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by Tim Beissmann

The new Fiat 500 by Diesel just launched in Australia is powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine. Confused? Let us explain.

The ‘Fiat 500 by Diesel’ is a collaborative design by the Fiat Styling Centre and famous Italian fashion house, Diesel.

Just 100 Fiat 500 by Diesel models have been made available to Australian customers, and each one carries a $1000 price premium over the standard car upon which it is based.

On the outside, it scores a green and indigo blue combination paint job, 16-inch Diesel alloy wheels, unique side moldings, satin-finish mirrors, grille, and rear panel with retro air intakes, as well as plenty of Diesel badges.

The interior gets denim-style cloth upholstery including ‘jeans pockets’, electric sunroof, climate control, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and, for the first time in Australia, Blue&Me satellite navigation.

Mechanically it is exactly the same as the standard Fiat 500 sold in Australia, which means it produces 74kW and 131Nm and uses 6.3 litres/100km of petrol on the combined cycle.

For the record, the Fiat 500 is available overseas with a 1.3-litre diesel engine. It produces 71kW of power, 200Nm of torque and uses just 3.9 litres/100km on the combined cycle. Fiat’s Australian importer, Ateco Automotive, has no plans to introduce this model to local showrooms.

2011 Fiat 500 by Diesel manufacturer’s list prices (excluding dealer and government charges):

  • 500 by Diesel manual – $25,990
  • 500 by Diesel automatic – $27,990



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