Home > Car Brands > D-E-F > Fiat > 500

Fiat Adds Luxury to Market Leading Economy!

April 3rd, 2008

Just months after its Australian launch, Fiat is adding a new variant to the award-winning 500 range with arrival of the Fiat 500 1.3 JTD Lounge, matching market-leading fuel economy of just 4.2 litres per 100 km with the top trim and equipment package to produce a unique combination of luxury, economy and chic style.

“The launch of this car in Australia is a clear sign of marked change in the market’s attitude to diesel,” says Edward Butler, General Manager for Fiat cars in Australia. “Diesel is no longer associated just with basic, economy motoring. Australian customers increasingly want the economy and environmental ability of diesel matched to a chic, luxurious car and cars don’t come much more stylish and chic than the 500 or, with the top of the line Lounge equipment package, luxurious. This new model is a response to demands from Australian customers for a range-topping specification 500 with the advanced Turbo Diesel engine.”

In Australia, as in every market in which it has been launched, the Fiat 500 has been an outstanding success, with demand running well ahead of supply. Fiat provided customers with details of the new car months ahead of the first deliveries, so that customers eager to be the first owners of the new 500 could specify their new car to their personal requirements. Deliveries have just started and the Fiat 500 is sold out for the next four months.

“We are working with Fiat to get an extra allocation of cars for Australia for 2008,” explains Mr Butler. “But even with the boost in Australian supplies for which we have asked, there’s little doubt that demand will continue to run well ahead of supply.”

At launch the Fiat 500 equipped with Fiat’s advanced 1.3 Multijet Turbo Diesel came with the ‘Pop’ equipment package, which is, by no means, a basic package, including as it does air conditioning, trip computer, electric front windows, remote central locking, ABS brakes and six airbags to give it class leading EuroNCAP five star safety.

However, the lounge pack takes the luxury and style to a new level for the highly economical Fiat 500 JTD.

The air conditioning system becomes a climate control unit, a fixed glass roof with a sun blind is standard, as is the chrome exterior trim pack, alloy wheels, front fog lights, the Blue&Me voice-activated Bluetooth communications package with steering wheel mounted controls, leather steering wheel and gearknob, and luxury cloth interior with the option of a leather trimmed interior. The Lounge pack also adds electronic stability control (ESC), hill holder, HBA and traction control as part of its comprehensive equipment package.

With the 1.3 JTD engine, the Fiat 500 guarantees excellent performance: it has a top speed of 165 kmh and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.5 seconds. Fuel consumption is, quite simply, the best on the market: 5.3 l/100 km in the urban cycle, 3.6 l/100 km out of town and 4.2 l/100 km in the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions are among the lowest on the market at just 111 g/km.

The straight-4 engine with a capacity of 1248 cc, a bore of 69.6 mm and a ‘long’ stroke of 82 mm is fitted with a Borg-Warner fixed geometry turbo with a waste-gate and an intercooler and delivers a maximum of 55 kW at 4000 rpm and torque of 145 Nm at 1500 rpm. There are four valves per cylinder, governed directly by a twin overhead camshaft with maintenance-free hydraulic tappets and automatic play take-up.

That is not all. The 1.3 Multijet 16v is a miniature masterpiece: ‘dressed’ with all its accessories, it weighs just 130 kg, it is small, just 50 cm long and 65 cm tall, and the component layout was designed to take up as little space as possible. Designed by criteria of maximum rationality, efficiency and reliability, the engine guarantees excellent efficiency and is practically ‘for life’: it was designed to travel 250,000 km without needing any maintenance to the mechanical components.

The compact, sophisticated engine is also extremely eco-friendly, thanks to an emissions control system that envisages an EGR valve triggered electronically and managed directly by the engine control system, a heat exchanger to cool recirculating exhaust gas (EGR) and a ‘close coupled’ catalytic converter. A particulate trap (DPF), the ‘for life’ system that abates fine dust and does not need additives to be regenerated, is standard equipment.

The 55 kW 1.3 Multijet 16v therefore represents a technological leap forward which, for the customer, translates into lower consumption and emissions, without even taking into consideration the reduction in noise (due to the multiple injections), the increase in comfort (fewer alternating masses means less vibration), the smooth, responsive steering (due to the really smooth torque delivery, which is guaranteed by the improved combustion control), the torquiness and prompt response of a diesel that resembles a petrol engine with its wide engine speed range (for example, there is no longer a fuel ‘cut-out’ just above 4000 rpm), and the ecological elements that enhance the diesel’s main environmental credentials (low fuel consumption and particulate reduction)

The new Fiat 500 JTD Lounge has a recommended retail price of $28,990 and is available to order now.

