The quirky Italian EV may finally be making its way to the USA.
The Fiat 500e may be making its official entry into the local market in the coming days as the brand teased the reveal of the local spec model via its social media channels and on its website.
The images used depict the European-specific model, so the model we'll see tomorrow may appear slightly different.
The introduction of the 500e is long overdue as the Fiat 500X has been the sole provider for the Italian brand in the USA since the previous generation 500, and the Abarth versions were discontinued in 2019. Although this micro hatch was a niche product, it was still somewhat of a punch in the gut for die-hard fans of the historic manufacturer.
As the brand accurately states, the 500e continues the lineage of Fiat's most iconic and classic models in its history.
The imminent arrival of the EV model will make the Stellantis-owned brand more competitive in the market, especially now that it provides an alternative to the Chevrolet Bolt and Mini Cooper EV.
Although no details regarding the North American model have been confirmed, it will likely adopt the same electric motor and FWD setup as the European model. Power is sourced from a 24- or 42-kWh battery pack with a power rating of 117 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The Euro-spec model is currently available as a hardtop or cabriolet with some funky special editions to enhance the appeal.
Stellantis is currently executing an aggressive strategy of filling the global market with many electric car options. Considering that the 500 has been the breadwinner for the Italian manufacturer for years, it only makes sense to bring this into the American market.
There are some risks attached, though, as the 500e is entering an exceptionally tricky segment. Its claimed electric range of 199 miles on the WLTP scale may work well for regions such as the UK, but it may not be enough for the average consumer over here, especially when new EV sedans are claiming figures almost 100 miles more than that. Still, it easily eclipses the Mini Cooper Electric Hardtop's claimed range of 114 miles.
As exciting as the news of the 500e's arrival here may be, we are crossing our fingers for a positive and enthusiastic reception from the local market. It also opens the door for reintroducing the Abarth brand, using the recently spied and soon-to-be-unveiled Abarth 500 EV as a halo model.