We already know that Fiat’s manufacturing facilities in Mexico have the leftover capacity and technology to build not just the regular 500, but also the 500C and even the Abarth versions. After the market introduction of the three-door hatchback, it’s now finally time for US consumers to get acquainted with the drop-top version of the car.
The model, which will be shown at the upcoming New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), has arrived just in time for the warm weather. “The new Fiat 500 Cabrio introduces American customers to open-air driving excitement with beautiful Italian styling, timeless functionality, efficient design and innovative technology,”
By now, you’ve already noticed this isn’t actually a convertible. Instead, the car uses the famous canvas roof on the original Cinquecento. The dual-layer cloth top runs along the length of the diminutive hatchback and folds back to
where the rear window would be on the tin-top version. Retracting it is as easy as pushing a button and can be done at speeds of up to 60 mph up to the rear spoiler.
The soft-top can be ordered in three colors, while the body is available in 14 different coats. Interior color combinations benefit from 12 different seat finishes and material combinations plus a choice of two interior environments to allow customers to personalize “their own” Fiat 500c.
No information has been released about the pricing or engine specifications, but we expect to see the same 101 hp 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine.
autoevolution will be attending the 2011 New York International Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.