– The Fiat 500X equipped with the innovative automatic and sequential dual clutch transmission débuts at this prestigious event in Switzerland. Combined with the Euro 6 1.4 MultiAir II 140 HP engine and all-wheel drive, the new version will be available in the next few months.
– The première of the Fiat 500 Vintage ’57, a tribute to the icon presented in Turin on 4 July 1957. Its vintage look recalls some particular aspects of this historical car, such as the vintage pastel blue livery – now combined with the white roof and spoiler – and upholstery in tobacco Frau leather.
– The première of the Fiat Panda K-Way®, the new special coloured and functional series that is the result of a collaboration with the top brand of casual and fashionable rainproof garments.
– At kick-off, the new Fiat Doblò Trekking with an exclusive look and equipped with the “Traction+” system to drive safely on surfaces with different levels of grip.
Fiat has selected Geneva to preview its latest 500X, 500, Panda and Doblò models. These are presented next to 500L and Freemont models that represent one of the widest and most diverse ranges in the automotive industry.
The undisputed star of the exhibition area is the Fiat 500X, the new Fiat crossover that explores the completely new dimension of the 500 brand, where style, substance and made in Italy define this comfortable, high performing car that is always connected with the world: this is the X side of beauty, this is the soul of the Fiat 500X.
Only a few weeks ago there was an exclusive live performance by Dynamo that marked the end of the extraordinary “The Power of X” tour, which, in 80 days, brought the 500X to the main squares of 74 European cities and to 602 exclusive premières at Fiat dealerships.
The public can admire the two versions of the Lounge model, the more metropolitan side of the Fiat crossover. The spotlights are also on the new version equipped with an innovative automatic and sequential 6-gear dual clutch transmission that ensures a perfect balance between driving comfort and a sporty feeling while guaranteeing quick gear changes and high efficiency.
Available in combination with the 1.4 MultiAir II 140 HP engine with front wheel drive, this innovative device consists of two parallel transmissions that make it possible to change gears with amazing speed, by releasing one clutch while engaging the other at the same time.
The second 500X Lounge is equipped with the 1.6 Multijet II 120 HP engine and fit with some Mopar accessories, the brand of reference for services, Customer Care, original spare parts and accessories for FCA brands. The exclusive 18” alloy rims are presented along with the “Chrome Xtra pack“, which includes elegant chrome elements such as the door mouldings, fog light frames and the external mirror covers. The Cargo Organizer rounds out the equipment, increasing the versatility of the boot. This is a small yet significant example of the wide collection of Mopar accessories created especially for the new Fiat crossover in order to make it even more distinctive.
There is also space for 500X versions that are targeted more towards free time: two top of the range Cross Plus models are on display, equipped with a powerful 2.0 Multijet II 140 HP engine combined with the innovative 9 gear automatic engine and all-wheel drive. The first has a Magnetic Bronze matt livery, whereas the second showcases the exclusive three-layer Rosso Amore metallic paint.
The Fiat 500 Vintage ’57 that honours the Made in Italy icon of 1957 débuts in Geneva with its contemporary interpretation of certain stylistic features that made it famous in the 60’s and 70’s. The exterior is distinguished by the pastel blue body combined with the white of the roof, spoiler, antenna, mirror covers, as well as the 16″ white chrome vintage alloy rims that recall the rims used on the historical 500.
The retro appearance of the Fiat 500 Vintage ’57 can also be found inside with the white dashboard and elegant upholstery in tobacco Frau leather with ‘half-moon’ inserts (stylistic feature of the model) in ivory leather with tobacco coloured “500” embroidery. Its vintage look is also underlined by the historical Fiat logos located both outside as well as on the steering wheel.
Its wide range of standard equipment includes a manual climate control system, Blue&Me system, CD+MP3 radio, ABS with EBD, 7 airbags, Start&Stop system, ESP complete with ASR/MSR, HBA and Hill Holder. Available for sale starting in March, the new Vintage ’57 special series will be available with 1.2 69 HP, 0.9 Twin Air 65 HP, 0.9 Twin Air 85 HP and 0.9 Twin Air 105 HP petrol engines as well as the 1.3 Multijet 95 HP diesel engine. Depending on the markets, there will be differences in equipment, both standard and optional, in order to satisfy the specific requirements of the individual countries.
