FIAT 500e – Highlights

  • Battery-electric powertrain produces 87 kW/118 horsepower and a peak torque output of 220Nm
  • Achieves 80% charge in 35 minutes
  • 0-100km/hr in 9 seconds
  • 42.0 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of 320km of driving range in a single full charge
  • Italian design with its wind-tunnel-sculpted shape and retro-futuristic dot-matrix styled cues for a cutting-edge look
  • Two specification levels arriving: the 500e Pop and the 500e Icon
  • 6 exterior colour choices – Ice White, Ocean Green, Mineral Grey, Onyx Black, Rose Gold & Celestial Blue
  • Expected arrival of Q2 2023
  • Pricing starts from $59,990+orc, with clean car rebate of $8,625 available

Produced in its birthplace, Mirafiori, Italy, the 500e has the same inherent Italian Design as its petrol Fiat 500 predecessor but its similarities end there. The 500e is equipped with a front-mounted electric motor, delivering 87kW with peak torque output of 220Nm and acceleration of 0-100km/h in 9 seconds.

New Zealand’s 500e will also feature the highest specification battery pack of 42 kWh, capable of 320km of driving range in a single full charge with a charging speed of 80% in 35 minutes, claims Fiat New Zealand.

An increase in size means the 500e is 56mm wider and 61mm longer than the petrol 500, making for a roomier interior. The round instrument hood invokes the typical 500 style, while the 7’’ TFT full digital cluster fills it with colour and technology. In a nod to its more sustainable nature, the 500e interior includes features made with SEAQUAL marine plastic, a raw material made from marine litter.

The 500e is available in two variants. The Pop, priced from $59,990, features comfort and convenience features as standard including attention assist, lane control, AEB, L2 autonomous driving, traffic sign recognition, heated seats, keyless entry-and-go, rear sensors and rear-view camera.

The interior includes FIAT monogram seats, body-coloured dash and a host of tech features including wireless apple car play/android auto, 10”25 infotainment system, 7” TFT display and a wireless charger.

The 500e Icon, priced from $64,990, also features a fixed glass roof, a more premium interior including ice-beige, FIAT eco-leather trim, and premium dashboard accents. Exterior enhancements include chrome exterior accents, infinity LED headlights and 17” diamond-cut alloy wheels. 360 parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise with lane centring and traffic jam assist round out the additional Icon offering.

Both models are available in a range of exterior colours Ice White, Ocean Green, Mineral Grey, Onyx Black, Rose Gold & Celestial Blue.

Sarah Williams, Fiat New Zealand Marketing Manager says “since launching globally the demand to bring the 500e to New Zealand has been incredibly strong. The Fiat 500e embodies the distinctive Fiat Cinquecento look and now offers unmistakable electric styling and driveability that we know New Zealanders will love. We are excited to finally bring the new sustainable phase of the Fiat brand to New Zealand.”

For those after something a little sportier, expect to see the newly launched Abarth 500e in New Zealand later in 2023 with more details to be confirmed closer to launch.

With two all-electric offerings coming next year, FIAT is moving towards the goal of being 100% electric in New Zealand in 2024.

Fiat New Zealand suggests that customers should register their interest for the 500e via the website before the vehicle’s arrival in showrooms early Q2 next year.

2023 Fiat 500e – Specifications

  • 87kW/118 hp
  • Peak torque output of 220 Nm
  • 0-100 km/h in 9 sec
  • 42.0 kWh capable of 320km of driving range (WLTP cycle) in a single full charge
  • 80% charge in 35 mins
  • L2 autonomous driving

2023 Fiat 500e – Model Specifications

Fiat 500e POP

  • Halogen headlamps + LED DRL
  • Tinted Glass
  • FIAT Monogram seats
  • Heated Seats
  • Infotainment system 10,25‘’ NAV
  • 7” TFT Display
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Automatic A/C
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Keyless Entry & Go w/ Wearable Key
  • Dusk & Rain sensor
  • ADAS (Attention Assist, Lane Control, AEB) & Cruise Control
  • Mode 3 charging cable + BAG
  • Electric Mirror w/ defrost
  • Rear Parking Sensors & Rear-view Camera
  • Wireless Charger
  • Sustainable Interior from reclaimed ocean plastics

Fiat 500e ICON

In addition to / replacing POP

  • 17” diamond-cut alloy wheels
  • Infinity LED headlights
  • Auto high beam
  • Chrome exterior accents
  • Premium Ice beige eco-leather FIAT monogram trim
  • Fixed glass roof
  • Premium dashboard finisher
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Bi-colour steering wheel
  • 360 parking sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Adaptive cruise control with Lane Centering & Traffic Jam Assist
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Fred Alvrez
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