Fiat has found a way to add another level of adorableness to its 500 hatchback: losing the roof. Fiat has unveiled a cabrio version of the subcompact, the 500c, which will make its debut at next week’s New York auto show.
However, the 500c is not your usual drop top, as the roof rails running from the A- to C-pillars and framed doors stay intact. Instead, the power-folding cloth roof stacks itself neatly behind the rear headrests. The solid pillars mean that the top can be opened like a sunroof as far back as the rear spoiler at up to speeds of 60 mph. Also, the 500c maintains a similar roofline to the hatchback, meaning there is room for four. The non-traditional convertible top draws inspiration from the Fiat Cinquecento of the late-1950’s that had a cloth top that rolled back in place of the roof panel.
As with the hardtop 500, buyers will have a plethora of customization options. 14 exterior color options are available, as well as two different interior “environments” with 12 color combinations, and three hues for the soft-top.
The 500c may be brand new to the U.S. market, but has been available in Europe since 2009. No pricing has been announced yet, but the hardtop comes in Pop, Sport, and Lounge trims starting around $16,000. We will have more details after its official reveal at next week’s New York auto show; make sure to check back for that and all of our coverage next week.