Sixty-three years after the original Fiat 500 was introduced to the world, the stylish, chic and fun-to-drive city car has inspired a new electric generation. Ready to order now, the all-new all-electric 500 will once again set a new standard for urban travel.
Capable of covering 200 miles to a charge, the car uses a 42kWh battery that can be recharged to 80% in just 35 minutes. The on board 85kW fast charger can add 30 miles of range in just five minutes, which should be enough for the average journey minimising range anxiety and ensuring drivers can always get to where they are going.
Retaining its classic Italian style, the new 500 evolves the look of its predecessor with clean and consistent lines. The retro details are enhanced with new flush door handles, LED headlights and a new 500 badge. The body and wheelbase have grown slightly to give the car a wider stance and greater levels of passenger comfort, yet the 500 remains compact with a length of less than four metres. Step inside the new 500 and you’ll find a new and elegant interior that features distinct references to the original 500, while incorporating the latest in-car technology and clever storage solutions. The car is the first model from FCA to feature Uconnect 5, a new connected platform that promises a greater user experience. It’s controlled via a centrally mounted 10.25-inch high-definition touchscreen. Connected services can be enhanced via a new smartphone app. Drivers can check the status of the car’s battery, schedule charging, activate the climate control to pre-heat or cool the car and send navigation destinations directly to the sat-nav.
With 116hp on tap, the 500 can accelerate from 0-62mph in just nine seconds. With its instant electric torque the car provides seamless acceleration. While the 500 has driveability at its core, for the first time in the segment it introduces a suite of advanced driver assistance systems including intelligent adaptive cruise control (iACC) that can respond to cars, cyclists and pedestrians. Lane centring does what the name suggests and intelligent speed assist reads the speed limits of signs and recommends applying them. There is also urban blind spot, which uses ultrasonic sensors to monitor the blind spots and warn of any obstacles with a triangular warning light on the door mirror.
The New 500 has three driving modes: Normal, Range and Sherpa. Sherpa mode optimises the available resources to ensure that the car will reach its destination by incorporating any necessary charging stops into the route. This driving mode limits top speed to 50mph, reduces accelerator response and deactivates the climate control system and heated seats. Normal mode is as close as possible to driving a vehicle with a combustion engine, while Range mode activates the “one-pedal-drive” function.
Available in both fixed-roof and convertible body styles, the new 500 will be the first four-seater convertible with zero tailpipe emissions. The electric 500 will start deliveries in the UK in the first quarter of 2021, with production taking place at Fiat’s plant in Mirafiori, Italy. The “La Prima” launch edition, which is available to order now, comes exclusively with a convertible roof. It’s offered in three colours: Mineral Grey (metallic), Ocean Green (pearlescent) and Celestial Blue (three-layer). The launch version also features full LED headlights, eco-leather upholstery, 17-inch diamond-cut wheels and chrome-plated inserts on the windows and side panels.
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.
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