out what’s cooking. But the excitement should be served with responsibility, as the 2016 Fiat 500 facelift won’t change the car as dramatically as some expect to do.

Based on our spy photographs of the city dweller and a leaked corporate information attached below, the mid-cycle update for the Fiat 500 will be heavily inspired by the 500X crossover. With production slated to start as soon as August 20th, the 1.2-liter engine and 0.9-liter TwinAir two-banger will be the first powertrain options to be shipped to dealership lots.

Boasting redesigned front and rear bumpers, the 2016 Fiat 500 facelift integrates 500X-like headlights with a dash of LED daytime running lights for good measure. The taillights will also employ LED tech. Inside, the dashboard is set to receive a lil’ redesign and a 5-inch touchscreen media system.

A revised glovebox, redesigned buttons for the power windows, chrome inserts on the steering wheel and all-new leather-and-cloth seating combos are the highlights of the 500’s interior overhaul.

An excerpt from the leaked intel hints that the city car will employ new front brakes (“nouveaux freins avant"). It’s an interesting add-on, alright, but why would engineers feel the need to change the current 500’s Brembo brakes for something different? Automatic braking technology may be a possibility.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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