Fiat To Bring Many Different Versions Of 500 To US

The Fiat 500 hatchback has yet to hit the United States market, but the automaker is already planning three new models for American consumption.

Americans will have to wait a few weeks before the 500 hits showrooms and while that might be a long wait for some, those that desire something a little different might have to wait a whole lot longer.

Fiat is introducing the 500 in just three basic trim levels, but in Europe, the little hatch is offered in many various forms and some of those might be heading to the United States. Leading the charge will be the 500C convertible, the coolest vehicle in the known world, expect maybe for an Aston Martin droptop.

The 500C should arrive in the United States in the second quarter of 2011, which means buyers won’t have to wait long for it to reach showrooms. The Fiat 500C will be similar to the European version, as it will feature a retractable soft-top roof but the C-pillars will remain. This setup is similar to that of the Jeep Sky Slider and it should help keep the price to a minimum.

If the convertible is a tad too cute for your liking, Fiat will be bringing the 500 Abarth to our shores during the first quarter of 2012. The European version features a 1.4-liter engine with 135 horsepower, which might not seem like much, but in a car this small, that power output is monumental. Chances are this version of the 500 will cost around $20,000 or higher. The specs for the American model have not yet been released.

Wrapping it all up will be the electric 500, which will arrive during the fourth quarter of 2012. Fiat has not released any specs on the vehicle, but many believe it will have a range well over 40 miles.

So it seems the world’s cutest car is coming to America with all of its brothers and sisters. The question still remains, however, will it sell?

[Motor Authority]

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