Video shows how Fiat redesigned the 500 without changing it [Update]

Update – Fiat has begun production of the new 500, which is now a born-EV, on its birthday (July 4) at its refurbished production line at the Mirafiori plant in Italy.

Clients who have pre-booked the limited edition New 500 “la Prima” cabrio – now sold out – will be reached directly by the dealer they chose, to give them assistance to start the process to change their online expression of interest into a complete order for the car. Others can visit the dealership to order the regular 500 Cabrio.

The New 500 “la Prima” cabrio is the special edition that comes with unique features. The FIAT Monogram Soft Top, colour options including Celestial Blue (three-layer), Ocean Green (pearlescent) and Mineral Grey (metallic), complete with full-LED headlamps, eco-leather upholstery, 17-inch diamond-cut wheels, chrome accents on the windows and side panels, and the 85 kW fast charger, are the standard equipment.

Safety features standard in the special edition include Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Assistant and Lane Control, Autonomous Emergency Brake with pedestrian and cyclist recognition, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Centering. The car comes fitted with level 2 autonomous driving.

June 3, 2020 –

The Fiat 500 is an iconic model from the Italian brand and unlike other brands’ famous nameplates that get a redesign with every generation, the 500 has retained its overall design with unusually lengthy lifecycles.

The new 500, which was unveiled as an electric-only model, has also retained the original design but that doesn’t mean Fiat designers were lazy. In fact to have a new generation in an electric platform without deviating from the original design is much harder. Now, Fiat has released a video showcasing the development of the new electric 500 through several stages. Fiat has only revealed the new 500 as the soft-top version and the video acts as a teaser for the hard-top body style.

Just a few units of the Fiat 500e First Edition are up for grabs

Talking to viewers on video chat via Youtube.com, Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth has said that the First Edition of the 500e, which the Italian refers to as the “La Prima,” is almost sold-out. Only 500 units of the First Edition (priced at 37,900 Euros) were expected to be made and while that holds, Napolitano clarifies that 500 units of the special edition are available to each country. He also says that the price for the regular 500 electric will be announced in the next few months but customers may pre-book the car for 500 Euros.

The 500e First Edition is a fully-loaded model with Level 2 autonomous driving and fast charging as standard. Customer deliveries of 500 EV will start after the European summer and Napolitano says that more information will be revealed in a few weeks.

5 March, 2020 –

Third-gen Fiat 500 revealed in Italy as an electric car

A couple of days back, official pictures of the new Fiat 500 were leaked and now we have FCA unveiling the car in Italy and releasing details on the powertrain, range, price, etc. The all-new Fiat 500, only in electric, comes with a range of 320 km (WLTP range) and a top speed of 150 km/h.

Though it remains true to the original design, the 2021 Fiat 500 has been built on a completely new electric platform and is powered by a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery. The 500e, measuring 3.63 m long, 1.69 m wide and 1.48 m tall, makes a maximum power of 118 hp and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in nine seconds, while the top speed is limited to 150 km/h. The battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 35 minutes with an 85 kW fast charger.

The 500e gets ‘Infinity Design’ LED headlamps that split at the bonnet edges, a grille and bumper that is redone to stay true to the original yet look futuristic, and the 500 badge replacing the Fiat logo on the grille. The rear has been updated with E-motif tail lamps and a more rounded off tail section. Changes are more prominent inside with a revamped dashboard with the new car looking nothing like its predecessor. The instrument cluster is a 7-inch digital unit while the centre console gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen system with Uconnect multimedia support. The Uconnect system supports internet connectivity and can also be accessed via an app.

Priced at 37,900 Euros (Rs. 31 lakh) for the First Edition, the Fiat 500e will be equipped with several driver assistance systems that include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking and more. There are three driving modes available – Normal, Range and Sherpa – the last is a fancy word for ‘Eco’ that will cut the non-essentials to provide maximum range.

The First Edition 500e will be limited to 500 units and gets additional features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, eco-leather seats and a chrome exterior trim. Production of the 500e, as per a previous update, was scheduled to commence in Turin, Italy in June, but we’re awaiting confirmation following the COVID-19 outbreak.

The 500e uses one of the four electric powertrains planned by the FCA Group – City Car for the Fiat 500e; Mainstream powertrain for Jeep Grand Commander; Performance powertrain for Maserati Alfieri; and a Premium powertrain for Maserati Quattroporte.

Not expecting the new Fiat 500e in India

We assume that Fiat is not making a comeback in India as FCA India tries to revive weak sales of the Jeep brand which showed much promise in 2017 & 2018 with the Compass that was sold to about 25,000 customers in the first year. FCA India has said that it is considering electric vehicles, and the first launch could be either the electric version of the Renegade or the sub-4m SUV, by end of 2022.