Italian automaker Fiat will be bringing the all-electric 500E back to America after several years away from the market. Updated from the previous model of the subcompact the company sold here until the 2019 model year, the new 500e should offer greater range than before.
The new Fiat is expected to arrive in 2024 and will only be offered with a battery-electric powertrain. No Fiat 500 gas models will be offered.
At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat displayed a trio of designer 500e concepts based on the European model of the car. The included high-style, yet sustainably outfitted, 500e models from Armani, Kartell and Bvlgari. We should get a look at the U.S.-spec version of the car at 2023’s LA Auto Show.
“Today, more than ever, we are facing a global revolution, which means that customers are looking for more than just a car and we intend to embrace their changing needs,” said Olivier Francois, the CEO of FIAT and global CMO of Stellantis. “The new 500e is more than a car, it is a social project to feed America’s appetite for change toward sustainable mobility.”
2024 Fiat 500e LA Auto Show Photos
The previous 500e marked the brand’s first foray into electrification. It was an agile city car with lively performance but a range of fewer than 100 miles on a single charge.
Offering a range of fewer than 100 miles won’t satisfy buyers in today’s EV market. To increase the car’s range and performance, Fiat will likely use the 117-horsepower electric motor and 32.3 kWh battery employed in the already-on-sale European model. Based on the U.S. range-testing method, its range will probably exceed 150 miles.
Look for the 500e’s interior and technology to be updated as well. The inclusion of a large-screen Uconnect 5 touch-screen infotainment system and additional advanced safety and driver assistance technology is all but inevitable.
Given the high prices of many electric vehicles, the 500e is poised to be one of the more value-oriented models in the marketplace.