The new Fiat 500 is an EV coupe that may or may not come to Canada
Though it’s based on an all-new, all-electric platform, the cute city car doesn’t look a lot different than its predecessor
After being killed off for the 2020 model year, the Fiat 500 is back for 2021, and it’s more electric than ever. Whether it returns to Canada, though, is not certain.
The tiny EV now produces 116 horsepower from its 42-kWh lithium-ion battery, which gives it a range of 199 miles (320 km) on a fully charged battery. It only takes 35 minutes to charge that battery up to 85 per cent, thanks to the supplied 85-kW fast charger.
For maximum efficiency, the Fiat features a drive mode called “Sherpa,” which limits the top speed to 80 km/h and turns off systems such as the climate control and heated seats.
Throttle response and power in that mode are also limited, which helps the vehicle reach its chosen destination or charging station. In Normal mode, the car can reach 150 km/h, making the sprint to 100 km/h from a standstill in about 9.0 seconds.
“Range” mode can also be selected, which enables a one-pedal function that uses the motor to brake the car when pressure is released.
Apart from the new drivetrain, the design of the vehicle has also been updated slightly — but not so much as to destroy the nostalgia. Base on a new platform, the 500 is now six centimetres longer, six centimetres wider and four centimetres taller. The headlights have been stylized with the hood line cutting them in half, and the interior has been re-trimmed with a much more mature design.
For now, the 500 EV is only available for the European market, but FCA is still evaluating possible demands for the car in North America before it decides if it will bring it here.