Fiat-owned Chrysler has revealed the first official pictures and details of the North American version of the Fiat 500, unveiled at today's Los Angeles Auto Show.
Set to go on sale later this year in the U.S. for the first time in half a century, the 500 will be sold with the choice of three trim levels and will be powered by a 100hp, 98lb-ft Fiat 1.4-liter MultiAir gasoline engine to be built by Chrysler in Dundee, Mich. – a powerplant not yet offered in Europe. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic.
The North American Fiat 500 Sport gets softer suspension, subtly revised front and rear bumper designs, a slightly larger front grille and a revised aerodynamic package including wider sills. This model also gets 16in. aluminum alloy wheels and, red brake calipers, a chrome exhaust tip and black shadow-line window trim. Pop and Lounge trim levels will be offered, too.
Chrysler has also confirmed it will launch the 500C in North America next spring.
The L.A. Auto Show opens to the public this Friday, Nov. 19, and runs through Nov. 28, including Thanksgiving weekend.