THE new FIAT 500 has gone on sale in the UK with important new style, comfort and technological enhancements for 2014.
A key new feature is the segment-first seven-inch TFT digital instrument display, developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli, which seamlessly combines cutting-edge technology without disrupting the trademark aesthetics of the cabin.
Standard on 500S and Cult models (and optional on Lounge versions), the layout and execution of the speedometer, rev counter and trip computer will be familiar to anyone who has driven the current FIAT 500, but the centre of the display — which contains a digital image of the car — can be configured to show various trip computer readouts, such as distance travelled, instant fuel consumption, range, an so forth.
The new TFT instrument cluster also allows for a more prominent Gear Shift Indicator, highly visible warning messages and more detailed media player, telephone and navigation information readouts, including junction graphics and real-time traffic updates when equipped with a portable TomTom 2 Live satellite navigation system. As a final touch, the TFT screen reconfigures when the Sport button is activated on models equipped with 105hp 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine.
The “eco” gauge, which measures how efficiently the driver is performing in real time, transforms into a turbo-boost gauge, emphasising the dual-personality of the new, fun-but-frugal TwinAir 105hp engine.