2020 Fiat 500e Spied, Promises To Be An “Urban Tesla”

Sergio Marchionne famously told consumers not to buy the Fiat 500e, but the brand hasn’t given up on the slow selling model. Quite the opposite actually as Fiat is working on a new version which was recently spotted by spy photographers.

Dressed in heavy camouflage, the prototype has a familiar design but appears to adopt slimmer side skirts. The front and rear fascias are also heavily disguised and this suggests there could be extensive changes hiding underneath.

While spy shooters couldn’t get close enough to snap interior pictures, there’s visible camouflage on the dashboard. This suggests there could be a handful of interior updates, but there’s no word on specifics.

The styling changes appear to be minor, but executives have previously said the car will be “totally renewed.”  FCA’s chief marking officer, Olivier François, has also stated “It’s kind of an urban Tesla, with beautiful style. Italianess, dolce vita in an electric car.”

Specifications remain unconfirmed, but the current 500e has a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which sends power to an electric motor that develops 111 hp (83 kW / 113 PS) and 147 lb-ft (199 Nm) of torque. Of course, the biggest downside is a dismal range of 84 miles (135 km/h).

If the range wasn’t bad enough, the Fiat 500e costs $32,995 before incentives. That makes the model more expensive than more practical options such as the Nissan Leaf which starts at $29,990 and has a range of up to 150 miles (241 km).

Regardless, the 2020 Fiat 500e will be built on a new assembly line at the company’s Mirafiori plant in Italy. FCA has already confirmed the first pre-production models will be made later this year and road-ready variants will follow in the second quarter of 2020. The plant will be able to build 80,000 units annually, but FCA has suggested that number could increase if needed.

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • robotlogic

    Who on earth would buy a Fiat 500e for $32,995 when a new Tesla model 3 is just $5000 more?

    • Richard Alexander

      Maybe it will have better build quality.

    • mmeier

      Me, because:
      – if it costs around 30k, in Europe a Tesla 3 basic is still >15k more expensive
      – I guess it will have a very stilish look
      – its very practical…if battery has an acceptable size
      – operating costs will be quite OK
      – there are Fiat service points everywhere
      – because I already own an italian car (Lancia), its great an after 300’000km still very OK
      – and, and, and

      This could be a top-seller in Europe. People really like the Fiat 500. Although its a very small city-car and technically just average, its one of the most expensive car in the A-segment (Abarth even till 70k!).

      So, these customers aren’t very price-sensitive! They can easily sell it for 30-35k.

      • robotlogic

        If all that’s true I feel very bad for you and others in Europe. Fiats sold in the US are junk and break all the time, as a result they loose 50% of their value after the first year. I would never own such a troubled car.

        • mmeier

          I would rather say I feel bad for you, believing all fake news and rumors.
          Thats exactly the reason why I was able to buy a luxury italian car for less than 50k (half price). Even after 300Tkm I freequently get asked if this is a new car. Thank you! 😉

          Talking about a “troubled car” would be just ridiculous. By the way: Do you know WCM (“world-class-manufacturing”)? Guess who’s quite good in this concept.
          Today you can compare any Fiat with any other competitor (same price range) – you will not notice any differences.
          But maybe instead of throwing away, they export cars that fail internal quality checks to the U.S 😉

    • MrJosepherous

      We leased Fiat 500e twice in california. The purchase price was way too high, but the lease was cheap. It has been a great second car. Cheap, reliable and zippy. Once the Model 3 tesla became availalble that replaced our gas car. Now we have a cute round town car and a long range performance car all running on sunshine from our roof at home. 🙂

  • EyalN

    it’s a test mule. old front and rear lights. the european version is with LED lights.
    you can see a central screen that the 500 doesn’t have

  • Matteo Tommasi

    It’s a mule, you can see the NEW rear suspension from the back shoot.
    The 500e will be a new gen.

  • Richard Alexander

    Urban Tesla – so….the door handles will fail and it will burst into flames?

  • kachuks

    If the electric power train doesn’t suffer the reliability issues of the ICE, the 500 could have a future as an purely electric.

    What is lacking is an extended wheelbase to increase battery storage and interior space.

    • europeon

      The 500’s ICE engines don’t suffer from reliability issues.
      The whole point of the 500 is to be a small and nimble city car, increasing the wheelbase doesn’t make any sense.

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