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New Star and Rockstar models head up a summer sales blitz for the Fiat 500

By Paul Connolly

Fiat has added two new models to its 500 range of funky city cars as part of a summer upgrade.

Two new versions, Star and Rockstar, have been added to the top of the iconic little car’s range.

The new models are available in both hatchback and cabriolet guise, while all 500 models from Lounge trim upwards now come with the Uconnect 7-inch HD LIVE touchscreen radio – both have Apple Car Play and Android Auto – as standard.

The 500 has gone down in history as Fiat’s most popular car, which was reborn in the modern era with a retro-yet-funky look.

To the uninitiated, the Fiat 500 is a two-door, four-passenger, front wheel drive city car that comes in a range of body styles including coupe and cabriolet.

It is styled on the famous 1957 Fiat 500, nicknamed the Bambino (little baby), which became an icon of Italian style.

The Bambino sold over 4 million models between 1957 and 1975, and revolutionised motoring in post-war Italy.

The modern 500 first went on sale in 2007, half a century after the first car appeared.

Other larger models using the 500 badge have appeared, but they are much bigger than the 500 itself.

The new Fiat 500 Star features a new metallic Powder Pink paint matched with chrome details, 16-inch alloys and fixed glass roof as standard.

Inside, you’ll find version new upholstery available in two colour combinations, white sand and black, and in the elegant new Matelassé finish with techno-leather details and bordeaux embroidered 500 logo.

The dashboard, which until now was only available in matching bodycolour, can now be chosen in one of the two new shades; matt white or matt Bordeaux.

It comes available as a hatchback or convertible with a choice of a 1.2-litre 69hp petrol engine, with manual or Dualogic automatic transmission, or the 0.9-litre 85hp petrol Twin Air engine with six-speed manual transmission.

The new 500 Rockstar version stands out from the rest of the pack with a look that combines the bumpers and the side sills from the 500 Sport model, with details such as the fixed glass roof, 16-inch alloys and satin finish chrome bodywork details.

The cabin continues the sporty theme with seats bearing pinstripe fabric centres, edged by side panels with grey or blue details and finished in black eco leather.

Like the Star version, the new 500 Rockstar also offers two new dashboard colours: matt dark green and matt grey.

The Fiat 500 Rockstar can be bought in hatchback or cabriolet guise with a choice of petrol engines; 1.2-litre 69hp, with manual or Dualogic automatic transmission, or the 0.9-litre 85hp Twin Air with five-speed manual transmission.

To celebrate its 120th anniversary, Fiat customers who purchase a vehicle from the new 500 range, will receive up to 6 months free of Apple Music.

Fiat says this means customers will be able to stream millions of songs ad-free, including from a specially curated playlist called “120 Years of Songs”.

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