A pair of "design concepts" seek to showcase the customization possibilities on the Cinquecento.
It's no secret that Chrysler
hasn't sold as many Fiat
500s in America as it initially hoped, but in 2012 over 50,000 units of the Italian retro hatchback sold - more than any year prior. So for those looking at putting a Cinquecento in their driveway but want theirs to be different from the others in the neighborhood, Fiat North America has announced two fresh takes on the sportier models in the range that will debut this week at the Detroit Auto Show.
Starting off is the Tenebra design concept, which upgrades on the Abarth model with a matte grey finish. The flat anthracite paint scheme is offset by black chrome and gloss black trim, gloss grey mirror caps and racing stripe along the lower flank and 16-inch two-tone alloys. Inside the Tenebra gets black leather seats with grey piping and stitching and carbon-fiber trim. The Captiva design concept, meanwhile, is based on the intermediate 500 Sport and Turbo models with a unique copper paint job with black trim. The Captiva's interior has been decked out in black with silver detailing. Both models include Beats Audio systems as well.
Although Fiat apparently won't be offering these as special editions per se, they have been constructed primarily from the 500's accessories catalog, so it's conceivable you could reconstruct the same look on your own Cinquecento. Or better yet, you could create your own. These "design concepts" merely show some of the possibilities.