Coupe and Roadster variants of the Fiat 500 are not in the Italian hatchback’s future, a new report suggests. Adding too many bodystyles could risk harming “the value and genes” of the original car, Fiat brand chief Gianluca Italia told Autocar. The 500X, then, may be the last 500 bodystyle.
Italia explained that while Mini is a brand, the 500 remains just a model, so there’s a limit to the number of variants the company can make to leverage the car’s strong identity.
Currently, the Fiat 500 lineup includes the standard hatchback and Cabrio in base and Abarth versions with the mid-level 500T and 500E electric vehicle on the way. Soon, the four-door 500L and 500X crossover will arrive, as well. A seven-passenger 500XL with two occasional-use hatch-mounted rear seats is also coming to Europe, and we wonder whether we’ll ever see 500L or 500X Abarth models.
In Europe, Fiat can rely on other models including the Punto and Panda to fill showrooms, unlike Mini. What do you think: Should Fiat reconsider and spend engineering resources on a 500 to battle the Mini Coupe and Roadster?