The 2021 Abarth 595 has received a mild update in Europe to usher in the new year, adding new trim and equipment options – and it could be in Australian showrooms in the second half of this year.
Four variants – all available in 595 hatch and 595C convertible body styles – will be offered to European buyers: the eponymous '595' base grade, plus Turismo (pictured in grey), Competizione (pictured in blue) and Esseesse (pictured in white).
All models gain new start-up and shutdown screens for the 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a renamed Sport mode, now known as Scorpion mode, a nod to Abarth's red-and-yellow scorpion logo.
The Turismo gains new leather seats (available in Helmet Brown, among other colours), while the flagship Esseesse picks up new titanium tailpipes for its Akrapovic sports exhaust system.
Competizione models benefit from the greatest improvements, scoring new 17-inch alloy wheels inspired by the legendary Lancia Delta Integrale rally car of the 1990s and an array of new personalisation options, including Rally Blue matte paint, Rally Blue or Scorpion Black finishes for the exterior body kit, an Alcantara-trimmed dashboard (below), new leather seat trims and a carbon-fibre gear selector.
There's also the option of a new 480-watt Beats sound system, comprising seven speakers: two tweeters, two 'midwoofers', two full-range speakers and a subwoofer under the boot floor (in place of the spare wheel).
Few changes have occurred under the bonnet, with all variants retaining their 2020 equivalents' 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, now certified for stricter Euro 6d emissions regulations.
Entry-level 595 models in Europe develop 107kW of power and 206Nm of torque, the mid-spec 595 Turismo produces 121kW and 230Nm, while the flagship Competizione and Esseesse extract 132kW and 250Nm.
A choice of five-speed manual or five-speed 'automated manual' self-shifting transmissions (with paddle shifters) are on offer.
Features exclusive to the hi-po flagships include a Garrett GT1446 turbocharger (larger in diameter than their range-mates), a mechanical limited-slip front differential, Koni FSD sports dampers and Brembo brakes measuring 305mm up front and 240mm at the rear, and clamped by fixed aluminium calipers.
The 2021 Abarth 595 range is now available to order in Europe.
CarAdvice understands the updated model is due in Australia in the second half of this year, however Abarth's local arm is yet to officially confirm exact timing and pricing.