2016 Fiat 500 Spied During Winter Testing

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2016 Fiat 500 has been caught playing in the snow by AutoGuide.com‘s spy photographers.

The Italian automaker is giving its compact a facelift for the 2016 model year and as you can tell by the spy photos, the mid-cycle refresh for the 500 won’t be drastic in nature. The city car will retain most of its design while receiving new front and rear bumpers while the headlights and taillights will likely receive small changes. The biggest change we can see is that the Fiat 500’s fog lights will be slightly larger with a thicker chrome surround.

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While there are no photos of the interior, expect Fiat to make more changes inside than outside since it wants to retain the Fiat 500’s classic style. It is likely that the company will incorporate a new infotainment system with a larger screen while light tweaks in the engine bay will slightly improve fuel economy and emissions.

Edit: AutoGuide.com’s spy photographers have reached out to inform us that the prototype seen testing had the same interior as the current model, which means either the Italian automaker will leave it unchanged or the mule hasn’t been updated yet on the inside.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Dan Foster Dan Foster on Feb 20, 2015

    I don't like anywhere near a city. My Fiat 500 equipped with snow tires handles like a small SUV. All you really need is snow tires, great weight distribution and great gas mileage for winter and this has it all.