2014 Fiat 500 updated, more power for 875cc TwinAir

The updated 2014 Fiat 500 will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, sporting minor styling tweaks, improved in-car tech, and a revised engine.

2014 Fiat 500 update-front

Starting with the interior, Fiat has implemented a new 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster. It houses all on-board gauges, trip settings, and engine settings into the one unit. This is the first time such technology has appeared in a car in this segment.

Under the bonnet, the quirky little 875cc TwinAir two-cylinder turbo engine has been revised and now produces 77kW of power and 145Nm of torque in Sport mode. The figures jump up from the outgoing 63kW/145 output. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 10 seconds.

2014 Fiat 500 update-dash

The new engine offers the driver an Eco mode as well which brings power down to 72kW/120Nm in the name of saving fuel. With the help of stop-start technology, the little unit offers an average consumption rate of just 4.2L/100km.

In terms of exterior updates, there’s no major changes but there are plenty of trimming and detail updates, and some new colours and wheels. There’s now a ‘Cult’ variant too which comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome and black highlights, and rear parking sensors.

Fiat Australia is yet to announce local specifications and pricing. We’ll keep you updated.

UPDATE: Fiat Australia has confirmed the new model will arrive Down Under during the third quarter of this year. Pricing and specifications are yet to be finalised.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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