2011 New York – Fiat 500 Cabrio debut image

Fiat, the Italian automaker, reveals new 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio at the New York International Auto Show. It is powered by a 101-hp, 1.4-liter engine.

“Perfectly timed with the warm weather and excitement of spring, the new 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio expands our product lineup while paying homage to the brand’s rich heritage of open-air cabrios that deliver style, value and driving enjoyment,” said Laura Soave, head of Fiat Brand North America.

Cleverly designed with a multi-position power-retractable cloth top, fully stamped body-side silhouette and 70 percent less header shake then key competitors ( according to the automaker ) – the new Fiat 500c delivers leading interior sound quality (quietest at 45 mph, 70 mph and lowest powertrain noise).

In addition, its longer windshield and minimized header design maximize rear-seated passengers’ outward visibility, while minimizing cabin turbulence. And for easy access to the cabrio’s trunk, premium “parallelogram” liftgate hinges conveniently position the liftgate out of the way, while the power-operated cloth top simultaneously retracts.

The 500c seats four and comes in two trim levels–Pop and Lounge.

The Pop comes standard with the power-cloth top, manual transmission and all-season tires. A chrome exhaust tip, power-heated mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are also included.

The other variant, the Lounge, features the six-speed automatic and offers premium amenities in addition to Pop features, including front- and rear-fascia chrome accents, chrome mirror caps and fog lights. The interior has premium cloth seats, Sirius satellite radio, automatic climate control and a six-speaker Bose sound system complete with subwoofer, and a security alarm.

The car gets 30 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway with a manual transmission. Both will hit the market in late spring with a choice of 14 paint colors and a black or white interior with 12 seat colors.

No words about it’s price yet …