According to an article in Automotive News, Fiat is considering exporting the new 500 microcar to the States sometime next decade. But instead of getting the rather moribund city car version, we're likely to be blessed with the Abarth 500, complete with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four. AN pegs output at 120 HP (or 135 HP depending on which article you read), but since the 500 plans to go head-to-head with the MINI, other reports have suggested that the lil' blown motor will be making upwards of 150 HP.
The launch of the Fiat will come soon after Alfa Romeo reestablishes itself in the U.S. in 2009, as the two dealers will coincide with each other, mainly in larger, urban areas.
[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]