The new Fiat 500 supermini has been exposed in production-ready detail in pictures leaked by one of the company’s accessory suppliers. The pictures you’re looking at were discovered circulating the internet earlier this week, and they show ahead of Turin’s official unveiling that the reinterpreted Italian classic will be a close match for the Trepiuno concept that proved so popular at the Geneva motor show two years ago. Fiat will position the new 500 as a value-for-money model to make it much more affordable than the new Mini, according to commercial director Luca de Meo. “We start with a totally different perspective to the Mini,” says de Meo, “the history of the 500 is very different. It was much more a car of the people and cheap transport for Italian families, more than the chic, swinging-60s image of the Mini.”
Although Fiat has yet to reveal pricing ahead of the sales launch at Frankfurt next September, de Mayo said the 500 would be priced between the Panda and Grande Punto. That suggests a starting price of around £8000, rising to at least £11,000 for higher spec versions, but much cheaper than the Mini.
De Meo also hinted at an Abarth version, a hot-hatch model likely to undercut the Mini Cooper S by several thousand pounds.