This just dropped into Foreman’s inbox. Thought you’d like to see it ahead of the official reveal. It’s the Fiat 500 cabrio. Here’s the background.
Fiat was originally considering two possible designs for a soft-top. This one, which has a pair of fixed side rails, so it’s sorta like the original 500 or 2CV. The other one was a full cabrio like a Mini.
About two years ago I was in the Fiat studios with the design chief Roberto Giolito. In walked Luca de Meo, then marketing chief for Fiat and the man who had the smarts to get the 500 built in the first place.
De Meo sat us down and got Giolito to spark up the projector, and showed the computer renderings for the two proposals, and asked for opinions.
I said make this one – it would be cheaper (which is more in the spirit of the 500) and more rigid and reliable. I see that’s what they did. I’m sure that wasn’t because I said so.
The side rails, I think, are fixed. They don’t come off like in a Citroen C3 Pluriel. That’s too much complication, and it requires the car to be built heavier because it would need to be able to drive along without them and avoid permanently twisting. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able to bolt them back on…
They also showed us a 500 three-door estate rendering. It was cute too. Here’s hoping.