Fiat has been toying with the concept of an electrical 500 since 2011
Subsequent-generation Fiat 500 will get a full electrical variant, whereas the maker brings again the 500 Giardiniera property
The primary full electrical Fiat 500 metropolis automotive will probably be launched on the Geneva motor present in 2020, the agency has confirmed.
Whereas revealing the brand new Panda-inspired Centoventi idea at this 12 months's Geneva present, the Italian agency revealed the deliberate launch for the next-generation 500. The mannequin will probably be a key a part of Fiat's transformation in Europe right into a model specializing in small electrified metropolis automobiles.
The 500 will probably be joined by a 500 Giardiniera property, though the agency didn't say if that will additionally seem at subsequent 12 months's Geneva present.
Forward of the electrical Fiat 500 arriving, a mild-hybrid variant is because of launch later this 12 months.
The purpose is to consolidate the model’s dominance of town automotive phase - the 500 and Panda maintain a 3rd of this market - whereas creating applied sciences that permit these fashions to fulfill emission laws.
This focus additionally means different, much less profitable Fiat fashions will probably be axed. These embody the Punto - axed after a 13-year manufacturing run - and whereas unconfirmed, the Tipo.
The reinvention of the Fiat 500 was introduced at an FCA Group monetary convention in mid-2018. The corporate stated that it wished to "leverage the long-lasting standing and expertise of the 500" right into a full line-up of small electrified fashions, which would come with the 500 Giardiniera.
The agency added that it might be "very well-placed to use battery-electric metropolis automotive alternatives in jurisdictions the place entry for inner combustion autos will probably be more and more restricted". FCA reckons that it will likely be in a position to exploit the premium costs paid for the 500 to allow it to profitably supply each electrical and gentle hybrid variations. The 500 sometimes sells for costs 20 p.c above the phase common.
The brand new 500 electrical and mild-hybrid fashions will probably be primarily based on a very redesigned 500 that can debut inside the subsequent two years and embody the property.
The 500 Giardiniera, which references the tiny 1960 500 wagon, will supply the very best area effectivity in its class stated Fiat, and ‘unmistakable design’. It, too, may have gentle hybrid and electrical variants.
The 500’s new platform structure may deal with a light hybrid system. That unit consists of a belt pushed, 12-volt starter generator, though little element has been offered on the electrical drivetrain for use within the 500. Decrease-emission petrol engines can even be provided within the 500 and Panda.
Given the restricted area for batteries and the 500’s city attraction, vary of the 500e is prone to be lower than EVs comparable to the Nissan Leaf which presents round 250 miles.
The 500e will probably be a rival to a rising variety of small EVs - Mini’s first electrical automotive is due in 2019, concurrently Honda’s City EV.
The 500e will probably be one among 4 electrical powertrains provided by FCA. It can sit use a ‘Metropolis Automotive’ powertrain, whereas a ‘Mainstream’ powertrain will probably be launched within the Jeep Grand Commander. A ‘Efficiency’ powertrain will characteristic within the 2020 Maserati Alfieri and a ‘Premium’ EV powertrain will energy the 2022 Maserati Quattroporte.
The push for electrification comes amid Fiat Chrysler’s abandonment of diesel - by 2022, there will probably be no diesel choices within the FCA catalogue. These will probably be changed by quite a few hybrids, each full and plug-in, the primary of which would be the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, touchdown in 2020.
The manufacturing capability launched by the deletion of the Punto and different unspecified Fiat fashions - comparable to Tipo - will probably be used to construct extra Alfas and Maseratis, whose premium costs can stand up to the electrification prices. Some Italian capability will probably be used to construct some plug-in hybrid fashions, together with sure Jeeps for international sale.
Further reporting by Richard Bremner
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