Don't buy a 2016 Fiat because the 2017s will be cheaper and better equipped

Or, perhaps you can use this news as a bargaining chip at the dealership.

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth
2012 Fiat 500 Abarth
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If you're considering the purchase of a new Fiat, you'll want to hold off for the 2017 model year. At the very least, take note of the following for haggling purposes, because the 2017 model year will bring some significant price cuts. The price cuts were first reported by Automotive News after obtaining dealer pricing information. We reached out to Fiat, and a spokesperson was able to confirm the reduced pricing. He also gave us details on trims and packages. The gist is that the 500 hatch, convertible, and 500L all see notable discounts, and the trim levels across the range have been, well, trimmed.

For 2017, Fiat 500 hatchback and convertible will only be available in Pop, Lounge, and Abarth trims. This trim reduction removes the mid-level Turbo model from the lineup, and Fiat's spokesperson confirmed the model's 135-horsepower engine will disappear as well. The good news is that the remaining models all drop significantly in price, including the 160-horsepower 500 Abarth. The Abarth will get a $2,850 price cut to start at just under $21,000 with destination.

The 500 Pop and Lounge will both drop $2,000, dropping the Pop to just under $15,000 before destination, and just under $16,000 assuming the destination charges remain $995. In addition, the convertible will simply become a $1,450 option for any 500 model, which will make it a much more affordable proposition than it was when offered as a separate model. The electric 500e is the only model not to see a price cut, and will remain priced at $32,795 after destination charges and excluding tax rebates.

The 2017 500L, as well as the 500X, will see available trims shrink to down to Pop, Trekking, and Lounge. The 500L doesn't see price cuts as drastic as those for the smaller 500, but it offers additional content to make up for it. The new Pop gets all the features of the higher-level 2016 Easy, along with a standard automatic transmission. Comparing a 2017 Pop with a 2016 automatic-equipped Easy will show a $1,150 reduction. The Trekking only drops by $235, but it now gets standard heated leather seats, BeatsAudio sound system, satellite radio, and Uconnect. Finally the Lounge drops $1,100 and adds 17-inch wheels, BeatsAudio, Uconnect, and satellite radio.

As for the 500X, in addition to the reduced trim levels, it sees additional options. However, it won't get any price cuts. Okay, technically the base 500X Pop will start at $19,995 before destination charges, which is $5 less than the 2016 model. So that's negligible. The 124 Spider won't see any price changes, nor will the trim offerings change.

So there you have it. If you want a Fiat, wait a little bit. And if you were on the fence about one, perhaps this will change your mind.

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