2017 Fiat 500 Release Date, Review, News

The new 2017 Fiat 500 isn’t the most logical and practical choice for an economy car. But if extra class, and a personable small car is are among your priorities, the new Fiat might be what you are looking for. Some of the pros include a surprising two-seating configuration, a distinctive styling, tons of standard features even for the base model, and an impressive fuel economy rating. Its release date should be expected during the 1st Q of 2016.

2017 Fiat 500 exterior, white color, alloy wheels

For 2017, buyers should look forward to a 5” touchscreen interface, an optional navigation system, and a shuffled optional feature list grouped into packages. The market today offers plenty of fuel efficient cars, but only a small fraction of them conspicuously stand out from the crowd. An excellent example would be the 2017 Fiat 500.

Entering its sixth year of production, the 500 continues to impress with its feature rich galore in combination with a touch of Italian flare. Offered in both convertible and hatchback body styles, sporty and economical specifications, and numerous trim levels, the fresh Fiat 500 promises to be an appealing choice.

2017 Fiat 500 rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

However, the Fiat disappoints on certain fronts. Some of them include a poor top-down visibility, a lackluster fuel economy rating, a lethargic acceleration, cramped head-and legroom, and lack of standard feature galore for the top trims.

Available Trims – Fiat 500

Available in either convertible or hatchback configurations, the 2016 Fiat 500 hatchback is offered in six trims: Pop, Easy, Sport, Turbo, Lounge, and the plush Abarth trim.

2017 Fiat 500 front angle, grille

The Convertible, on the other hand, comes in four trims: Pop, Easy, Lounge, and Abarth. The Convertible is also referred to as 500C.
The 2017 Fiat 500e electric version comes in a separate review.

Interior Pictures & Exterior Changes – 2017 Fiat 500

The Pop trim comes standard with a 50/50-split folding rear seatbacks, air-conditioning, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a 5” touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a height-adjustable driver seat, 15” wheels, a CD player, USB ports, voice controls, a six-speaker sound system, Chrysler/Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment system, cloth upholstery, auxiliary audio input, and full power accessories.

2017 Fiat 500 interior, leather seats and dashboard

Opting for the Easy trim gets you a six-speaker Alpine audio system, a 7” color driver information display, 15” wheels, and cloth upholstered seats.

Springing for the Sport hatchback gets you a sport steering wheel, a sport-tuned suspension, sporty exterior styling touches, 16” alloy wheels, red-painted brake calipers, and a sport-tuned exhaust system.

The Turbo tacks in a base audio system, upgraded cloth upholstery, black-exterior lighting, bigger brakes, a more powerful engine, gloss-black exterior lighting trim, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and LED running lights.

2017 Fiat 500 silver color, grille and headlights

Opting for the Lounge trim gets you a chrome exterior trim, an automatic climate control, a fixed glass roof, more interior appointments, a navigation system, the Alpine sound system, and a fixed glass roof. The 1957 Edition, hardtop only version largely compares to the Lounge trim level with a sport-tuned suspension, a retro-styling, unique paint colors, specialized wheels, unique interior trim, a white roof, and retro emblems.

Eating everything below it in the food chain is the top-of-the-line 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth. The performance-focused Abarth comes equipped with a distinctive interior and exterior styling tweaks, Alpine stereo system, a sportier suspension system, 16” wheels, and more power. The Abarth Convertible comes equipped with an optional windscreen, rear parking sensors, and tons of interior accents.

2017 Fiat 500 steering wheel, lcd screen and gear shift knob

Optional bundles are also available for the Abarth trim which are grouped into packages. They include satellite and HD radio, automatic climate control, Beats Audio sound system, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, a navigation system, heated seats, and exterior heated mirrors.

Engine Specs – 2017 Fiat 500

Both the front wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission system are standard systems for all Fiats.

2017 Fiat 500 engine

A 1.4L engine good for 101 hp and 98 pounds of torque is available for the Pop, Easy, Sport and Lounge trims. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 31/40/34 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

Pumping out 135 hp and 150 pounds of torque is a 1.4L four-cylinder engine fitted under the hood of the 500 Turbo trim.

2017 Fiat 500 engine, silver color

Finally, a 1.4L engine rated at 160 horsepower and 170 pounds of torque is available for the performance-oriented Abarth model. A manual-equipped Abarth model accelerated from 0-60 mph in just 7.1 seconds.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Fiat 500

Expect the 500 Abarth to cost you an MSRP starting from $22,575, the 500C Abarth – $26,695, the 500 Convertible – $20,395, and the 500 Hatchback – $16,995. As for the release date, we should expect the vehicle in dealerships in the coming weeks.

