Fiat comes with a sweetener

Motoring enthusiasts rarely agree on anything.

But one name invariably makes the short list when the question arises, “What’s the world’s cutest ever car?” –  that’s the Fiat 500.

In its current iconic form, the Fiat 500, appropriately nicknamed Bambino (as in a baby), was introduced in 1957.

Now, 66 years later, the just-released MY23 model — is called the Dolcevita.

That’s Italian for the sweet life and although several sizes larger, it is clearly recognisable as a direct descendant.

The Dolcevita first sold here in 2021 as a special edition, but subsequently added as a permanent model to the 500 range.

Now, with the line-up consolidated, it’s the only model.

It’s available now at Fiat dealerships, priced from $27,220 plus on-road costs.

External features include a fixed glass roof with sun blind, LED daytime running lights, halogen fog lights, power adjustable heated exterior mirrors and chrome exterior highlights.

With the 2023 upgrade, the 500 Dolcevita, gets newly-designed black fabric seats monogramed with Fiat.

The interior can be personalised with the choice of black or ivory steering wheel and surrounding accents.

Dolcevita is equipped with automatic climate control, tyre pressure monitoring system, cruise control, speed limiter, rear parking sensors as well as dusk and rain sensors.

Infotainment features include a 7.0-inch instrument cluster and 7.0-Inch touchscreen with AM/FM/DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth USB Media Management and integrated voice control.

Eight colours are available: Gelato White, Bi Colour White and Black, Passione Red, Sicilla Orange, Pompei Grey, Rugiada Green, Blu Ottanio and Vesuvio Black.

Dolcevita has been enhanced with elements of the previous Lusso option pack, that are now standard, such as the tinted rear and side windows.

Orders can be placed through the Fiat website or at any Fiat dealership.


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