Fiat Ellezero small crossover coming to the U.S. in 2012 as a 2013 model

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 2, 2012

What Fiat will release next in the U.S. is a small crossover code-named Ellezero that is set to arrive in the country as a 2013 model. It’s expected to debut at the Geneva auto show and is slated to reach Europe in the middle of 2012. The Ellezero is likely to be the smallest crossover offered in the U.S. It is reminiscent of the rounded appearance of the Fiat 100.

It’s expected to have the rounded appearance of the Fiat 500, and will also share its 1.4-liter gasoline engine. The B-segment Ellezero will be available in five- and seven-passenger variants.

It’s expected to be produced on Fiat's SUSW (Small U.S. Wide) platform, which will also look at the new compact Jeep crossover in the U.S., including replacements from oveseas consisting of the Fiat Punto and Palio. The Ellezero will be going up against models like the Ford B-Max and the Opel Meriva in Europe. The Ellezero will be produced at Fiat's Serbian factory, which was once owned by Zastava, which built the Fiat-based Yugo.

Born in Italy, made for America – the new Fiat 500 Sport is making its way to the United States soon. Fiat has made sure that the new 500 Sport is laden with distinct adaptations for the North American market while still donning the Italian brand’s vaunted smart and stylish design aesthetic and world-class craftsmanship. It is primarily designed to cater to customers who seek a great fusion between style, fashion, practicality and functionality.

Both the front and rear end of the new Fiat 500 Sport have been athletically styled, featuring a larger grille and flared aerodynamic treatment as well as new body-side sill cladding. It rides on a sport-tuned suspension as well as distinct 16-inch aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray painted pockets.

Its sporty appearance is further complemented by a chromed exhaust tip, gloss black shadow-line window trim and Performance Red painted brake calipers. Fiat is also offering an available SkyDome power sun roof for the new Fiat 500 Sport. Powering the new Fiat 500 Sport is a 1.4-liter engine with the carmaker’s MultiAir technology, which helps improve its power delivery -- by up to 10 percent -- while enhancing its fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

Of course, the driving dynamics and interior elements of the new Fiat 500 Sport have all been adapted for the North American market. For customers looking for different exterior cues and equipment options, they could avail of the other versions of the Fiat 500 -- the Pop and Lounge models. Interested customers could order their new Fiat 500 -- in the Sport, Pop and Lounge models -- starting later this year. The all-newFiat 500C (cabrio) will be available starting the spring of 2011.

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