The new electric 500 is based on completely different underpinnings to the petrol model, which it will be sold alongside, and adds a whole host of tech to this city car – including level 2 autonomous driving capabilities, an around-view parking monitor and even a wearable key.
It was unveiled earlier this year, with Fiat originally just claiming a 199-mile range, but the firm has now announced a new more affordable battery option too.
So entry-level 500 ‘Action’ models come with a smaller 23.8kWh battery pack and 70kW electric motor, which enables a claimed 115-mile range, or 150 miles in city conditions. Priced from £19,995 (including the £3,000 plug-in car grant), standard kit included rear parking sensors, keyless start and a range of advanced safety kit. It’s also equipped with 50kW fast charging.
Mid-spec Passion models come with a larger 42kWh battery, as well as a more powerful 87kW motor – enabling 199 miles of range. Priced from £23,495, they also gain a seven-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, additional personalisation options and LED daytime running lights. A higher charge speed (85kW) means the battery can be charged to 80 per cent in 35 minutes.
Next up is the £24,995 Icon model, which comes with a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen, keyless entry as well as the option to have a ‘wearable’ key, and a dashboard painted to match the colour of the car.
A high-spec Launch Edition known as the ‘La Prima’ is also available from £26,995.
The electric Fiat 500 will be available as a three-door hatchback, convertible and a new ‘3+1’ model that adds a rear suicide door on the passenger’s side to aid rear access. The latter is yet to be confirmed for the UK, though.
Order books for the new Fiat 500 will open in December, with first deliveries expected in March 2021.