No word from Fiat in Australia on plans for the iconic 500 even though an updated version being launch in Europe on 4 July (the anniversary of the cute, hip 500’s debut back in 1957).
The current Fiat 500 has been around since 2007 and locally - despite a rearrangement of the model lineup and prices slashed to start from juts $16,000 - sales have slowed to just 1,394 units for the first six months of this year (down by more than 5.0-per-cent on 2014).
For the updated model, Fiat has incorporated a few features from the new X model and we see inside a new central console to support the new 5.0-inch infotainment system screen which uses the Uconnect system and facilitates satellite navigation (TomTom in the previous generation).
In turn, this means revised air-vents and we’ve also noticed a new design steering wheel and – stop the presses! - a normal, lockable glove-box (very un-Fiat 500).
Fiat says there are some 1800 changes for the updated 500 and on the styling front enthusiasts will pick the revised two-layer air intakes, a new bumper and revised headlights (including LED DRLs).
At the rear, new boxy tail-lights do transform the iconic Fiat 500’s looks.
In the absence of any official word from Fiat Chrysler Australia, some have speculated we’ll see the updated 500 in local showrooms early next year.