Updated Abarth 595 range launched with fresh interior

Subtle styling tweaks and a more emissions-friendly engine range for revised Abarth 595

Fiat’s performance car offshoot Abarth has revealed the updated Abarth 595 range. The reworked line-up will be available to order from February this year, in both hatchback and convertible body styles, with prices starting from £17,760. This figure climbs to £29,210 for the range-topping 595 Esseesse variant.

Cosmetic tweaks for the base-model 595 are few and far between. The only major changes are inside, with an updated instrument cluster and a new boost pressure gauge that’s backlit in white instead of red. The old car’s “Sport” mode has also been renamed “Scorpion” mode – and there’s a new drive mode button on the dashboard to reflect the change.

The 595 Turismo, priced from £20,960, gets all of these tweaks, along with a pair of new diamond-embossed leather sports seats. The car’s cabin can also be trimmed in a variety of colours, including the newly introduced heritage brown.

Fiat has given the 595 Competizione a more thorough going-over, fitting a unique body kit and a fresh set of 17-inch alloy wheels, which the company says is a nod to the 1990s Lancia Delta Integrale rally car. 

Further rally inspiration comes in the form of a new matte blue paint finish, which pays tribute to the Fiat 131 Abarth from the 1970s. Inside, buyers also get an Alcantara dashboard and a carbon fibre gear lever. Prices for the updated Competizione model start from £23,060.

Every model in the Abarth 595 range comes with Fiat’s latest seven-inch infotainment screen as standard, which offers support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Joining the unit is an improved stereo system by BeatsAudio, with six speakers, an eight-channel digital amplifier and a 200mm subwoofer in the spare wheel well.

The revised Abarth 595’s engine range is almost identical to the old model’s, being based around the same turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. However, tweaks to a few of the ECU’s parameters help the engines to meet the latest Euro 6D emissions regulations.

The entry-level Abarth 595 has an output of 143bhp. This figure climbs to 163bhp for the mid-range Turismo version, and on to 178bhp for the range-topping Competizione and Esseesse variants. Every model comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but buyers can spec a paddle-shift automatic for an £1,350.

What do you make of the updated Abarth 595 line-up? Let us know in the comments section below…

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