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The original Fiat 500 by Gucci was an overwhelming success, quickly garnering over 3,000 pre-orders, pushing the two Italian companies to release a cabriolet version of their customized 500. The 500C by Gucci shares much of the same modifications its hardtop counterpart has, being offered at a little over $28,350. It’ll inherit the same color choices – white with matte chrome trim or black with glossy chrome accents – as the original coupe, and will also sport the same body color-matched 16-inch wheels.
The most significant difference between the two models will be the cabrio’s sliding cloth roof which has been accented with Gucci’s signature green-red-green stripe. The same stripe can be found on the sides of the coupe version.
Inside, the cabriolet doesn’t stray away from the original design, with Gucci accents throughout including the seat belts, seat inserts, shift boot, floor mats and key fob.
GALLERY: Fiat 500C By Gucci
After re-launching in North America last year, Fiat has just introduced its second model to our shores, the 500 Cabrio. A ‘convertible’ version of the 500 hatchback, the Cabrio is a different sort of drop-top as it retains the factory roof structure, but with a retractable material top instead of sheetmetal. Because of that structure, the 500 Cabrio is unique in that it offers the exact same interior room as the original hatchback. Yet another advantage is that the material roof can be operated at speed of up to 60 mph.
Priced at $19,500 it retails for a $4,000 premium over the standard model, Fiat brand boss Laura Suave, introducing the car today at the New York Auto Show, says it’s the smallest price differential between a standard model and its cabriolet version on the market. Two versions will be offered, an entry-level Pop and a top-trim Lounge.
As with the 500 hatchback there will be plenty of customization options from everything to interior and exterior colors, as well as accessories, while the Cabrio also gets the choice of three material top colors: red, tan and black.
Much of the rest of the car remains the same with a 101-hp 1.4-liter engine.
GALLERY: Fiat 500 Cabrio
Fiat will reportedly launch the U.S.-spec version of the 500 Convertible at the New York Auto Show in late April, with the car going on sale almost immediately. Just in time for Spring, the drop-top is unique in that it retains the roof structure, but trades rear glass and a metal top for a retractable cloth section.
The powertrain and even the option packages are expected to remain unchanged from the standard 500, with the car making 101-hp in an even trendier package.
Look for full details April 20th, and see AutoGuide’s complete New york Auto Show preview and coverage here.
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