Two models get the ax for 2021.
After discontinuing the 500 for the North American market, Fiat's lineup was down to just three models. In a recent pricing announcement for the 2021 Fiat 500X, the company confirmed both the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider (including the sport Abarth version) and 2020 Fiat 500L would not return for the 2021 model year. This means that the 500X will act as the last model offered by the Italian brand in the United States.
The 124's future was already in doubt after Fiat discontinued the model in Italy. Fiat claimed it still planned to offer the 124 in North America, but circumstances have clearly changed. As for the 500L, we aren't sad to see it go, but a report from earlier this year claims that an all-new model could replace both it and the 500X.
With just the 500X left in the lineup, Fiat has been left in a precarious position in the US. The entire Fiat brand sold fewer than 10,000 vehicles in 2019 and in a pandemic-rattled 2020, the company is on track to sell less than half that amount. Narrowing down the entire brand to just a single model can't possibly help sales in 2021, as Fiat desperately needs new products to remain competitive.
In Europe, Fiat is embracing electrification with models like the all-new, all-electric Fiat 500 hatchback and Fiat 500 3+1. These models are still too small to be volume sellers here in the US, but with very attractive pricing and a driving range of almost 200 miles, both seem more interesting than the 500X.
Having only been built for a few model years in a joint partnership with Mazda, the Fiat 124 Spider and 124 Abarth could end up being collectible in the future. With the 500X hanging by a thread, a new partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and no guarantee that any of the new electric models will come stateside, there's a chance that Fiat could pull out of the US market entirely after its return in 2011.