14.09.2010 CHRYSLER GROUP REVEALS FIRST IMAGES OF THE NORTH AMERICAN FIAT 500

FIAT 500 SPORT NORTH AMERICA
FIAT 500 SPORT NORTH AMERICA

Chrysler Group has released first images of the North American manufacturerd version of the Fiat 500 as it begins the countdown to its launch revealing cosmetic styling changes that set it distinctly apart from the European model.

Chrysler Group has released first images of the North American manufactured version of the Fiat 500 as it begins the countdown to its launch revealing cosmetic styling changes that set it distinctly apart from the European model. Ordering is set to begin before the end of the year.

The modern generation of the 500 was launched on July 4, 2007, and since its introduction, it has sold more than 500,000 units in more than 80 countries around the world. Now Chrysler Group is currently in the process of choosing a new dealer network that proposes to cover around 165 locations in the United States and Canada.

The North American 500 range will get the same three specification levels as in Europe: Pop, Lounge and Sport, with the latter being the model featured in the heavily photoshopped images released today. The front spoiler section is the area that has been most changed in order to differentiate the forthcoming Toluca, Mexico-built model with the European one which is manufactured at Tychy in Poland. The new profile is softer than the European version and a more rounded centre grille section gives way to smaller honeycomb recesses around the foglights. There is also a plastic lip that wraps onto the bottom of the spoiler and a reflector on the wheel arch edge.

The North American version will also get a chunky new moulded side sill and there are further changes to the rear bumper to mirror the front end treatment. This looks quite design-busy which is may be why only one of the twelve images presented by Chrysler Group today offers only a partial glance at this area of the supermini. Unique 16-inch aluminum wheels feature Mineral Gray painted recesses. Completing the 500 Sport's visual appearance are "Performance Red" painted brake calipers, a chromed exhaust tip and gloss black shadow-line window trims. The 500 Sport will also have as an option the European model's SkyDome powered sun roof.

The 1.4-litre FIRE engine with Fiat Powertrain's MultiAir technology embedded will power the Fiat 500 Sport; the engine will be built in Michigan. MultiAir reduces emissions while improving fuel economy and power delivery by up to 10 percent when compared to similar engines. MultiAir technology was recognised as the "single most innovative engine technology" of 2010 by the International Engine of the Year Awards panel. The 500C will become available in the spring of 2011.
 

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