At the 2011 New York Auto Show last week, Fiat unveiled the stateside version of the Fiat 500C. The 2012 Fiat 500C for the U.S. will be available at dealerships later this spring with a starting MSRP of $19,500 for the entry-level Pop model. The four-door compact convertible comes in three soft-top colors, 14 exterior colors, 12 seat colors and material combinations plus a choice of two interior environments. Fiat says that will allow customers to personalize “their own” Fiat 500C in any way they feel.
The 2012 Fiat 500 Pop model comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels with chrome-accented wheel covers and all-season tires, 7 air bags, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with AUX audio input, chromed exhaust tip, power windows, power door locks, power heated mirrors, speed control, BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication technology with USB port, eco:Drive Application and iPod control capability, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, reconfigurable Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with trip computer, miles-to-empty, average fuel economy and tire-pressure monitoring display (TPM).
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Those that require a little more premium feel can opt for the 2012 Fiat 500C Lounge model. The Fiat 500C Lounge model adds a 6-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes, front- and rear-fascia chromed accents, chromed mirror caps, fog lamps, 15-inch aluminum wheels with all-season tires, premium cloth seats, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, automatic climate control, and BOSE Energy Efficient Series audio system with six premium speakers and subwoofer and security alarm. Prices for the 2012 Fiat 500C Lounge model start at $23,500.
All 2012 Fiat 500c models will come with a standard 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and four years of unlimited roadside assistance. In addition, the new Fiat 500c includes a 3-year/36,000-mile maintenance program that includes wear-and-tear items and trip-interruption reimbursement.
Power comes from a 1.4L 16-valve MultiAir engine making 101-hp at 6,500 rpm and 98 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Mated a to a 5-speed manual transmission, the Fiat 500C will deliver an estimated fuel-economy of 30/38 mpg (city/highway).
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– By: Omar Rana