The 2016 Fiat 500 will make its official debut on Independence Day.
Recently spied testing, the Italian automaker’s compact car is getting a refresh for the 2016 model year, and while it may seem that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is celebrating July 4 with the U.S. to debut the car, it’s actually the birthday for the iconic 500 model. Originally “born” on July 4, 1957, the Fiat 500 is now sold in over 100 countries in the world with the current model featuring over 1.5-million registered units.
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The current Fiat 500 model was introduced in 2007 so it’s long overdue for a refresh, but don’t expect it to have major changes. AutoGuide.com‘s spy photographers have caught the 2016 Fiat 500 coupe and convertible testing, revealing subtle changes to the overall design and style that borrows styling cues from the larger 500X crossover. What will carryover to the refresh is the Cinquecento’s iconic, compact design and expect new color choices and wheels options to be part of the 2016 model year.
For now, it doesn’t appear that Fiat is readying a next-generation 500 model, but it’s unlikely that the refresh will carry over for another eight years.
Check back with AutoGuide.com on July 4 when Fiat spills all the details on the 2016 Fiat 500.
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