Fiat’s eagerly awaited 100% electric New Fiat 500 range will be priced from £19,995 OTR (inclusive of PiCG*), with first deliveries expected in March 2021.
Both hatchback and cabrio body styles are available to order from December 2020 in three trim levels – Action, Passion and Icon – each providing a high level of standard specification to suit different lifestyles.
Two battery options – 24kW hr and 42kW hr – are available, offering the highest range of any electric city car on sale today at up to 199 miles (WLTP). 85kW fast-charging is available from the middle of the range
Specification highlights include level 2 autonomous driving, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, 360-degree parking sensors, wearable key and passive entry.
The entry-level New 500 ACTION, available as a hatchback only, is fitted with a 70kW motor, enabling acceleration from 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 84mph. The lithium-ion battery has a 23.8kWh capacity giving a range of more than 115 miles on the WLTP cycle, or over 150 miles in city driving.
The New 500 ACTION is equipped with a 50kW fast charging system, so charging the battery to ensure enough mileage for the average commute takes less than 10 minutes. A 3kW cable is also included for charging at home or at work. The Combo 2 socket, located on the rear right side panel of the car, powers fast charging in both AC and DC. For charging at home or in public, a three-phase 11kW Mode 3 cable is available to purchase, along with a Wallbox by Mopar.
ACTION models are distinguished by halogen headlights and 15-inch wheels, and standard equipment includes an auto-start button (Keyless Go), rear parking sensors,electric parking brake and a configurable 7-inch digital TFT colour screen in front of the driver. The interior trim features a black dashboard, while the seats – in Seaqual yarn – include a geometric chevron motif and silver-coloured stitching.
The mid-range version of the New 500 is available with the 42kW hr battery pack, providing a best-in-class range of up to 199 miles on the WLTP cycle, increasing to 285 miles when only driven in the city. It features 85kW fast charging, so recharging the battery to 80% range takes 35 minutes, or to 30 miles takes around 5 minutes.
Externally, the PASSION stands out with 15-inch two-tone gloss finish wheels and LED daytime running lights. Inside, the New 500 PASSION debuts FCA’s new infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and Fiat’s Natural Language interface system, DAB radio, cruise control, climate control air conditioning and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for connected services.
Two interior trim choices comprise dark with a black dashboard and seats in Seaqual yarn with chevron motif and silver-coloured stitching, or a brighter environment with a white dashboard and blue seats including the chevron motif.
The118hp motor has an output of 87kW, providing a maximum speed limited to 93mph and acceleration from 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds and 0-31mph in 3.1 seconds.
The New 500 ICON receives the same 42kWh battery as the PASSION trim level with best-in-class range of 199 miles in the WLTP cycle and rapid recharging with its DC fast charging system, running at up to 85kW.
ICON receives another best-in-segment feature – a new 10.25-inch ‘cinerama’ touchscreen display, with integrated GPS and infotainment system. The landscape high-definition touchscreen fits perfectly into the car’s dashboard, having been designed to eliminate driver distractions.
Externally, the high-end version of New 500 stands out for its 16-inch alloy wheels, with a dark finish, while the interior includes ‘cinerama’ touchscreen display. Passive entry, enabling hands free access to the New 500, is standard on the New 500 ICON, as is the black button-free ‘pebble’ – a smart wearable key that can be carried in a pocket or bag, which communicates with the car automatically unlocking the doors when the pebble is close to the car and locking them again with a simple tap on the door handle.
The500 ICON dashboard is painted the same colour as the bodywork, and a natural wood effect is also available on the dashboard and steering wheel made with a vegan material rather than leather.
The latest infotainment system – a connected platform created by FCA for the future – is available with the 7-inch screen in the PASSION version and 10.25-inch in the ICON. It uses a custom interface with an advanced voice recognition system, activated hands-free with the phrase ‘Hey Fiat’. Connectivity features are enabled by the New 500’s UConnect Services, one example of which can transform the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect up to eight devices at the same time.
The Fiat mobile app in connection with UConnect allows viewing of charging points located nearby and the battery charge level. ‘My Remote’ enables customers to schedule vehicle charging for the most convenient time slots, locate the nearest public charging stations and pay directly from their smartphone providing access to a network of 200,000 charging points throughout Europe.
Safety is key to the New Fiat 500, and it is fitted with numerous Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) as standard, including Attention Assist, Lane Control, Traffic Sign Recognition and Autonomous Emergency Braking, making it easier, safer and simpler to drive, as well as being the first car in its segment equipped with level 2 autonomy.
Three driving modes can be selected to match the driver’s own style.
In ‘Normal’ mode, the car drives like any internal combustion engine model with automatic transmission, albeit with exceptional performance for a city car: its output of 87kW – equivalent to 118hp – and 220Nm of instantly-available torque gives acceleration from zero to 31mph in 3.1 seconds, or zero to 62mph in 9.0 seconds.
In Range mode, the New 500 offers the option of a new driving experience, using a ‘one-pedal’ function to control acceleration and deceleration. When the pedal is not pressed, the car recovers energy to the maximum, making it slow down until it comes to a complete stop. This driving style, ideal for urban use, means the car can recover a great deal of its energy.
When the battery is depleted and the remaining range is low, ‘Sherpa’ mode can be engaged to optimise the available resources to ensure the destination is reached. ‘Sherpa’ driving mode works on several components to ensure either the destination set on the navigation system or the nearest charging station is reached while the New 500 still has enough charge.
The New 500’s Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) is inspired by Italian creativity. To warn pedestrians and cyclists of its presence. At speeds of up to 12.5mph, the New 500 uses the tune composed by Nino Rota for Amarcord, a movie that symbolised Italian culture, just like the 500 does.
The New Fiat 500 range will comprise three body styles – hatchback, cabriolet and the innovative 3+1.
To enhance versatility, the New Fiat 500 3+1 – which will be available initially in left-hand drive markets – introduces a small third door on the passenger side, opening in the opposite direction, to enable rear passengers to jump in more comfortably. It also helps with loading and unloading large items more easily.
The New 500 3+1 will firstly be made available for left-hand drive markets.
*Subject to government approvals