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2017 Fiat 500X Release Date, News & Specs

The new 2017 Fiat 500X offers lots of strengths necessary to elbow its way to the top of the class. They include top safety features, an affordable widow sticker, easy-to-use tech controls, distinctive and well-appointed cabin, nimble driving manners, thrifty fuel economy ratings, and decent interior space, among others. Its date of release should be expected in March 2017.

2017 Fiat 500X front view, headlights, grille, alloy wheels

With all the above combined with an Italian flair, you’ll find the pintsize 500X a favorable choice in the quickly expanding subcompact crossover segment. For starters, Fiat returned to the U.S four years ago with the 500 model which was rich in character but low in terms of utility. And after a lot of consultations, the 500L model was birthed. It offered better space and utilities but fell short on many areas which its fans were unsatisfactory.

2017 Fiat 500X white color, front view, headlights and grille

But with the new Fiat 500X model, there was a bit of optimism although it still lacks some elements. It is a vehicle that can be likened to the 500 but with more character, personality, an elevated driving position, more total interior room, and enhanced traction. Even so, it is a better release from Fiat and will undoubtedly offer its rivals a run for their money once it is released.

2017 Fiat 500X side angle, red color, alloy wheels

Exterior, the 500X comes with an elevated driving position, and a dose of exterior design machismo. Interior wise, the materials are upscale even for its base model. Chrysler’s version of Uconnect touchscreen interface, for instance is offered not as an option but a standard feature on the top-of-the-line trim.

2017 Fiat 500X rear view, alloy wheels, taillights and tailpipe

Other features you’d expect to get in luxury-themed vehicles include a forward collision warning system, a lane-departure mitigation and warning system, blind-spot monitoring system, and heated steering wheel.

2017 Fiat 500X front view, blue color, exterior, taillights

We are however less impressed by the firm ride, meagre cargo room, clunky automatic transmission system, and so-so fuel economy. In all fairness, the 2017 Fiat 500X is certainly a descent entry-level subcompact crossover SUV, but we have found some of its rivals better. They include the 2017 Mazda CX-3, the 2017 Honda HR-V, the 2017 Kia Soul, and the 2017 Jeep Renegade.

Available Trims – Fiat 500X

2017 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus and Lounge front view

Just like its 500L sibling, the new 2017 Fiat 500X will be offered in five trims: Trekking Plus, Lounge, Trekking, Easy, and Pop base model. All other models apart from the Pop trim, which is offered with a front wheel drive are, come in an all-wheel drive system.

Interior Changes & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Fiat 500X

The Pop’s list of standard features incudes a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, USB/iPod interface, a four-speaker sound system, a fold-flat front passenger seat, full power accessories, 16-inch wheels, an auxiliary audio jack, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, and heated mirrors.

2017 Fiat 500X steering wheel, lcd screen gear shift knob, dashboard

The Easy trim comes with a removable height-adjustable cargo floor panel, ambient LED lighting, keyless entry and ignition, three selectable drive modes, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. Electronic add-ons include six-speakers, an additional USB port, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, satellite and HD radio, a 5” touchscreen display, and a rearview camera.

2017 Fiat 500X interior, leathre rear and front seats

The Trekking trim gets you an upgraded cloth upholstery, a more rugged front fascia, an upgraded trip computer, automatic headlights, and foglights.

The lounge trim adds remote ignition, ambient interior lighting, a windshield wiper de-icer, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, an eight-way power adjustable driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control (dual-zone), and a rear cargo cover. Additionally, it gets a navigation system, HD and satellite radio, a 6.5-inch Uconnect control interface, an upgraded audio system, traffic reporting, and a rearview camera.

2017 Fiat 500X side view, alloy wheels and headlights

The top-of-the-line Trekking Plus trim adds rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, 18-inch alloy wheels, a blind-spot monitoring system, and a leather upholstery.

2017 Fiat 500X Engine Specifications

Except the Pop trim model, other models come equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 180 hp and 175 lbs. ft. of torque. The power gets routed to the front wheels via the nine-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Fiat 500X engine

The Pop model comes fitted with a 1.4L four-cylinder engine good for 160 horsepower and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy with the FWD are 25/34/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Fiat 500X Price & Release Date

March 2017 is the expected release date of the new 2017 Fiat 500X. As for the window sticker, an MSRP of $20,000 will do.