In addition to this special vintage version, there is also an 500C “S” model that has an exclusive Blu Italia body with 16″ alloy rims and is made even more exclusive due to its distinctive elements such as the side skirts, rear spoiler and sporty bumpers.
This same “aggressive” look is found inside, as demonstrated by the enveloping and sporty seats with black 3D weft fabric with blue inserts, the dashboard strip in satin-finish grey and leather trim with red stitching on the steering wheel and gearshift cover. The “S” model is completed with the Blue&Me system, steering wheel with radio controls, automatic climate control system, rear privacy glass, Xenon headlights, parking sensors and fog lights.
The vehicle displayed is equipped with the revolutionary two-cylinder 0.9 Twin Air 105 HP engine, combined with a 6 gear manual gearbox, ensuring excellent performance: a top speed of 188 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 10 seconds. It achieves all this while being at the top of its category for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: the results for the combined cycle are respectively 4.2 litres/100 km and 99 g/km.
The exhibition of the 500 family is completed by the model that combines the iconic nature of the 500 style with the functionality of the Made in Fiat design. This special alchemy has resulted in the ‘City Lounge Fiat’, a new approach to a city car that is an emotional reformulation of the compact vehicle category for the modern family.
Beautiful outside and spacious inside, the 500L has space for all the little pleasures and large emotions of life: children, friends, trips, music and community. Simply put, it is the ideal car in which the modern family meets and grows up, just like the 500L itself is the first example of the “500 family” growing up, a prelude to future evolutions.
In Geneva, the public can admire an elegant Lounge version with a metallic grey livery and equipped with the brilliant 1.4 16v T-Jet with 120 HP that represents the ideal solution for those who are looking for a vehicle that is easy to handle in city traffic, keeping operating costs down: in fact, equipped in this manner the Fiat 500L reaches a top speed of 189 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 in 10.2 seconds.
There is also a 500L Trekking 1.6 Multijet 120 HP at the stand. This model has two perfectly integrated spirits that cross-over on a daily basis: a metropolitan side for enjoying the city without a care in style, and a more assertive side, which is ideal for the weekends with family and friends. The exhibited vehicle presents the new Turchese Pantelleria livery and is equipped with some Mopar accessories that accentuate this dual spirit, such as the useful protective tray in the boot, the jacket hook behind the headrests, a fragrance dispenser and a special sill plate. Particular attention is also paid to design, with the satin-finish chromed moulding on the bonnet and the valve caps with the Fiat logo.
Visitors to the Geneva Car Show can have an advanced view of the new special Panda K-Way® series created out of the collaboration between Fiat and the top brand of casual and fashionable rainproof garments, these two brands are famous worldwide for their classic, contemporary, technological, functional, colourful and intelligent products.
Under the sign of customisation freedom taken to the max, the Panda K-Way® offers 20 possible exterior combinations by mixing and matching paint colour and the external elements (mirror caps and hubcaps).Distinguished by its titanium-coloured details: front logo bar, longitudinal bars and mirror covers. These covers, as well as the rear doors, display K-Way® stickers ,whereas the hubcaps incorporate the K-Way® logo. The mirrors and hubcaps are available in four colours (yellow, orange, blue and titanium) and the body is available in six colours, blue, white, black, red, yellow and orange.
Inside, you immediately notice the blue fabric and grey eco-leather seats with the K-Way® logo visible on the front seat, as well as the blue dashboard and silver ultrashine instrument panel. The K-way logo also appears on the customised seatbelts and on the blue multilayer PVC mats. Last but not least, the front seats have two pockets on the seat back equipped with “VISIBAG®”, the high-visibility vest – pocket safety device created ad hoc for Fiat by its partner K-Way.
