Italian auto manufacturer Fiat introduced their 500 model to the world all the way back in 1957. The Fiat 500 was a rear-engined, four seat, city car that could be had in two-door saloon or two-door station wagon guise. The little Fiat 500 stayed in production for 18 long years from 1957 to 1975 and it quickly became a popular choice for motorists around Europe and other parts of the world, this was primarily because of the 500’s affordable purchase price and cheap running costs. However, in 1975 the Fiat 500 was discontinued and let’s be honest, Fiat never properly replaced the little 500.
Fast forward 31 years to 2006 and Fiat announced that they would be bringing back the little 500 and by March, 2007, exactly 50 years after the original Fiat 500 was unveiled, Fiat pulled the covers off of the new Fiat 500. The second generation Fiat 500 is a retro-inspired, modern day take on the original, and it is probably one of the best selling, retro-inspired city cars on sale today alongside BMW’s Mini Cooper. Available in multiple different guises the Fiat 500 has become quite a popular choice for the city motorist today and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
However, of all the different versions of the little Fiat 500 which is currently offered by Fiat, it is the rather big Fiat 500X which has always got my attention. For those of you that don’t know much about the Fiat 500X here is some information for you. The Fiat 500X is a sub compact crossover SUV which is based on the Fiat 500 and is closely related to the Jeep Renegade. The Fiat 500X was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and in the last five years it has proved to be quite a good seller for Fiat. In fact, just last year Fiat managed to sell 95,000 examples of the 500X in Europe but this figure increases when we take into account sales figures from the rest of the world.
So then, it is pretty apparent that the Fiat 500X is a decent little SUV, but lets be honest it is a little bit bland both inside and out. Wouldn’t it be great if Fiat livened up the 500X with a few new sporty looking exterior and interior parts and maybe a few performance upgrades under the hood? Yes, that would great but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. However, not all hope is lost because recently Fiat unveiled an extremely good looking SUV Concept that we would love to see make production in the very near future.
The concept in question is simply known as the Fiat Fastback Concept and it is by far the best looking, and coolest production-intent concepts that I have never heard about until now. The Fiat Fastback Concept was presented to the global automotive community at the 2018 Sao Paulo International Auto Show and as expected, it got quite alot of attention.
The rather good looking Fiat Fastback Concept features a very futuristic design, that seems to mimic the designs of other Coupe Crossover’s from a vast array of different manufacturers. As a result, the Fiat Fastback Concept features two-tier headlights with narrow upper portions, a distinct sloping roofline, a camera system which replaces the traditional side view mirrors and a set of flush exterior door handles. However despite looking absolutely awesome, freelance designer Aksyonov Nikita decided it needed to be livened up a little bit more so he rendered the stunning Fiat Fastback Concept in sporty Abarthform, and we just happen to have his renderings for you.
This is it, what you are no doubt drooling over is the AbarthFastback Concept and doesn’t it just look absolutely fantastic? Yes, it does still look largely identical to the Fiat Fastback Concept but designer Aksyonov Nikita has added a few bespoke touches. As a result, it seems that Aksyonov Nikita has rendered the Abarth Fastback Concept in road form, therefore the vehicle in these renderings feature regular side view mirrors instead of cameras, headlights from the Fiat 500X and a set of smaller tires. In order to make the exterior pop, designer AksyonovNikita also added a set of traditional Abarth stickers which run down the side of the vehicle, and they look fantastic might I add.
Unfortunately there is no confirmation if the Fiat Fastback Concept will ever make production, however a good looking, desirable Sports Activity Coupe is exactly what both Fiat and Abarth need right now. However, we highly doubt that Fiat will have a suitable engine for such a good looking vehicle but let’s not forget that Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari are all owned by the Fiat Group. All I can do is hope that Fiat put the Fastback Concept into production soon, and I would love to see an Alfa Romeo Giulia/Stelvio QV engine crammed into it’s engine bay.