A cheeky first teaser of what could be the new Fiat 500T model appears in the Italian brand’s latest US television commercial along with the rest of the Fiat 500 range destined for North America.
Long rumoured in the US to slot between the naturally aspirated 74kW Fiat 500 Sport and turbocharged 120kW Fiat 500 Abarth, the dark grey Fiat 500T (for Turbo) is spotted rounding a corner in what looks like Abarth body work and Sport wheels as various 500s make their way from Italy to America via land and sea.
Reports suggest a 500T could hit the balance between price and performance coming in cheaper than the top-spec Abarth and with the same turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine, albeit slightly de-tuned to match the 100kW produced by the European-specification Abarth.
Giving more weight to the idea, a release about the ad from the Chrysler Group refers to the commercial as featuring the “Fiat 500 product portfolio”.
Chrysler says it was shot in both Italy and New York and includes scenes from Amalfi and Sorrento, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges and Madison Square Park.
Fiat Australia’s range is currently made up of four models: the 85kW/145Nm 875cc turbocharged two-cylinder Fiat 500 TwinAir hatch and 500C TwinAir convertible, and the 118kW/230Nm Abarth 500 Esseesse in both hardtop and convertible body styles.