Sold starting from the end of April, the Panda K-Way will arrive in Fiat showrooms in Italy in May and progressively in all European markets. In Geneva, the displayed vehicle has a captivating blue livery with orange details and is equipped with the brilliant 0.9 Twin Air 85 HP engine.
Finally, the collaboration between Fiat and K-Way® will continue with a specially licensed range of accessories and merchandise. A selection of prototypes of these exclusive products will be showcased for visitors to admire at Geneva.
In addition to the Panda K-Way, there is also the Cross version, the top of the range due to its unique style that conquers lovers of adventure and life outdoors. For them, the Panda Cross adopts a permanent “torque on demand” all-wheel drive system that uses two different differentials and an electronically controlled coupling as well as the Terrain Control switch that makes it possible to select the all-wheel drive mode based on the driving conditions, selecting between three options (Auto, Lock and Hill Descent). The vehicle on display at Geneva is distinguished by a bright red body and is equipped with the brilliant 1.3 Multijet II 80 HP turbodiesel engine.
Fiat Doblò Trekking
The previously unseen Trekking version of the new Doblò is on display at Geneva with the standard “Traction+” system for traction control that increases vehicle drive on difficult terrains with poor grip, guaranteeing optimal release performance when starting and providing optimal performance when driving in light off-road conditions.
The Trekking version provides more selection for the Fiat Active Family Space and is able to satisfy the needs of a modern and dynamic family that uses it every day of the week, both on work days as well as on the weekend without any space or usability limits.
Outside, the new version displays special side moulding with the “Trekking” logo, new designed 16-inch alloy rims and new front and rear bumpers as well as a raised chassis and an under-engine guard that makes it possible to safely drive on uneven roads.
The immediate eye catchers in the interior are the new dashboard with eco-leather treatment, the new seats in fabric and eco-leather with double stitching and the new door panels also in eco-leather. Also available upon request is the extremely useful “capucine”, a convenient open compartment located high up, both in the central area as well as in the rear area of the vehicle, which can be reached both from the boot as well as from the rear seats.
Fiat Freemont Cross
There is also space for the Freemont Cross model, which proposes an updated look that sets it apart from the rest of the range. Merit of the new front bumper with Platinum Chrome inserts, the front grille and the fog light frames in glossy black, the side skirts in Platinum Chrome and the roof racks in the same colour, in addition to the black frames of the front and rear light units, and the rear bumper with and underbody protection insert in Platinum Chrome. Furthermore, Freemont Cross features 19″ five spoke “Hyper Black” burnished alloy rims.
The model on display is equipped with the performing 2.0 Multijet II 170 HP engine combined with a 6 gear automatic transmission and active All-Wheel-Drive (AWD). The standard equipment package is very impressive and includes, for example, a map satellite navigator with an 8.4″ Touch Screen, DVD and SD slot radio, Bluetooth connection, rear parking camera and Premium Alpine sound system with 6 speakers, 368 watt amplifier and subwoofer. All of this contributes towards making this exclusive version truly unique. Furthermore, the standard equipment also includes electric, heated and foldable side mirrors, six airbags, lighted cup holders, Keyless Entry and Keyless Go with a start button, and audio and speed adjustment controls on the steering wheel.
Inspired by the “X” of the new Fiat crossover, the stand in Geneva welcomes the public with elegance and Italian taste. The centre showcases some examples of the 500X, surrounded by other vehicles – 500, Panda, Doblò, 500L and Freemont – almost as a symbolic embrace of the newest arrival to the Fiat family.
There is also a dedicated space where some K-way brand garments can be admired together with the new merchandising collection created by Mopar for the new Fiat 500X.
Finally, by distributing information and displaying some dedicated material at the stand, the public can learn more about the products of the FCA Bank, a financing company specialised in the automotive sector. The company operates in the main European markets and in Switzerland with FCA Capital Suisse SA, with a single mission: supporting automotive sales for all FCA brands by offering innovative financial products complete with added value services dedicated to the dealer network, private customers and companies.
[Source : Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]