Fiat says it’s launching its 500C convertible city car in the UK before the rest of Europe gets it – even before Italians can buy it.
It’s all down to Britain’s love of the drop-top motoring, according to Fiat officials.
The 500C will initially be available in Pop and Lounge specifications. Engine choice is identical to the hatchback, comprising 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrols plus a 1.3-litre ‘MultiJet’ turbodiesel.
Prices start at £11,300 for the 1.2 Pop, rising to 14,100 for the 1.3 Lounge.
Same specs as hard-top
Pop specification includes air conditioning, remote locking, MP3 capable CD player and electric mirrors.
Lounge adds climate control, stability control, foglights and rear parking sensors – plus ‘Blue&Me’, Fiat’s innovative Bluetooth, voice control and USB port system.
Both Pop and Lounge get electric operation for the convertible top – which is really rather more like a giant fabric sunroof than a traditional cabriolet conversion.
The clever thing about those high sides, however, is that it allows Fiat to continue fitting seven airbags. Convertibles often do without curtain airbags since there is nowhere to install them.
Both manual and Duologic automatic versions of the new 500C will be available, with Fiat’s new fuel saving Start&Stop system following soon.
It’ll be available to order in the summer.