Ever since marking its return to the U.S. with the Fiat 500, Fiat has been steadily expanding the breadth of this nameplate to include the all-electric 500e, the sporty Abarth, the bigger 500L and soon, the 500X. Circling back to the standard 500, Fiat is giving its iconic little hatchback a handful of improvements for the 2015 model year.
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The most significant upgrade being made to the 2015 Fiat 500 is the all-new seven-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instrument cluster display, which replaces the cluttered, circular analog gauge in the current model. This new “high-definition” gauge cluster now provides a more clear display for information such as audio, telephone and parking assist (when equipped) in addition to obvious speedometer, tachometer and trip info. When the car is shifted into the “Sport” mode, the TFT display’s appearance changes as well. The TFT display will come standard on all but the base Pop trim level, where it will be an optional feature.
Aside from this new gauge technology, the 2015 Fiat 500 receives a redesigned center console design with new cupholders and a USB port. The interior improvements wrap up with the addition of Bluetooth streaming audio, which isn’t currently offered.
Fiat is also looking to attract more buyers to the sportier 2015 Fiat 500 models with the addition of a six-speed automatic transmission on the option list for the Abarth and Turbo trim levels. When the 2015 Fiat 500 goes on sale in July, it will also offer three new exterior paint colors: Giallo Moderna Perla (pearl yellow), Laser Blu (metallic blue) and Billet Argento (silver).