Detroit Preview: Chrysler to Show Fiat 500 Models Including Convertible, Abarth and Electric Versions

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

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Chrysler might not be holding a press conference at the Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks time but the automaker is planning to draw crowds at its booth by showing off a long list of Italian machinery, including several Fiat products that are expected to launch in North America in the near future.

Previous reports have already suggested Chrysler will show a rebadged version of the Lancia Delta premium hatchback, which is expected to be one of the first new Chrysler-badged Fiat models to arrive in North America.

Now we have word that Chrysler will show the entire Fiat 500 lineup of cars, including a new electric version of the car. We don’t know if this will be a concept or a production model. In addition to the 500 EV, there will be the standard hatchback and excessively cute convertible models. We’re most excited to see the Abarth model (above) with a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 133-hp and 130 ft-lbs of torque.

Even more surprising than all this is word that inside the Chrysler booth we’re expected to see Fiat-brands like Ferrari and Maserati – meaning Detroit F-car fans will get a chance to gaze upon the new 458 Italia.

[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • FIAT Returns... FIAT Returns... on Jan 06, 2010

    IMO a lot of people are going to be surprised by what Sergio Marchionne can do with Chrysler. And he's not just looking at green and small cars, either- FIAT's already planned a new Viper, a strong Dodge Ram franchise, a new, larger Hemi V-8... even the potential manufacture of the Chrysler 300 in Italy- Underestimate this man at your peril- the guys' a proven winner. GM should be glad they didn't have him as their new boss... he's scare those dinosaurs half to death! Besides a healthier, more dyanamic, and exciting Chrysler... wait till you see the cool Alfas and FIATs he brings over as the icing on the cake... Viva FIAT! http://fiat2america.blogspot.com

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