Fiat’s Next-Generation 500 To Be An All-Electric “Urban Tesla”

The next-generation Fiat 500 will only be sold with an all-electric powertrain, the Italian company has confirmed.

Fiat has been building the current 500 since 2005, and while it remains a popular seller, it is basically an old car. Consequently, it will be redesigned from the ground up and sold exclusively with an electric motor and a battery pack.

“A new 500, totally renewed. A new object. Totally electric. It’s kind of an urban Tesla, with beautiful style. Italianess, dolce vita in an electric car. It’s the polar opposite of Centoventi,” Fiat and FCA chief marketing officer Olivier Francois told Auto Express at the Geneva Motor Show.

Fiat unveiled the head-turning Centoventi concept at the Swiss show but hasn’t said if the all-electric 500 will share any components with the production version of the study that is said to preview the next Panda. What we do know for sure is that the next-gen 500 will use a new electric architecture currently being developed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

“It’s a new platform designed for electrification. It makes the car radically different. It’s still a 500, same size, same proportions, but it’s just not the same car. The 500 of the future,” Francois said.

Unsurprisingly, the all-new 500 will cost a little more than the outgoing model. However, the latter will not be axed, but will remain in production and be sold alongside the new EV for an undefined period of time. This is similar to what Porsche will do with the current Macan and its all-electric replacement, since not all markets being ready for the switch to electrification.

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  • McFly

    A chief marketing officer who obviously feels he needs to use a competitor’s brand name to explain his own product?

    That’s a really good way to strengthen the brand. Of the competitor.

    • Giannis Antypas

      Agree.

      On the other hand though, when someone dares to comment on the centoventi concept essentially agreeing with Fiat’s CEO,
      there come Fiat’s fanboys accusing people of italian car …hatred. LOL

    • Stephen G

      You don’t get it.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I actually like the Centoventi. I wish they sold a 2-dr version of that here in the US. A premium modern-looking small electric 2+2 car the size of the VW Beetle, or even the Kia Soul. The Smart ForFour is too small and dorky looking, even though I like that too. I’m talking about something a little bigger, like the size of this Centoventi.

  • Jack Daniels

    Yeah, go on. Electrify everything. Didn’t Fiat loose roughly 20k dollars on 500e. Didn’t Marchionne beg people to not buy 500e? Well done Fiat. I guess another great brand will go down the drain. Oh and comparing Fiat to Tesla, oh please. Fiat is not a premium. And never will be.

    • Zdravko Štimac

      What car from A-segment is premium? There is none. However Fiat 500 is the most successful of them all.

    • mmeier

      I don’t agree.

      Do you know another car manufacturer, that is able to sell very small city cars from 25k up to 70k (!) (Abarth).
      Fiat is something like “premium” in the A-segment. And reaches amazing 16% in this segment in europe. It is the only car manufacturer that actually earns money in this segment.

      But you’re right, of course not above the A-segment…they have other brands to serve these segments (Maserati, Jeep, Alfa).

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  • Stephen G

    Seems to me if the Centoventi reaches production there is really no need for an electric 500.

    • Matt

      The Centoventi previews the Panda replacement. The 500 fills a different niche.

      • Stephen G

        They are both A-segment city cars that look similar. Sounds like same.

      • That Redman Guy

        As an American, I don’t too much about Fiat, let alone understanding the car culture in Italy. But if I ran Fiat in Europe and North America, here’s what I would do to the lineup other than drastically and painstakingly increase its reliability to a make it a major player in FCA’s portfolio. It would go like this:

        The Centoventi (a.k.a the new Panda) will continue to be an A-segment vehicle albeit all-electric.

        However, this means the new all-electric 500 (not to be confused with the 500e) will be 5-door B-segment, replacing the recently discontinued Punto. There will be a sportier Abarth variant so it won’t completely waste the nameplate.

        The Tipo, 500L, and Qubo will be replaced by different three vehicles—one being a B-segment crossover also replacing the 500X, another that is going to be a C-class vehicle competing with the Mini Clubman, and the final one being a people carrier also replacing both the 500L Living/MPW variant (a.k.a the 500XL) and the long discontinued Freemont.

        The B-SUV (replacing the Tipo, 500L, Qubo, Punto, and 500X) will still be called 500X. Everything will be the still be the same. However, there will be a sportier Abarth version as well to compete with sportier version(s) of the Nissan Juke (e.g. Nissan Juke Nismo).

        The 500 Giardiniera (replacing the Tipo (in class), 500L, Punto, and Qubo) will be C-class compact bridging the gap between hatchback and estate wagon. This will compete with the Mini Clubman.

        A new seven-seater Doblò or Talento (replacing the 500L MPW/Living, Qubo, Freemont, and previous-gen Doblò) will be presented in its lineup. Everything will be same as the previous generation of the Doblò; however, the Trekking variant will be more a lot more off-road-oriented than its previous iteration. There may also be a off-road version of the Talento in the works as well. Of course this means the Fiorino will also be replaced by the commercial version of the Doblò.

        The 500C and Miata-based 124 Spider will both replace by a single all-electric roadster/two-seater coupe in co-production with Alfa Romeo called 500 Spider/Berlinetta. There will be an Abarth version.

        The Fiat Toro will be introduced to Europe and North America from Latin America replacing Strada and the Mitsubishi-based Fullback. Once again, there will be an Abarth variation.

        The Ducato will be the same until a generation is in the works.

        … And that’s my suggestion on what will I do if ran Fiat. What do you guys think?

  • Constantin Ciobanu

    if you have a 2005 New Fiat 500… please give me a call.

  • Six Thousand Times

    This seems like a pretty good idea.

  • no25

    lol

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    seriously..nobody is gonna buy this car in North america….FcA get rid of alfa and fiat…they are a dud company that cant even work….ive never seen sucha dud company then fiat. chrysler dodge jeep and ram are their bread and butter but they waste their money on this garbage company…GIVE US CHRYSLER AND DIDGE PRODUCTS.

    • Zdravko Štimac

      They should move Jeep to Europe, reform Fiat and continue with Alfa improvement. Discard the rest

    • mmeier

      Fiat is the perfect brand to serve the A-segment. It’s actually the only brand earning good money in this segment. They sell these cars up to 70k in europe (e.g. Abarth 500 biposto).

      But you’re totally right….I dont understand why they do not use the best-in-class “Giorgio” platform (Giulia/Stelvio) to produce new Chrysler and Dodge cars. They would be highly competitive.

    • That Redman Guy

      The FCA brand lineup should be Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Fiat*, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati.

      No one cares about Lancia and people only care about Chrysler for its minivan—the Pacifica.

      *Fiat needs heavy reform if they want it to be a major player like how BMW made Mini into a brand to be taken seriously.

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