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MY2023 Fiat 500 announced for Australia, joins Abarth 500e electric hot hatch

Fiat Australia has confirmed the MY2023 Fiat 500, which is available in a single trim called the Dolcevita. It joins the recently announced 500e fully electric micro machine.

The model year 2023 Fiat 500 Dolcevita is described as offering a charming Italian design, featuring a fixed glass roof and chrome exterior trimmings including for the exhaust tips, as standard.

Power comes from a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces a mighty 51kW of power and 102Nm of torque, connected up to a five-speed automated manual transmission.

Fiat claims 0-100km/h can be achieved in 12.9 seconds, while the official average fuel consumption is rated at 4.8L/100km. The petite model weighs just 920kg, which is sure to provide a fun driving experience.

As standard, the new model comes with a 7.0-inch TFT instrument cluster display and a 7.0-inch touch-screen media interface, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, voice control, and digital radio.

MY2023 Fiat 500 Dolcevita colour options for Australia

There’s also climate control, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring, and auto headlights and wipers, with rear parking sensors. Buyers can then choose from a range of colour combinations for the exterior and interior.

Fiat announced the Abarth 500e last week as well if you prefer electric power. It comes with a 42kWh battery that provides a range of 252km, while supplying energy to a 113.7kW/235Nm electric motor.

2023 Abarth 500e - yellow

Acceleration from 0-100km/h is taken can of in a brisk 7.0 seconds, and the battery pack can take in a maximum charge of 85kW via a DC system with a CCS2 combo socket.

The 500e is arriving in showrooms later this year in a single trim level as well called the Scorpionissima, but a Turismo variant will arrive in 2024.

The regular Fiat 500 is available in showrooms now. Prices start from the following for these new models (excluding on-road costs):

MY2023 Fiat 500 Dolcevita: $27,220

Abarth 500e Turismo: $58,900
Abarth 500e Abarth Scorpionissima: $60,500

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic, but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.
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