JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Fiat SA has announced the arrival of two new ”top-of-the-range” Fiat Star and Rockstar models for its 2020 Fiat 500 range – models regarded as leaders in the small-car segment in Europe and FCA’s best-selling car globally for 2018/19.
The iconic Fiat 500 (still called so though it now has an 850cc turbo engine) the automaker says, was reborn in 2007 to “brighten up” the daily lives and streets of the whole world and became a unique solution to international urban mobility.
It was backed by a history of commercial successes and in recent years released a whole vehicular family bearing its name – 500, 500X and 500L models which, Fiat adds, ”will soon reach a combined three-million sales in Europe.
ALWAYS IN FASHION…
Luca Napolitano, head of EMEA Fiat and Abarth brands, told The Corner in a media release: “These are outstanding figures for a model that has never gone out of fashion through its 12-year history. Now come the 500 Star and 500 Rockstar…
Fiat believes it has exploited the model’s two personalities: ‘elegant and sporty. Lounge trim has been refined to the new Star and Sport and the new, ”even more dynamic” Rockstar to prime sales to a younger market with the Lounge and Sport made more affordable and connected by offering the Uconnect 7″ HD Live touchscreen radio (yes, Apple CarPlay-ready and compatible with Android Auto) standard.
the Fiat 500 has been offered, through the current models’ 12-year lifetime, in more than 40 body colours and these the newest models will have a new ceramic-look mica colour with pink tints of the Star trim and new matte green for the Rockstar.
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”Craftsmanship and refined elegance,” Fiat says, ”also characterise the Star and Rockstar cabins. The 500 Rockstar has a central band on the seat covers. Like Rockstar trim, the Star has original interiors available in two colour combinations: white sand and black or, in the new Matelassé finish, with details in faux leather and an embroidered 500 logo.
Both models, in South Africa, will be available in hatch and cabriolet bodies, differentiated by 16” wheel-rim styles but all will be powered by a Fiat TwinAir, turbocharged, petrol engine capable of 62.5kW at 5500rpm and 145Nm at 1900rpm. The automaker suggests four litres/100km is possible.
The newcomers are covered by Fiat’s three-years or 100 000km* warranty. Prices start at R219 900 for either Star or Rockstar and R259 900 for Star or Rockstar Cabriolets. Automatic transmission costs an extra R13 000.