• Feb 2nd 2011 at 1:30PM
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Fiat 500 AWD spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2012 Fiat 500 may just be launching here in the United States, but elsewhere, Fiat appears to be working on an all-wheel-drive 500 to battle the high-riding Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic that have both been recently spied. Rumors have suggested that the AWD variant will be introduced around the same time as the slightly facelifted 500 in Europe.

This 500 mule is clearly rides higher off the ground than the normal car, and our spies point out that a reworked exhaust system is present on this test car – a result of the reworked underpinnings. We expect the 500 AWD to arrive sometime in 2012, though it is unclear whether or not this model is destined for consumption here in the U.S. Scroll through our gallery of high-res spy shots below to see for yourself.

[Source: CarPix]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      This could make it a great option for even more rural areas in the north, not just a city car. It'd probably be pretty damn fun to drive in the snow, too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if this is anything like the Panda 4x4, it's going to be great. fifth gear nearly beat a range rover with it...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Speaking of which, why don't they just bring the Panda Cross over here to America and call it a day?
        • 4 Years Ago
        the panda is soon due a new generation, they'll bring that one over at best.
      • 4 Years Ago
      170 horsepower in the Abarth SS are ok but it's not the same as having 300 like in the Golf R....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guys, I think that's only the CNG version as it was forecasted.
      The Panda "Natural Power" has the same height of the AWD version in order to make room for the additional Methane tanks located near the rear axle and under the central tunnel.
      It should sport the new two-cylinder engine with 85 bhp or the turbo version with 105 bhp.
      Greetings from Italy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shouldn't be too hard.
      Doesn't it share the panda platform?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how Fiat is focusing so much effort on making this car everything that consumers want it to be. It seems like their is a 500 for everybody out there.

      Now all they need to do is revive Alfa Romeo into a legitimate premium brand again. Fingers crossed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather see one with 4 doors than 4 drive wheels, but it's a start..
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would rather have a Lusso than a 4 door.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fiat has cars with four doors. The 500 isn't one of them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Four doors, how small are you? So you want a bigger car or do you put two doors on the rear of a hatch back to get 4 doors?
        4 wheel drive and Abarth, that is the way to go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why on earth would you want a four wheel drive 500?

      I just don't get the point of such a car. If you live in an area where the conditions make four wheel drive needed, you'd definitely opt for a more practical car that's going to be big enough to carry your family and some stuff to help moving away from the road.

      If budget is tight and you still want four wheel drive you'd almost certainly go for a 4WD Panda (on which this is based and which will certainly be cheaper).

      Those of you hoping for an Abarth version of the AWD 500 are almost certainly wasting your lucky stars...
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Why on earth would you want a four wheel drive 500?"

        um. go track a GTi.


        now go track a Golf R.

        get it? great.

        awd, since 30 years ago, it's not just for snow anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they can keep the weight down this would make an excellent winter car
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be a great base for madness. Like fitting the Porsche 911 Turbo engine in the back, rework the transmition, and DONE!
      • 4 Years Ago
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