The new Fiat 500 Electric

The New 500, the first fully-electric vehicle from FCA will be arriving in 2021 alongside the current 500 which is the bestselling city car in Europe. So, rather than add a bunch of fiddly details, Fiat’s gone back to basics for the new 500 and made it look smoother, more rounded and even more minimalist than before.  The New 500 is a little wider, longer, the wheelbase is broader and even the wheels are larger, while the interior boasts a roomier passenger compartment. Also, Fiat have unveiled the Fiat 500 3+1 which makes the New 500 even more accessible.

The 500 returns to Turin and will be built at the FCA Mirafiori plant in the city. It’s the first fully-electric vehicle designed from the ground-up on an all-new platform from Fiat. Orders for New 500 in December with first UK customer deliveries expected in March 2021.

Pricing and specification announced, priced from £19,995 OTR (inclusive of PiCG). It’s available as Hatchback or Cabrio, with three trim levels – Action, Passion and Icon, with two battery options – 24kWh and 42kWh, with up to 85kWh fast-charging.

There are also two motor options – 70kWh and 87kWh.  0 – 62mmph 9.0 secs, top speed 93mph, with a range of up to 199 miles (WLTP).

The specification highlights through the range include level 2 autonomous driving, AVAS, 10.25-inch touchscreen, Dynamic range mapping, charging point locator, 360-degree parking sensors, wearable key and passive entry.

The New 500 3+1 four-door (only available in LHD!)

A more (slightly) practical version of the standard 500. Fiat designers have been working on a smart solution with identical dimensions to the cabrio and hatchback versions, but with a small third door on the passenger side, just like the first 500 in 1957, which featured doors hinged to the rear.

The result is a new body, to add to the hatchback and cabrio, with unchanged dimensions. The only difference is a weight increase of only 30kg, with no effect on the car’s handling or range. The third small door opens in the opposite direction, and given the lack of a centre panel in the door itself, means rear passengers can jump in more comfortably and load and unload large items more easily.

For more information on any of the New 500s visit

www.fiat.co.uk/500-electric.

Review from the Press launch, courtesy Rockingham Cars