Facelifted FIAT 500S - with new looks and tech - debuts at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 2, 2016

FIAT 500S made its official worldwide introduction during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This comes just months after the UK launch of the FIAT 500 back in September. The FIAT 500S, unlike the FIAT 500, has a rear spoiler, special side skirts, and sports bumpers.

Meanwhile, the door handles and the tailgate have the “Satin Graphite” finish. This same finish is also present in the mirror fairings, “moustache”, and the alloy 15-inch wheels. The company is offering as an option the new 16-inch wheels that have a matt diamond black treatment.

The chrome-finished exhaust tailpipe, the rear privacy glass, and bold rear grille form part of the exterior. Rounding up the features of the exterior are the two body colors of Electronica Blue or the new matt Green. The interior meanwhile has the seats and roof lining in black.

Contrasting this are the seat edges and the door panels that have been finished in white, yellow, or blue. The “Satin Graphite” on the exterior is also on the interior especially on the details of the dashboard fascia and the sports steering wheel. For that extra feel of luxury, the interior can have the optional Frau leather trim with the light blue or white details. Coming in as standard in the FIAT 500S is the TFT instrument display with full color and reconfigurable settings.

The brand’s 7-inch HD Uconnect LIVE touchscreen is integrated into its dashboard. It has a high resolution display and offers tablet-like controls. There is also a wide-range of functions that include Bluetooth hands-free system, Uconnect LIVE services, and voice recognition. It even has a host of music playback options that include USB connection, Bluetooth streaming, FM/AM radio, DAB digital, and 3.5 mm auxiliary jack.

Fiat hopes to make the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard features later this year. The system will also have the 3D TomTom navigation system. The FIAT 500S will debut the BeatsAudio sound system which was made in partnership with Beats by Dr. Dre. It has a seven-speaker system with a 440-watt total output. This sound system also has a digital amplifier integrated with the advanced equalisation algorithm.

With this feature, it makes it possible to recreate the range of sound that every artist experiences when doing a studio recording. The BeatsAudio sound system will be made available on all of the models later this year. In partnership with the Style Centre, the Mopar Store will feature a new collection with new designs specifically for the 500.

These include bags with exclusive patterns and made using technical fabrics and the sweatshirts with the built-in earphones. It will also feature an integrated Power Bank, allowing media devices to be recharged. Sales in the UK for the FIAT 500S will start in the summer with the pricing and the final specification to be released near the official launch date.

Press Release

NEW FIAT 500S DEBUTS AT THE 2016 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

Hot on the heels of the new FIAT 500, which was launched in the UK in September, comes the new FIAT 500S which makes its global début at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Compared to the standard FIAT 500, the new FIAT 500S is equipped with sports bumpers, special side skirts and a rear spoiler, while the door handles, tailgate, “moustache”, mirror fairings and 15-inch alloy wheels are finished in exclusive “Satin Graphite”. New design16-inch wheels with a matt diamond black treatment are available as an option. Rear privacy glass, a chrome-finish exhaust tailpipe, a bold rear grille and two specific body colours, Electronica Blue and a new matt Green, complete the list of exterior features the FIAT 500S benefits from.

Inside, the new FIAT 500S is enhanced by black seats and a black roof lining which contrast with the door panels and seat edges, which are finished in blue, white or yellow. “Satin Graphite” detailing also features on the dashboard fascia and special sports steering wheel and the interior can also be trimmed in optional Frau leather with white or light blue details for a splash of additional luxury. A full-colour TFT instrument display with reconfigurable settings is standard on the new 500S.

The dashboard incorporates FIAT’s new Uconnect™ 7-inch HD LIVE touchscreen with tablet-like controls and a high resolution display as standard equipment. This system offers a wide range of functions, including Uconnect™ LIVE services, Bluetooth hands-free system, voice recognition and a multitude of music playback options, including Bluetooth streaming, USB connection, 3.5mm auxiliary jack, DAB digital and FM/AM radio. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality will become available later in the year and the system can be specified with the latest 3D TomTom navigation system as well.

The exclusive BeatsAudio sound system also debuts on the FIAT 500S and will be available on all models later in the year. Developed in conjunction with Beats by Dr. Dre, the seven-speaker system has a total output of 440 watts and features a digital amplifier integrating an advanced equalisation algorithm, which can recreate the entire sound spectrum that an artist experiences during studio recording.

On show in the Mopar Store will be a new collection dedicated to the 500, designed in conjunction with the Style Centre, including sweatshirts with built-in earphones and bags made from technical fabrics with exclusive patterns and an integrated Power Bank, which enables media devices to be recharged.

The new FIAT 500S goes on sale in the UK in the summer, with pricing and final UK specifications to confirmed closer to the car’s launch.

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