New Fiat 500 Abarth Models Show How Much Better Fiat Is In Europe

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  1. Calliers

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    Fiat's lineup has been all but eliminated in the United States, with the 2021 Fiat 500X acting as the Italian brand's lone remaining model. FCA will reportedly build a new Fiat-branded SUV in Poland, which is rumored to feature a convertible roof. A convertible SUV is somewhat intriguing, but based on the failures of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and Range Rover Evoque Convertible, we don't think it will singlehandedly save the Fiat brand here in the US.

    The new Fiat 500 electric model might do the trick, but even that could be too small to attract American buyers. There's a genuine chance that the recent FCA-PSA Group merger could spell the end for Fiat in the US, as even the historic Chrysler brand is reported to be on the chopping block. Fiat never established a foothold here in the US, and a recent announcement from the company's Abarth division shows us what we've been missing.

    The Fiat 500 Abarth may be dead in America, along with the entire 500 range, but the sporty hatchback/convertible is still offered in Europe for the 2021 model year. In fact, Abarth now offers four sporty variants that were never offered stateside. These include the base 595, Turismo, Competizione, and Essesse models. All four use the same 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder offered on the US-spec 500 Abarth, but there's more power on tap.

    Source: carbuzz

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