Recently, we showed you spy photos of the upcoming 2021 Fiat 500 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) doing some testing on the streets of Metro Detroit. While the globally popular Fiat 500 is not returning to North America in 2021, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is preparing a new lineup of fuel-efficient variants for the city car. Just a few weeks ago, the FIAT brand announced mild-hybrid versions of the 500 and the Panda that will be rolling into European showrooms as early as next month, now we are getting some information on the all-electric 500 BEV’s future.
Originally, the first all-electric Fiat 500 called the “500e” was a California-exclusive package. Now it seems that the 500e nameplate will return for the new European focused model. A recently released logo for the upcoming vehicle shows a new look to the 500e badge, incorporating the “e” into the final “0” of the 500 badges. This new logo has yet to be confirmed by FCA or the FIAT brand.
While we aren’t sure of the range, we wouldn’t be surprised if the 500e pushes over 200 miles of range considering the advancements of battery technology since the original 500e made its debut. The all-new 500e will also be featuring an all-new 10.25-inch infotainment system internally known as “Harman R1”. This comes just after yesterday’s announcement of the next-generation Uconnect 5 infotainment systems.
According to sources, the 500e will also feature a new optional rear driver side suicide door option to make egress for passengers even easier getting in and out of the small city car. This would be an innovative first for the modern-day Fiat 500 lineup. There should also be two different electric motors outputs to be offered as well, one being 70 kilowatts and the other being 87 kilowatts.
The new Fiat 500e should be making its official worldwide debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March. Pricing will be available shortly after the Geneva show, with ordering and media first-drive reviews on July 4th, according to our sources. The 500e should be arriving in showrooms across Europe starting in September of this year.