When I wrote that, I was joking, but the Internet can always find a better fool... today I found this story, from around the time those pictures leaked:... that's the transmission selector from the company's largest vehicle (it's from a RAM pickup) in a mule for their smallest one However, don't be surprised if the less intelligent end of the blogosphere starts saying the 500e will be 4WD, with a locking center-diff
-- Source: 2021 Fiat 500e Electric Car Spied With "4WD High" Button, Rotary Gear Selector2021 Fiat 500e Electric Car Spied With "4WD High" Button, Rotary Gear Selector
[...] Down the center console, there’s a Jaguar-style rotary gear selector with a few buttons scattered around it. The ones that caught our attention are the 4WD High and 4WD Auto, which suggests that Fiat might be developing an all-wheel-drive system or a dual-motor setup.
That's interesting... a sign that 500 is being placed at the same level as Alfa Romeo for perceived quality. The steering-wheel is a pretty nice part too - it wouldn't look out of place in a much more expensive car.I'm not a fan of a HVAC controls although they seems better than some recent products from PSA and VAG.
The very same HVAC controls were first seen on the Tonale used for clinics.
My reading of that was "we've made a new platform just for BEVs. It will be used for 500e, and then we'll use it for other BEVs". I guess 500e will be the smallest of a family of BEVs stretching into the upper B-segment, including whatever Centoventi becomes. But saying that there's a new BEV-only platform doesn't mean that they can't reuse things like suspension, steering, electronics and HVAC in an ICE architecture that covers the same size range.Platform/architecture? Yes, an interesting topic. From press release:
"The platform under construction is specific for electric cars and will see the first application with the 500 BEV. "
I don't know what it means. BEV only platform/architecture or something else.
That's interesting, and needed for the Italian market to fill the big gap between Panda and 500x or Tipo Hatch - the heart of Italy's car sales is in the B-segment, not C. Actually, if I'm right about the size of 500e, it's almost in the lower B-segment on width, but stays in A because of its short length.I know that some guys described this "new" platform as Mini Wide. I don't know more about that except that if this is true than the upcoming B-SUV models from FCA will use this platform.
500 is the only product that can attract a decent price in the A-segment, so that makes sense, especially as this new BEV will suddenly make the ICE model look very old.New A segment cars are not in the plans except for BEV 500. If this is an ICE-BEV platform than we could see an all new ICE 500 but any other all new A segment car from FCA is not in the plans.
Source: InterviewIt may take a little time to win the hearts of customers and the switchover may not be immediate. It's a complete change in mindset. We are going to accompany this change with this first MHEV offer, but the big ambition is to drive all the aficionados of the 500 towards electric one by one. This is a bold approach on our part. I don't know if other manufacturers would be willing to "risk" their best-seller as well as the most iconic model in the electric field.
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