Fiat applied minor updates to the standard version of its 500 hatchback earlier this year and it’s now readying to apply similar touches to the high-performance version of the tiny runabout, the 500 Abarth.
CarScoops photographers recently caught a 2016 500 Abarth prototype hitching a ride on the back of a car carrier somewhere in Europe. While the car is heavily draped in pre-production camouflage, it’s still possible to make out an updated front end, a new rear fascia and all-new wheels. The more swept-back headlights, LED daytime running lights and new tail lamps from the 2016 500 will also be present on the updated Abarth.
Inside the updated dashboard from the 2016 500 will be applied featuring Fiat Chrysler’s five-inch Uconnect infotainment screen. Other new features that will carry over to the Abarth model will include the new range of safety features, a seven-inch TFT display and more upmarket seating upholstery and materials. CarScoops says a sporty new steering wheel is also on the cards.
Under the hood will be the same 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as before. It’s not clear if the engine will remain unchanged for the 2016 model year, however considering Fiat has boosted it to 190 horsepower in the 696 Biposto, we know it’s possible for the automaker to reliably extract more power from it.
Check out the photo over on CarScoops before the 2016 500 Abarth debuts next year.