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New Fiat 500L Arrives In The UK, Priced From £16,195 2
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Fiat, Fiat 500L, Galleries, new cars, prices, UK on 12 2nd, 2017


The updated Fiat 500L hits the UK market, bringing a refreshed range and more new features than meets the eye.

Fiat claims that the new 500L packs 40% new components and is introducing three separate models in the range: Urban, Cross and Wagon.

The Cross is playing the role of the pseudo-crossover, sporting specific bumpers and a skid plate, a raised ground clearance by 25mm and the new Mode Selector, which comes with Normal, Traction+ and Gravity Control modes.

Overall, the visual differences from the previous model include new LED daytime running lights, redesigned bumpers and new chrome strips all around. Fiat offers three different ways of configuring the roof in the 500L as well: body-colored, gloss black or white and matt black, while no less than 36 color combos are available.

The Wagon version of the new Fiat 500L is the longer model, offering an optional third row for carrying seven passengers and thus making it the most compact seven-seater in the market.

The engine range in the UK starts with a 95hp 1.4-liter four-cylinder petrol, followed by a turbocharged 120hp 1.4-liter unit. If you prefer a diesel, the 500L is also available with a 95hp 1.3-litre and a 120hp 1.6-liter oil burner.

Pricing for the new Fiat 500L in the UK kick off at £16,195 for the entry-level 95hp petrol version.

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Would The New Fiat Cronos Make It In North America As A Dodge? 30
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Renderings on 11 30th, 2017


FCA rolled out a new small sedan in South America a few days ago called the Fiat Cronos. And we apparently weren’t the only ones who wondered whether it would make a suitable entry into the North American market.

Budding automotive designer Kleber Silva put out these renderings of what the Cronos might look like as a Dodge, with a crosshair grille and sporty R/T trim, no less.

So what do we think, is it worth the effort? The short of it is: probably not.

The Cronos, you see, is about the size of a Fiesta, which Ford is keeping in its latest iteration from the US market. There’s just not enough demand for a sedan or hatchback that small in America, it seems. The Mazda2 isn’t available in the US anymore either, nor is the Volkswagen Polo. So it’d be up against the likes of the Chevy Sonic, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris.

Hardly an empty segment, then. But for its part, FCA has realized the lack of profitability in the small-sedan market, and accordingly discontinued production of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200. So the chances of it bringing an even smaller one to US showrooms seems slim to none, to say the least.

That wouldn’t stop it from rebranding it as a Dodge for, say, the Mexican market, for example, where the Turkish-made Fiat Tipo is sold as a Dodge Neon. (Yep, Dodge Neon.) But don’t expect to see it cross out of Latin America and into the United States. (While our imaginations are engaged, though, Silva performed similar transformations into Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati forms as well, and we’ve included them all in the gallery below.)

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Fiat Reveals All-New Cronos Sedan In South America 28
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Argentina, Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Fiat Linea, South America on 11 28th, 2017


Fiat is an Italian brand first and foremost, but it’s a major player (and manufacturer) in the Latin American market, where it’s just revealed the new Cronos sedan.

Built on a new modular platform, the Cronos replaces the old Punto-based Linea sedan with a completely fresh form.

Though clearly coming from the same automaker that builds the Tipo in Turkey, the Cronos is sized smaller to enter one of South America’s biggest market segments. The manufacturer estimates that niche accounts for some 300,000 vehicles in Brazil and another 100,000 in neighboring Argentina, a bigger slice of which Fiat is clearly eager to take.

Power comes from a choice of 1.3 or 1.8-liter engines (of otherwise unspecified specifications), and emphasis is said to have been placed on the vehicle’s handling. Brazilian and Argentinian customers can expect to start seeing them on the road in the first quarter of the new year ahead, by which time we’ll presumably have a clearer picture of the model’s specs.

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Custom-Made Fiat 126p Now On Its Way To Tom Hanks 26
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Carlex, celebrities, Classics, Fiat, Poland, tuning on 11 26th, 2017


While this bespoke Fiat 126p has been in the works for some time, it has just recently started its journey to the States, where it will meet up with none other than Hollywood star Tom Hanks.

One could say Hanks made this happen inadvertently while tweeting multiple pictures of himself next to Polski Fiats earlier this year. Afterwards, tuner Carlex Design got involved and helped create this one-off 126p.

The Polish tuner managed to maintain the little Fiat’s original appearance, while improving the cabin quality and adding buttons and switches that resemble those found on old typewriters.

According to Carlex, the car was already on its way to Warsaw earlier this week, from where it was going to be shipped directly to Hanks. For all we know, this 126p is now either still in transit or it may have already been delivered to him.

One thing’s for certain: driving this car in California will score you major quirkiness points, regardless of how many bespoke or otherwise special cars are already there.

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Giannini 350 GP4 Is A Fiat 500 On Steroids 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Alfa Romeo 4C, Fiat, Fiat 500, Reports, tuning on 11 16th, 2017


Range-topping Fiat 500 Abarth models are pretty cool but compared to this, they seem tame.

