Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today announced that the pint-sized Fiat 500 city car is moving to an all-turbocharged engine lineup for 2018, with the ordinary Pop and Lounge models ditching their shared normally-aspirated engine for a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo mill capable of producing up to 135 horsepower – 34 more than the outgoing powerplant – along with 150 lb-ft of torque. The engine will come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission in both models, with a 6-speed automatic available as an option.
“With an all-turbo lineup, the iconic Fiat 500 now offers an even more dynamic driving experience and more standard horsepower than any of its competitors,” says Fiat Chrysler’s new Head of Passenger Car Brands in North America, Steve Beahm. “In fact, the entire FIAT brand lineup now comes standard with turbocharged power, adding to our roster of fun-to-drive, Italian-designed vehicles.”
The 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine is essentially a de-tuned version of the 160-horsepower/183-lb-ft motor in the performance-oriented Fiat 500 Abarth and the sporty Fiat 124 Spider, featuring a single turbocharger, twin intercoolers, and a sport-tuned exhaust.
In addition to their new, turbocharged powerplant, the Pop and Lounge Fiat 500 models also gain 16-inch wheels, new body-color front and rear fascias, rocker ground effects, a sporty new spoiler, fog lamps, and boastful “Turbo” tailgate badging. Additional performance tweaks include a “performance” braking system, sport suspension, and a ParkView rear backup camera, according to FCA.
Also new for the 2018 Fiat 500: three new exterior colors, which will become available later in the year. Those colors – Brillante Red, Mezzanotte Blue Pearl, and Vesuvio Black Pearl – will take the total number of available exterior colors up to eleven.