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2017 Fiat 500L Release Date, News & Specs

New 2017 Fiat 500L info – Although it might look as a compelling alternative to the miniscule Fiat 500 Hatchback, we have found the new 2017 Fiat 500L to have substantial drawbacks. We recommend exploring other options in the market before committing. Its release date should be expected in the latter end of 2017 according to rumors.

2017 Fiat 500L front view, headlights and grille

Some of its strengths include an attractive and easy to use 6.5” infotainment screen, lots of European personality exterior and interior wise, big-car passenger and cargo space, and a laudable visibility.

2017 Fiat 500L side view, yellow color, grille, headlights and alloy wheels

This is the first car that was produced immediately after Fiat acquisition of Chrysler. And although the vehicle has earned quite some admiration from its stateside fans, it isn’t that popular in other regions as they consider the vehicle too small for their utility purposes.

2017 Fiat 500L rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Some of the reasons that you should worry ponder about before acquiring the 500L model includes a quirky behavior when equipped with the optional automated manual transmission system on the Pop trim level; brakes are difficult to modulate, a lackluster acceleration; rear seats don’t fold flat; and it has an uncomfortable ride quality.

2017 Fiat 500L white color, side angle, alloy wheels

Some of its rivals we think are better off than the 2017 Fiat 500L model include the 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman – it offers better dimensions, sportier handling, more sophisticated driving experience,  and interior personality, superior acceleration, and an optional AWD system.

Other options include the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, the 2017 Honda HR-V, Fiat’s own 2017 500X, and 2017 Nissan Juke.

Available Trims – Fiat 500L

The four-door compact 2017 Fiat 500L wagon will be offered in five trims: Lounge, Urbana Trekking, Trekking, Easy, and Pop.

Impressive Changes & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Fiat 500L

The base Pop trim comes standard with a six-speaker sound system, 60/40-split folding rear seats, adjustable cloth front seats, 16-inch steel wheels, a CD player, an auxiliary input, a USB port, voice controls, a 5” Uconnect touchscreen interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, heated mirrors, and six-way manually adjustable cloth upholstered seats.2017 Fiat 500L steering wheel, lcd screen, gear shift knob, daskboard

Up next is the Easy trim that comes with upgraded seat fabric, body-color exterior mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, six amplified speakers, a front armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, and tinted glass.

Moving to the Trekking trim gets you a two-tone interior color scheme, premium cloth upholstery, unique body panels, 17-inch wheels, and foglights.

2017 Fiat 500L interior, leather front and rear seats

The Urbana Trekking trim offers a trunk-mounted subwoofer, six-speaker Beats Audio sound system, a black roof, and matte black alloy wheels.

At the acme of the trim lineup is the Lounge trim which bundles a 115-V household style power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control (dual-zone), a body-color roof, a rear-seat armrest, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, chrome exterior trim, a16-inch alloy wheels, and heated front seats.

2017 Fiat 500L side view, yellow color, alloy wheels, headlights, exterior

Few standalone options bundled in packages termed “Collections” include a leather upholstery, power driver lumbar adjustment, a larger 6.5-inch touchscreen, the Beats Audio sound system, smartphone app integration, rear parking camera, heated seats, automatic climate control, and LED running lights.

2017 Fiat 500L white color, rear view, taillights, tailpipe, alloy wheels

One notable thing that greats you once you are inside the 500L model is the large glass area. This gives a sense of minivan-like exterior visibility. Although you may find the A-pillars of either side to interruptive.

2017 Fiat 500L Engine Specifications

Front wheel drive is standard in every 2017 Fiat 500L, as is the 1.4L four-cylinder turbocharged engine good for 160 hp and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. Except the Lounge model, all other models come mated with a six-speed automated manual transmission system.

Test drives conducted on the 500L equipped with an automated manual transmission yielded 9.3 seconds in an acceleration from 0-60 mph, and 8.5 seconds from a model fitted with an automatic transmission system.

2017 Fiat 500L engine

EPA projects the manual-equipped model will return 33/25/28 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 30/22/25 mpg with the six-speed automatic equipped model.

Safety wise, expect the vehicle to come equipped with front and rear parking sensors, remote vehicle access, active head restraints, front-seat-mounted side airbags, antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, stolen vehicle location, and a driver side knee airbag.

2017 Fiat 500L Release Date & Price

We should expect the 2017 Fiat 500L’s release date in the latter second half of 2017 as per online provisional reports. As for its price, expect to be set back by an MSRP starting from $19,495.

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