Abarth 595 Lineup Gets Slight Power Bump, New Front Fascia

Upgraded UConnect infotainment system also makes debut

Fiat has announced the updates for the 2017 Abarth 595 range for Europe and it includes more power, improved suspension, and the availability of an upgraded UConnect infotainment system. Three versions will continue to be offered, the Abarth 595, 595 Turismo, and the range-topping 595 Competizione. A five-speed manual transmission is standard while Abarth's robotized sequential automatic with paddle shifters is optional. Hatchback and convertible body styles will be available for all three variants.

Under the hood, the 1.4-liter turbo-four gains a larger turbocharger and is now rated at 145 hp and 152 lb-ft of torque in the standard Abarth 595 while the 595 Turismo now has 165 hp and 170 lb-ft. The range-topping 595 Competizione is the most powerful at 180 hp and 184 lb-ft. For those looking to take their pint-sized hot hatch out for an autocross, a track session or up on winding mountain roads, Koni FSD shock absorbers are standard on the 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione. A mechanical limited-slip differential is optional exclusively on the manual-equipped 595 Competizione and is part of a new performance pack that also adds Sabelt leather/Alcantara sport seats with a carbon shell, and 17-inch Supersport alloy wheels.  A Record Monza dual-mode exhaust system is available on all trim levels of the Abarth 595.

Cosmetic changes include a front fascia with more aggressive lower air intakes, LED daytime running lights, new 17-inch alloy wheels, and seven new exterior colors.  Inside the 595 lineup features seats upholstered in Alcantara and/or leather, and can be had with sports seats that have a carbon fiber shell. A new flat-bottom steering wheel has also been added across the range while the dashboard features body-colored accents. The Abarth 695 Biposto's carbon fiber dashboard fascia is also now available on the 595 Competizione.

FCA's UConnect infotainment system comes standard across the 595 range with a five-inch touchscreen. An upgraded version with a seven-inch touchscreen is available and it comes with navigation and unique menus specific to the Abarth 595 such as a customizable driving performance monitor. Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto are available as options when the larger seven-inch screen is selected. A seven-speaker Beats Audio system with 480 watts is also offered on all 595 variants.

While the Abarth 595 is a European-spec vehicle that uses a variant of the 1.4-liter turbo-four that doesn't have FCA's Multiair system, we can expect the facelifted U.S.-spec 500 Abarth to have similar changes, especially in the connectivity front.

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