Fiat’s Latest 500 Edition: Can You Guess the Inspiration?

Clean Design Endures: The Fiat 500’s Lasting Legacy

In the past, 20 years ago to be exact, the Geneva Motor Show held great prestige among auto shows. Fiat took advantage of this by introducing the Trepiuno Concept on March 4, 2004, and it quickly became a viral sensation in those times. Now, FCA Heritage is commemorating the triumph of that concept by launching a special edition that seeks to capture the essence of the modern 500’s aesthetic.

As a component of the Reloaded by Creators initiative, this project features a new Fiat Multipla and marked the creation of a unique Alfa Romeo 4C to commemorate its final production. However, unlike these previous undertakings, the remaking of the Fiat 500 will be produced in multiple quantities. The specific quantity and ultimate design are still to be determined.

Heritage | Fiat 500 Tributo Trepiuno

The initial version of the Trepiuno was dubbed “three plus one” due to its distinctive seating arrangement. This setup allowed for three adults to sit comfortably, with the front passenger moving their seat forward to create space for the emergency seat behind the driver. While the rear seat design was not replicated exactly in the new special edition, the color scheme has been faithfully reproduced both on the exterior and interior.

As per Roberto Giolito, former leader of Fiat Group’s Advanced Design team (currently head of Stellantis Heritage), the presentation of the Trepiuno concept in metallic white was crucial in its success. It effectively showcased the design team’s dedication to the fundamental elements of the 1957 500, resulting in a similar outcome here.

The contemporary limited edition will not be an exact replica of the original design, however, it will showcase similar wheels, paint, and accents. The standout feature is the incorporation of vintage Fiat logos with a blue backdrop, especially when paired with the chrome wheels. The two-tone white and reddish brown interior is also noteworthy. It will be adorned with high-quality leather upholstery, featuring embroidered “Trepiuno XX” logos on all four seats. The dashboard will be adorned with sketches of the 2004 concept, hand-drawn by Giolito during that time. These are just initial renders and final adjustments may still be made.

Fiat has yet to release information on the quantity of units it plans to manufacture. However, every vehicle will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Stellantis Heritage. The cost remains undisclosed as well, though Fiat is currently open to receiving reservations of interest.

As this version is inspired by the hybrid model rather than the Fiat 500e EV, it is unlikely that any versions of this limited edition will be available in America.

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