2016 Fiat 500 Set to Debut July 4

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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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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