Details of the new third-generation 2021 Fiat 500 have been revealed with the Italian marque confirming the iconic city car will be fully electric.
The 500 EV will offer up to 320km (WLTP cycle) of driving range when the 42kWh battery pack is at capacity. The electric motor produces 87kW of power, it’s enough for a 0-100km/h time of 9.0 seconds and a top speed of 150km/h.
An 85kW fast charger allows the battery to reach 80 per cent charge in 35 minutes, or add 50km of range in roughly five minutes. Both AC and DC charging are accommodated via the Combo 2 socket located on the rear right-side panel of the car.
Fiat will equip the launch edition of the new 500 with an Easy Wallbox home charging system which can be connected to a normal home outlet. Up to 3kW of charging power will initially be available with the system able to be upgraded to 7.4kW.
The new Fiat 500 will feature three driving modes – normal, range and Sherpa – to match the preferred driving style. Normal simulates a traditional combustion engine system, range activates the one-pedal-drive function and Sherpa model optimises the available resources to ensure your destination is reached.
Fiat suggests the new 500 is the first in the segment to offer level 2 autonomous driving with the integration of front-facing camera monitoring. Safety features include the intelligent adaptive cruise control system, lane centring, intelligent speed assist, urban blind spot, attention assist and 360-degree sensors proving a drone view surrounding the vehicle.
Internally the new 500 offers the UConnect 5 infotainment system displayed on a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay. Fiat says the system is also ready to offer functionality for Android Auto users.
Design features of the new Fiat 500 include a new front 500 logo, a vertical front end, redesigned headlights and flush-sitting door handles.
The proportions have also grown slightly with 60mm added to the width and length plus 20mm added to the wheelbase. The wheels are also larger in size.
A special ‘La Prima’ launch edition will initially be available which can be ordered online via the pre-booking system on Fiat’s website.
The La Prima model features full LED headlights, eco-leather upholstery, 17-inch diamond-cut wheels and chrome-plated inserts on the windows and side panels. It also gets a monogram soft top with a numbered badge alongside the country the car was purchased in.
An Australia launch is yet to be confirmed however the new Fiat 500 will be produced in right-hand drive for the UK market, so it’s expected to be sold locally.
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