Fiat has introduced new mild-hybrid versions of its Tipo hatchback and 500X crossover, meaning its full range is now available with an electrified derivative. 

Using the same powertrain as recently debuted on the Jeep Compass and Renegade e-Hybrid models, the Tipo and 500X are both available with this new 1.5-litre petrol engine featuring 48-volt mild-hybrid technology to maximise efficiency. In all, it produces 128bhp and 240Nm of torque, while being controlled by a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

It’s a stronger setup than the 12-volt system available on Fiat’s 500 and Panda, and thanks to support from a belt starter generator means the car starts up on electricity. It’s the first time a Fiat hybrid has featured an electric motor that can disconnect from the engine, and means in certain situations – such as in slow-moving traffic and when parking – the motor directly drives the wheels, with the engine remaining off.


Fiat says the system also ‘mitigates the turbo lag effect and ensures ready responsiveness’, while the powertrain promises to be 11 per cent more efficient than the old 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine. However, full fuel consumption and CO2 figures have not yet been revealed. 

Prices for the Tipo Hybrid start from £27,595, with the model available in three trim levels – Tipo, City Life and Cross. A 99bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine will continue to be offered. 

As for the 500X, prices start from £27,585, with this available in Club, Cross and Sport trim levels, along with a (Red) special edition. The 500X is available in standard SUV guise or a soft-top Dolcevita style, with a 118bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine also remaining available. 

Orders for the two models will open later this month, with the first examples set to be delivered in the spring.