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Following the introduction of the new electric-only 500 and the updated Tipo and Panda, Fiat has revealed the refreshed 500 range for the 2021 model year in Europe.

However, don’t expect any major changes as the Fiat 500, 500X, and 500L have been updated with just new trim levels and new color options.

For 2021, the Fiat 500 model family is available in five new trim levels: Cult, Connect, Cross, Sport and the Dolcevita.

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2021 Fiat 500L Cult

The Cult is the entry-level grade but it features a new, exclusive ‘Sicilian Orange’ livery paired with new blue fabric upholstery options embellished with the ‘Fiat’ monogram and a ‘Techno Blue’ dashboard trim.

The new Connect trim targets customers who ‘want to stay connected at all times’, featuring a 7-inch Uconnect infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standar, while a new matte silver dashboard trim is paired with also new ‘Flashy’ seats. The 500 Connect hatch also comes with cruise control, a sports steering wheel, 15-inch alloy wheels as standard, and is finished in the new Perbene Grey/ Vesuvius Black two-tone livery.

2021 Fiat 500 Dolcevita

Fiat’s new Dolcevita trim is exclusive to the 500 hatch and pays tribute to Italy’s economic boom between the late 1950s and early 1960s. The interior features a new body-color surround along with chrome-plated details, a glass sunroof, and optional two-tone paintwork.

The 2021 500X Cross features new seats with a camouflage pattern and vinyl inserts, 19-inch alloy wheels, roof rack, and automatic air-conditioning as standard. The 500L is also available in the Cross trim, adopting the same crossover look and offering a camouflage-motif interior, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic air-conditioning, and rear parking sensors among others.

2021 Fiat 500 Family in Sport trim

At the top of the range sits the Sport grade, offering a unique look with more aggressive detailing. The 500 Sport features specific bumpers, side skirts, a rear spoiler, and 16-inch alloy wheels, paired with new black fabric sports seats with red 500 logos, a new matt titanium dashboard, and more. Similarly the 2021 500X and 500L Sport feature a more aggressive exterior look, Black Technoprene interior, ambient lighting, Autonomous City Brake, and tinted windows as standard.

The 2021 Fiat 500 is available in Europe with two engine options: a mild-hybrid 69HP 1.0-liter petrol and a 68HP 1.2-liter LPG unit. The range of the 500X includes two petrol engines, a 1.0-liter with 118 HP and 1.3-liter with 148 HP, and two diesel options, a 1.3-liter with 94 HP and a 1.6-liter with 118 HP. Finally, the 2021 500L is available with either a 94 HP 1.4-liter petrol or a 94 HP 1.3-liter diesel.

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If you have a soft spot for super-fast estates, then you’ll probably like this 2021 Audi RS6 Avant that was brought forward on video by Auditography.

Tuned by ABT Sportsline, it features a black look on the outside, contrasted only by the red accents and brake calipers, and an identical color scheme inside, with black upholstery and red stitching.

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ABT was responsible for tuning twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, lifting its output to 690 HP (700 PS / 515 kW) and 649 lb-ft (880 Nm) of torque. The extra 99 HP (100 PS / 74 kW) and 59 lb-ft (80 Nm) has slashed 0.3 seconds from the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time, which now takes only 3.3 seconds, and with Audi Sport removing the speed limiter as an option, it will top out at 190 mph (306 km/h).

You could tick more boxes over at ABT, such as the one that increases the power of the V8 to 730 HP (740 PS / 544 kW) and 679 lb-ft (920 Nm). With this upgrade, the 2021 RS6 Avant takes only 3.2 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill, which makes it equally fast to the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4.

The German tuner has other parts for the RS6 Avant on its shelves, such as 22-inch wheels available in four patterns, an aftermarket exhaust system, anti-roll bars, height-adjustable springs and a fully adjustable suspension kit. The cockpit can be enhanced with their dedicated carbon fiber trim, push-button start switch cap, shift knob cover and entrance lights.

 

BMW’s new design direction has not been without its critics. The massive grilles have been the subject of much controversy – but is that all?

That’s the question that Frank Stephenson, the designer of the original X5, among others, has set out to answer in his latest video. The focus of Stephenson’s critique, this time, is the iX.

BMW call the iX “the symbol for a new era of mobility.” The EV is as long and wide as an X5, as tall as an X6, and has the wheelbase of an X7. According to Stephenson, that will likely give it great interior space.

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It could also deliver nice proportions, but Stephenson’s focus is drawn elsewhere. Firstly, the grille, which he still thinks is too big. Then there’s the lack of tension throughout the rest of the car. Although BMW intended this to be a minimalist design, Stephenson argues that it’s too simple.

“It’s not moving,” he explains. “For me, that’s not the right way to design a moving object. I would prefer the vehicle to look like it’s ready to move.”

He blames the absence of design lines for that. Although he understands the BMW’s affinity for simplicity, like with the grille he says they’ve gone too far.

“The absence of lines can almost turn a vehicle into something that is just static,” says Stephenson. “This car, I think, looks very static from the sideview.”

All of this might come down to BMW’s desire to introduce a new design language. Ultimately, though, it looks like a vehicle that was penned by a product designer, not an automotive designer.

“It’s almost a vehicle that’s lost its soul,” says Stephenson. “What I mean is not to criticize the product designer. But products look like products and cars look like cars. It’s not the same profession.”

If you took away the grille, Stephenson asks, would you be able to tell that this is a BMW? Now that’s a good question…