Fiat officially launched a new 500 called the 500e and was reinvented as a modern electric city car without losing the popular retro appeal. While the current generation of Fiat 500 with internal and hybrid combustion engines will continue to be produced in Poland, the Fiat 500e is a completely new project and will be assembled in Turin.
The lasting shape of the 500 is retained with a number of differences, such as thick roof pillars, smooth bodywork, new LED lights, and fresher front fascia. The Fiat logo on the front was also replaced with a large 500 logo.
The rear is more rounded with rear lights which create an E-shaped motif when lit to confirm that the vehicle is powered by electricity.
While the dimensions look almost identical to the current Fiat 500 model, the overall Fiat 500e is slightly larger. The length and width increased by 6 cm, while the wheelbase was almost 2 cm longer.
The interior is also getting an innovation, such as a dashboard that expands horizontally and integrates a 10.25-inch touch screen, and a series of buttons that resemble piano keys. While the instrument panel is replaced by a 7-inch digital screen, and the flat floor offers slightly wider interior space for passengers.
The technological features that complement it are the new Uconnect 5 multimedia system that is connected to the internet and can also be accessed via a smartphone.
Fiat 500e is available with various driver assistance systems including automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Three driving modes available include Normal, Range and Sherpa, where the last mode reduces performance further for battery power efficiency.
Fiat 500e uses only a single electric motor that produces 118 horsepower that is claimed to be able to accelerate to 100 km / h in 9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 150 km / h.
While the 42 kWh battery support allows it to reach mileage up to 320 km based on WLTP test standards. Using an 85 kW fast charger, the battery on the Fiat 500e can reach 80 percent capacity in just 35 minutes.
Initially, Fiat will offer 500 units of the la Prima launches special edition available in three colors with LED lighting features, environmentally friendly leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, and chrome exterior trim. The special edition will only be produced as many as 500 units and valued at $ 37,500 for each unit.