Officially dubbed the Giannini 350 GP4, the car you’re looking at is based on a Fiat 500 but has been radically overhauled into a performance beast.

For starters, a new engine sits at the front of the hatchback, delivering 350 hp. No confirmation has been given about what engine this is but we believe it’s the same Alfa Romeo 4C turbocharged four-cylinder unit found in the previously-revealed Giannini 350 GP.

As its name indicates, the 350 GP4 is distinguished from the ordinary ‘GP’ thanks to its adoption of an all-wheel drive system. When paired with a set of wide wheels and tires, the hot hatch should launch off the line at breakneck speeds.

Visually, the car is also radically different to a usual Fiat 500. Both the front and rear fascias have been customized, the wheel arches have been flared and numerous carbon fiber aerodynamic elements affixed to the exterior body panels.

No pricing details have been announced but interested parties should be prepared to part ways with over $175,000, the price of the rear-wheel drive 350 GP.

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Fiat Linea Sedan Has A Successor In South America, And It’s Called The Cronos 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Fiat Videos, new cars, South America, video on 11 15th, 2017


Fiat has released a teaser video with the new Cronos, a compact sedan that serves as a replacement for the Linea.

To be offered exclusively in certain South American markets, the Cronos is basically a four-door version of the recently-unveiled Argo, so we know what to expect in terms of design, cabin, and engine lineup, bar the boot that will obviously increase in volume.

The FCA-owned brand didn’t have much to say about their upcoming product, except that it will hit production in the coming months, and sales will kick off in the first quarter of next year.

Named after the youngest of the Titans in Greek mythology, the new Fiat Cronos is expected to be offered with the entire engine family of its hatch sibling, which ranges from 77 to 139 horsepower. When powered by the latter choice, the five-door Argo needs 9sec to accelerate from 0 to 62mph (100km/h), and maxes out at 119mph (192km/h).

Depending on the specified flavor, the units can be married to three transmission options, five-speed manual and automatic, and six-speed automatic.

Fiat is expected to pull the covers off the new Cronos in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for an official image gallery and further details.

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Heads Or Tails? Fiat 500 Gets Its Face Stamped On A Silver Coin 27
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fiat, Fiat 500, Offbeat News, Reports on 10 27th, 2017


Since it has no successor to its 500 yet, Fiat continues to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the original model by releasing a silver coin made by the Italian State Mint.
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Unique Project Sees Vilner Boost Abarth 595’s Sporty Character 19
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Abarth, Fiat, Fiat 500, tuning on 10 19th, 2017


After getting their hands on an Abarth 595, art studio Vilner decided to enhance the car's Italian theme and make this sporty 500 look more distinguished.
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Jeep Compass Spawns Next-Generation Fiat Freemont 17
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in FCA, Fiat, Fiat Freemont, Jeep, Jeep Compass, Renderings, SUV on 10 17th, 2017


If you were to interview 100 people and ask if they think the Fiat Freemont looks good, chances are 99 would say it is as ugly as sin.
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Updated Fiat Argo Gets Morphed Into A Station Wagon 8
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Fiat, Fiat Argo, Renderings on 10 8th, 2017


Unveiled a few short months ago for the Brazilian market, the new Fiat Argo actually looks relatively nice. However, after seeing these renderings, we’re crossing our fingers Fiat doesn’t decide to make an Argo Station Wagon.
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Fiat 500X Refreshed For 2018MY, Can You Tell What’s Different? 5
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fiat, Fiat 500X, new cars on 10 5th, 2017


Fiat has operated a few styling and technology updates to the Urban and Cross versions of the Fiat 500X, which have been taken into the 2018MY.
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Marchionne Says FCA Loses $20,000 On Every Fiat 500e 5
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, FCA, Fiat, Fiat 500, Reports on 10 5th, 2017


Creating electric vehicles isn’t cheap and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is learning that the hard way.
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FCA CEO Says Fully-Autonomous Driving Is 10 Years Away, EVs Not The Solution 2
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, FCA, Fiat, Fiat 500, Maserati, Reports on 10 2nd, 2017


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne was recently presented with an honorary degree in industrial engineering from the University of Trento and the outspoken executive used the occasion to tell students the company's partnership with Waymo is part of a bigger push into autonomous vehicles.
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Fiat 500L Lineup Gets New City Cross Special Edition 29
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fiat, Fiat 500L, new cars on 09 29th, 2017


A few months after significantly updating the 500L, Fiat has introduced a new version to complement the lineup – the City Cross.
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This One-Of-A-Kind Fiat 500C Missoni Edition Just Sold For $60k 25
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Fiat, Fiat 500 on 09 25th, 2017


From Ducati motorcycles to hybrid BMWs, we've seen Garage Italia Customs personalize all manner of vehicles – but none quite as frequently as the Fiat 500.
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