Fiat has offered a preview of its new 500 model, saying that the car will mark "an important cycle of revival" for the automaker.
The new car comes 50 years after the Nuova Fiat 500 was introduced on July 4th 1957. According to the manufacturer, the model became an "icon of our times" and was instrumental in Fiat’s revival following the second world war.
On July 4th this year, exactly 50 years later, the new 500 will be launched. The three-door model was developed by the Fiat style centre and manufactured at the company’s Tychy plant in Poland.
Three engine options are available with the new car â€“ a 75bhp, 1.3-litre turbodiesel and two petrol units, one delivering 69bhp and the other offering 100bhp, with five- or six-speed manual gearboxes.
The Fiat 500, which has been designed to be "notably entertaining to drive", also takes a "leap forward" in regard to comfort, safety, technology and equipment for this sector, according to the Italian firm.
Introducing its car, the automaker said: "The new Fiat 500 is the most up-to-date solution for motorists who ‘enjoy’ their car in complete freedom and appreciate it for day-to-day use, but also wish to drive a vehicle that is entertaining and practical, environmentally-friendly and accessible, but also appealing and full of fun."