Is the FIAT brand getting ready to launch the new 500e in the North American market? It appears so.
Fans have been puzzled as to why FIAT didn’t launch the new 500e in the North American market, soon after its European launch in 2020. The Italian has continued to struggle over the past decade after making its return to the North American market in 2010. However, since then has eliminated its entire lineup of vehicles except for the 500X, which shares much of its underpinnings with the rugged Jeep® Renegade.
Matter of fact, it was the North American market where the first-generation 500e made its exclusive debut. The first-generation 500e helped Chrysler Group meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliance, by offering an emission-free city car using a 111 horsepower (83 kW) and 147 lb.-ft. (199 N⋅m) of torque permanent-magnet, three-phase synchronous-drive electric motor, and a 24 kWh liquid-cooled/heated li-ion battery. The combination provided a lackluster 80 miles (130 kilometers) range or about 100 miles (160 kilometers) in the city.
It was said that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) lost over $20,000 per unit.
With only a hand full of manufacturers scheduled to make presentations at the LA Auto Show, FIAT is among them. Scheduled to make a “North American debut”, the brand dropped a hint earlier this afternoon with a close-up of the new 500e’s daytime running light (DRL) with the text “Feel The Electricity“ on its FIAT USA social media accounts.
The Italian brand has been teasing the newest generation of the 500e at events all this year. It was first spotted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 in Las Vegas in January in its (RED) edition form. Then a pair of them said quietly at the back of the Stellantis exhibit at the New York International Auto Show.
The new 500e has a 199-mile (320-kilometer) range based on the European WLTP cycle and can achieve 249 miles (400 kilometers) of range in the city. It has become one of the most popular electric vehicles in Enlarged Europe, Japan, and Brazil. The new 500e is powered by a 117 horsepower (87 kW) electric motor fed by a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The new powertrain can propel the 500e from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 9.0 seconds. An 85 kW fast charger system that allows the 500e to charge enough to travel 31 miles (50 kilometers) in just 5 minutes. Fast charging capability allows the car to charge from 0 to 80% in just 35 minutes.
FIAT’s press conference is scheduled for this Thursday, November 17th from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. PST. MoparInsiders.com, will be hosting the Livestream from the floor of the LA Auto Show and will have all the details on the vehicle posted soon after.
This week is proving to be a big one for the 500e, as the European market will be treated to the unveiling of the new Abarth 500e performance city car this following Tuesday, November 22nd. That event will also be shown live on MoparInsiders.com as well.