Fiat celebrates 120 years of history at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show will see Fiat present its new 500 “120th” family. Available on 500, 500X and 500L, the new range celebrates Fiat’s 120th birthday, a milestone that very few car manufacturers around the world have reached. The Swiss event will also witness the début of the new Panda Connected by Wind and 5-Door Tipo Sport, the result of the cooperation between Fiat and Wind, one of Italy’s leading telecommunications provider.
Visitors to the show can become familiar with Fiat’s idea of connectivity across the range: something that is always simple, democratic, safe and intuitive. These are the cornerstones of the Fiat tradition: offering technological solutions that are innovative but user-friendly, and just as capable of meeting modern daily mobility requirements as they are of accommodating the increasing focus of society on safety and communication.
A lot has changed since 11 July 1899, when the “Società Anonima Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili – Torino” was established, but its perception of the car and the way in which it is experienced has remained unchanged.
The 500 “120th” family
Geneva will host the world preview of the new celebratory range: 500X “120th” 1.0 FireFly Turbo with 120hp, 500 “120th” 0.9 Twin Air with 85hp and 500L “120th” 1.3 Multijet with 95hp. All three vehicles sport a sophisticated two-colour Tuxedo livery (black and white), an all-new feature for 500X.
The Tuxedo livery is accessorised with an exclusive matching key cover, copper-coloured details and elegant interior upholstery. The family also bear a special Fiat logo, with celebratory “120th” wording combined with the well-known connectivity or streaming symbol.
The new 500 “120th” family offers Uconnect 7-inch HD LIVE touchscreen, which is Apple CarPlayTM ready and Android AutoTM compatible as standard. Apple CarPlay lets drivers control their iPhone® using the Uconnect touchscreen, enabling drivers access to Apple Maps, Apple Music, send and receive messages, make phone calls and more through Siri® or the 7-inch touchscreen. Android AutoTM integrates an Android phone with the Uconnect® touchscreen to make it easy for the user to benefit from full connectivity while safely keeping their hands on the wheel.
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Fiat 500X “120th”
For the very first time, the Italian crossover is available with a two-colour livery. As well as the black and white Tuxedo combination, it is also available in a choice of Pearl Tuxedo (Pearl White and black) and Silver Tuxedo (Silver Grey and black) colourways with black dashboard or Gelato White, Pearl White, Silver Grey and Cinema Black with matching dashboard. The Tuxedo livery also features black caps on the wingmirrors, Cinema Black side sills, chrome window frames and 16-inch (or 17-inch on request) alloy wheels with dark finish and full LED headlights. Inside, the car features copper coloured upholstery, control panel fascia and vinyl armrests on the doors. The 500X “120th” is also big on comfort, thanks to a full range of standard equipment including dusk and rain sensors, automatic headlights and parking guide system. The exclusive celebratory logo completes the look. A choice of four engines are available on the 500X “120th”: 1.0 FireFly Turbo with 120hp, 1.6 E-torq with 110hp, 1.3 Multijet with 95hp and 1.6 Multijet with 120hp, all with 5 or 6-gear manual transmission.
Fiat 500 “120th”
The iconic 500 will also be on display in its “120th” guise, flaunting its new two-colour Tuxedo livery, enhanced by the chrome sill on the bonnet and 16-inch alloy wheels with copper finish. The passenger compartment sports a black dashboard and exclusive pinstripe (black with vertical stripes) seat upholstery, with embroidered “500” logo. Fully equipped – featuring fog lamps, 50/50 rear seat and bespoke mats – and available in the hatchback and convertible versions, the 500 “120th” is available with the 1.2 69hp engine, the 0.9 Twin Air engine with 85hp or the 1.2 LPG engine with 69hp. The vehicle also comes in a choice of Cortina Grey, Carrara Grey, Vesuvius Black, Ice White and Gelato White shades.
Fiat 500L “120th”
The new Fiat 120th family is completed by the 500L, also featuring the elegant two-colour Tuxedo livery (black and white). This is enhanced by Myron details on the bumpers, side sills and two-colour 17-inch alloy wheels, complete with black and chrome finish details on the front grille. A sophisticated black fascia on the dashboard, and exclusive seats upholstered in grey fabric and black eco-leather, enhanced by copper-coloured stitching and the “500” logo set the interior ambiance. The Fiat 500L “120th” also has fog lamps, dusk and rain sensors and rear parking sensors as standard. Customers can choose from the 95hp 1.4-litre Fire petrol engine with 6-speed manual transmission, the 95hp 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbodiesel with manual or Dualogic robotised transmission or the 120hp 1.6 MultiJet paired with manual transmission. As well as the classic two-colour Tuxedo version in black and white, other paint options include Gelato White, Cinema Black, Maestro Grey and Moda Grey, or the two-colour Maestro Tuxedo (Maestro Grey with a black roof) and Moda Tuxedo (Moda Grey and black top).
Panda Connected by Wind, celebrating 120 years of Fiat history at 4G speed
Geneva will also see the debut of the new Panda Connected by Wind special edition, the result of a partnership between Fiat and Wind, part of Wind Tre, a major player in the Italian telecommunications market. Available in Italy from April, the car has a dedicated new look and is equipped with 4G internet connectivity courtesy of the “WINDPACK”. To celebrate its 120th anniversary, Fiat in cooperation with Wind, will be offering mobile connectivity to the customers of the new special edition on the go through a Wi-Fi router, capable of connecting up to 15 devices, and SIM with 50GB of monthly data 12 months, all included in the price.
The Panda Connected by Wind sports a special celebratory badge showing the number “120” and the expression “Connected by Wind”, in addition to the gloss black accents on the skid plate, door handles and the 15-inch bi-colour wheels. Its white livery is paired with two optional exclusive features, namely a black roof and orange mirror caps, colours that characterise the Wind brand. Black fabric seats, embellished by white and green contrasting seams, Radio U-Connect Mobile and a special smartphone cradle complete the specification.
The Tipo Sport 5-Door – the top-of-the-range version developed in collaboration with Mopar – will make its debut at the Swiss Motor Show, in white with a contrasting black roof, wing mirrors and door handles. Equipped with a 1.6 Multijet 120hp engine with DCT automatic transmission, the Tipo Sport on display adds new front and rear sports bumpers, side skirts, rear diffuser, roof spoiler and the unique fog light bezel. The sporty look is completed by Gloss Black 18-inch alloy wheels with diamond finish (optional made by Mopar) and wide grille. The same exclusiveness continues inside with a Total Black ambiance that includes leather and fabric seats, with embellished double-stitched seams, and cross-pattern techno-leather upholstery on steering wheel and gear lever. Connectivity comes as standard with UconnectTM 7-inch HD LIVE touchscreen, which is Apple CarPlay-ready and Android AutoTM-compatible.
A selection of Authentic Accessories, developed Mopar, will also be on show on the Fiat stand alongside new licensing collaboration projects. Visitors to the Fiat stand can admire the Gabs Collection, dedicated to the iconic FIAT 500. The colourful “SS19” collection will see its debut, encompassing the values shared by Fiat and Gabs: style, design, colour and recognisability ‘Made in Italy’. “500 Happy People” will also showcase their cartoon-style illustrated prints which focus on travel. A new collection of products, available at Fiat retailers, celebrating the brand’s famous acronym (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino), as well as exclusive Geneva Motor Show limited edition “FIAT Centoventi – made in FIAT” T-shirts, will be available to purchase at the show.