All-electric Fiat 500 will have "class-leading range" of up to 400km
An icon has been reborn, with the all-new third generation Fiat 500 becoming the first fully electric car from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
What's more, Luca Napolitano, head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands, has this week claimed it will have class-leading range of 320km (199 miles), measured according to the WLTP cycle, and up to 400km (249 miles) if driven just in the city.
In an online chat, he said: "We wanted to make sure that the electric Fiat 500 can be used stress free, without constantly worrying about having to recharge."
Top five things you need to know about the all-electric Fiat 500
- Completely new ‘Cinquecento’ design offers more space and high levels of technology.
- Range of up to 199 miles, 249 miles in just the city.
- Can be recharged to 80% in just 35 minutes using a fast charger.
- The first city car with level 2 autonomous driving equipped.
- Prices to be revealed soon.
Fiat 500 styling
Respectful of the two previous generations, the new 500 is still an iconic city car with the same stylistic proportions and clean design that has made it so popular for so long.
A mere 60mm wider and 60mm longer than the outgoing model, the car’s wheelbase has grown by 20mm too. The front bumper mirrors that of the original 1957 version, with the light clusters also round and iconic just like the original except now using LED technology.
One other small change is the door handles sit flush and the current 500 logo at the rear keeps its link with the past, albeit transformed into the dedicated all-electric version.
Fiat 500 interior
Inside, the 500 is completely new and once again makes clear references to the original model. It is cleaner and less cluttered, exemplified by the wide dashboard and storage solutions in the centre column.
More leg and shoulder space is offered for occupants, with the EV batteries stored in the floor so that luggage space isn’t compromised. Some seats will also be made using “Seaqual” yarn with plastic recovered from the sea, while others make considerable use of eco-leather.
Fiat 500 infotainment
The Fiat 500 will be the first to feature FCA’s new UConnect 5 infotainment. This 10.25-inch high-def floating touchscreen is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and both can be used in wireless mode.
The system also offers a variety of innovative connectivity services including My Remote which checks the battery charge level from a smartphone, onboard WiFi also features, as well as the ability to warm or cool the car before setting off.
The instrument panel is now also a seven-inch TFT digital display.
Fiat 500 engines and performance
The Fiat 500 features a 42kWh lithium-ion battery pack which delivers a range of 199 miles. The electric motor has an output of 87kW, providing a maximum speed of 93mph and acceleration from 0 to 62mph in 9 seconds and zero to 31mph in 3.1 seconds.
To optimise charging time, the New 500 is equipped with an 85kW fast charge system. It takes only five minutes to build up a sufficient energy reserve to travel 30 miles, more than the average daily commute, and using a fast charger can also power the battery to 80% in just 35 minutes.
The launch edition of the New 500 comes complete with a simple, accessible “plug-and-charge” Easy Wallbox. This 3kW unit can be managed easily via Bluetooth and is plugged into a domestic socket.
The Easy Wallbox can be upgraded to 7.4kW charger, which will take just over six hours to charge the Fiat 500.
Fiat 500 safety
The Fiat 500 will be the first car in its segment to offer level 2 autonomous driving, bringing all the associated benefits to urban mobility.
This includes Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, Intelligent Speed Assist, Urban Blind Spot, Attention Assist and more.
Fiat 500 release date
No release date has been revealed, but pre-orders for the top of the range launch edition are now open.