The Fiat 500 mild-hybrid has been revealed overnight ahead of a market launch later this year.
FCA plans to roll out its new 12-volt mild-hybrid technology across multiple nameplates beginning with the Fiat 500 and Panda.
The mild-hybrid powertrain consists of a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine, a 12-volt BSG electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. The system produces a modest 51kW of power and of 92Nm of torque. It’s mated with a six-speed manual transmission.
Fiat claims the mild-hybrid system improves efficiency by up to 30 per cent when compared to the outgoing 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine.
In Europe, a special Launch Edition will be available featuring unique hybrid badging and an exclusive Dew Green exterior paint option.
Internally, the Launch Edition gets seats upholstered in recycled plastic, 10 per cent of which originates from the sea and 90 per cent from land, which is known as Seaqual Yarn.
While the Panda is no longer available Down Under, it’s expected the Fiat 500 mild-hybrid will be available later this year as part of the MY20 update.
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