The New Fiat 500
Technical Specifications
  1.2 Petrol 1.4 Petrol 1.3 JTD
Number of cylinders, layout 4 in line 4 in line 4 in line
Capacity (cc) 1242 1368 1248
Bore x stroke (mm) 70.8 x 78.9 72.0 x 84.0 69.6 x 82.0
Compression ratio 11.1:1 10.8:1 17.6:1
Max. power (kW) 51 74 55
at rpm 5500 6000 4000
Peak torque (Nm) 102 131 145
at rpm 3000 4250 1500
Fuel system  Timed MPI sequential electronic Common rail multijet direct injection, intercooler
Timing Gear 1 OHC, mechancical tappets 2 OHC, hydraulic tappets Rocker fingers with hydraulic tappets
Number of valves 8 16 16
Ignition Electronic with static advance combined with ignition NA
Transmission 1.2 PETROL 1.4 PETROL 1.3 JTD
Drive Front Front Front
1st 3.909 3.545 3.909
2nd 2.158 2.158 2.158
3rd 1.48 1.48 1.345
4th 1.121 1.121 0.974
5th 0.897 0.921 0.766
6th  - 0.766  -
Reverse 3.818 3.818 3.818
Dual logic transmission  opt opt  -
Type Electro hydraulic robotized manual gearbox  
1st 3.909 3.909 NA
2nd 2.158 2.158 NA
3rd 1.48 1.48 NA
4th 1.121 1.121 NA
5th 0.897 0.897 NA
6th  -  - NA
Reverse 3.818 3.818 NA
Performance 1.2 PETROL 1.4 PETROL 1.3 JTD
Top Speed (kmh) 170 182 175
Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 12.5 10.5 11.5
Fuel Consumption (l/100 km) 
City Cycle 6.4 8.2 5.3
Highway Cycle 4.3 5.2 3.6
Combined 5.1 6.3 4.2
CO2 emissions (g/km) 119 149 111
Fuel Tank (litres) 35 35 35
Diesel Particulate Filter  -  - std
Wheels 1.2 PETROL 1.4 PETROL 1.3 JTD
Tyres 175/65 R14 185/55 R15 175/65 R14
Space saver space wheel std std std
Type Rack & pinion with Dualdrive electrical power steering
Turning Circle (m) 9.28 10.6 9.28
Front Independent McPherson with lower wishbones and anti roll bar
Rear Torsion beam rear suspension
Brakes 1.2 PETROL 1.4 PETROL 1.3 JTD
  ABS with EBD ABS with EBD ABS with EBD
Front (mm) Solid Disc Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
   240mm 257mm  240mm
(Sport 284mm)
Rear (mm) Drum Solid Disc Drum
  180mm 240mm 180mm
Dimensions 1.2 PETROL 1.4 PETROL 1.3 JTD
Length 3546 3546 3546
Width 1627 1627 1627
Height 1488 1488 1488
Track front/rear 1413/1407 1414/1408 1413/1407
Wheelbase (mm) 2300 2300 2300
Luggage Space (l) rear seats up/down 185/550 185/550 185/550
Fuel tank (l) 35 35 35
Kerb weight 865 930 980
Payload 440 440 440
The New Fiat 500
Equipment and Features
Air Conditioning std std  -
Climate Control Air-conditioning  -  - std
Trip Computer std std std
Power windows std std std
Remote Central Locking std std std
Fixed glass sunroof with blind  -  - std
Sports instrumentation   - std  -
Height adjustable front head rests std std std
Height adjustable rear headrests std std std
Height adjust steering wheel std std std
Height adjustable drivers seat  -  - std
50/50 split fold rear seat std std std
Lockable fuel cap std std std
Passenger seat storage  -  - std
Red Brake Calipers  - std  -
Chrome exterior mirrors  -  - std
Side bump strips with provision for personalised badges  - std std
Sport side moulds  - std  -
Chrome Kit opt  - std
Luxury leather steering wheel opt  - std
Sport leather steering wheel  - std  -
Leather covered gear knob opt std std
Darkened tint rear windows  - std  -
Cigarette Lighter  - std std
Rear Spoiler  - std  -
Chrome Door Sills  - std std
Seat back pockets  -  - std
ABS with EBD std std std
Dual stage driver and passenger airbags std std std
Side Airbags std std std
Window Airbags std std std
Drivers Knee Airbag std std std
Front seat pretensioners with load limiter std std std
Anti-submarining front seats std std std
Stability & Traction Control,  HBA & Hill holder 1.4 litre std std
Front foglights 1.4 litre  std std
6 speaker MP3 Compatible CD Player std std std
Steering Wheel mounted audio controls opt std std
Bluetooth handsfree mobile connection with steering wheel mounted controls opt std std
USB media connection port opt std std
Electronic Sky Dome sunroof with sunblind opt opt opt
Chrome Kit (Chrome inserts on side windows, exhaust pipe, front & rear bumper inserts & gear lever surround) opt  - std
Luxury Pack(Leather steering wheel and gear knob, Bluetooth phone connection & USB media connection port opt std std
15" Lounge Alloy Wheels (431) opt  - std
15" Sport Alloy Wheels (432) opt std  -
16" Funky Alloy Wheels (435)  - opt opt
16" Hot Alloy Wheels (420)  - opt opt
Metallic Paint opt opt opt
Pastel Paint opt opt opt
Leather Seat  opt opt opt
 - Black opt opt opt
 - Red/Ivory opt  - opt
 - Red Black opt opt opt
 - Vintage Brown/Ivory opt  - opt
Decal Options opt opt opt
 - 500 Side Stripes opt opt opt
 - 500 Roof & Bonnet Stripes opt opt opt
 - Roof & Bonnet Barcode opt opt opt
 - Italia Side Stripes opt opt opt
 - Italia Roof & Bonnet Stripes opt opt opt
 - Chequered Roof opt opt  -
 - Twin Roof & Bonnet Stripe opt opt  -

  • Print this article!
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • Digg
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • TwitThis
  • Technorati
  • del.icio.us
  • Propeller
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Mixx
  • Facebook

Leave a comment