And it looks better than ever.
After the 2019 model year, the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500e will be discontinued for the North American market. This leaves only the 500X, 500L, and 124 Spider in the Italian brand's lineup here. We knew Fiat was working on the next-generation 500, which was set to be electric-only, but it seemed unlikely that the car would be offered stateside. Now the 2020 Fiat 500 (or Cinquecento as it's called in Italian) has made its official debut, following the cancelation of the Geneva Motor Show.
As we expected, the new generation of the 500 will only be offered as an EV, with no gasoline engine option. Fiat says the car can travel up to 199 miles on a charge (WLTP cycle) courtesy of its 42-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, smashing the outgoing pitiful 83-mile range of the outgoing 500e. It produces 116 hp, enabling 0-60 mph in about nine seconds and a top speed of 93 mph.
These specs should make the new 500 a worthy competitor for the Honda e, an equally Europe-only EV. Fiat is most proud of the 500's 85kW fast-charge capability, which allows the car to replenish a 30-mile driving range in just five minutes of charging. Alternatively, the car can recuperate 80 percent of its battery in just 35 minutes. It should be noted that not everyone will have access to this level of charging and on a traditional household outlet, the 500 would take around 14 hours to reach a full charge.
The 500 will sport three driving modes: Normal, Range and Sherpa. Range mode enables one-pedal driving with regenerative braking while Sherpa mode takes energy savings a step further by limited the speed to 50 mph, dulling throttle response, and deactivating the climate control.
Inside, the new 500 looks more modern than ever with a new 10.25-inch high-definition horizontal touchscreen. Fiat says this is the first vehicle in its segment to offer Level 2 autonomous driving, making it the ideal city car. The first examples will be the "La Prima" launch edition and will be offered in Mineral Grey, Ocean Green, or Celestial Blue. Launch versions also get full LED headlights, eco-leather upholstery, 17-inch diamond-cut wheels, chrome-plated inserts on the windows and side panels, a monogrammed soft top, and a '1 of 500' numbered plaque.
Pricing has only been revealed for the well-optioned La Prima specification at £29,000, which translates to around $37,000. Regular versions of the car will undoubtedly be cheaper but since it isn't coming to the US, it doesn't make too much of a difference.