Fiat keen on using the 500 nameplate for new cars.
Fiat is in a bit of a fix as it debates on a successor for the B-segment Punto hatchback. In Europe, the Italian company is consolidating its products under the 500 nameplate, and even larger Fiat cars (like a 3-row MPV) carry the 500 branding.
The 500 started life as an iconic small car, but it too has taken the path of the Mini it seems. With models like the 500L, 500L MPW (the MPV) and the new 500X (the crossover), Fiat is keen on using the nameplate to serve larger and newer models that emerge from Turin. With the next generation 500, the company's designer Roberto Giolito, acknowledges that a 5-door model based on it is a possibility.
Giolito says, however, that it is ultimately the management's decision on whether to have such a model or not. Like the 5-door Mini which was recently launched, a 5-door Fiat 500 could indeed see the light of day, and would serve as a replacement for the now aging Punto which has been on the market since 2005.
Competitors: Maruti Swift, VW Polo, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz
Expected Price: INR 4.5-7 lakhs, ex-Showroom
[Source - Car Advice]