With just one model in the United States, the Fiat brand is showing signs of life. Unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 500e, an electrified version of Fiat’s 2-door hatchback subcompact, will return to the United States in early 2024.
Gasoline and electric versions of the 500 were offered in the United States between 2012 and 2019, although the electric 500e was only offered in California and Oregon. The updated 500th will be offered more widely, but may not be sold in all states.
Although the specifications of the new 500e are not yet available. Fiat presented three designate concept models at the Los Angeles show: the 500th Giorgio Armani, Kartell and Bvlgari. All three have been uniquely trimmed, and Fiat says the cars portray the “three souls” of the 500: sustainable design, sustainable fashion and sustainable luxury.
The US-market 500e was rated at just 84 miles of range. Currently on sale in Europe, the 2022 500e, with the highest available battery capacity, is rated at 199 miles on the Euro WLTP test cycle, which translates to around 175 miles according to the EPA rating. We expect the 2025 500e to deliver similar performance.
Turns out Fiat isn’t dead in the US, at least not yet. As parent company Stellantis prepares to launch its first electric vehicle in the US market, the Ram EV pickup, the company is ensuring it has additional electric products to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles.
It’s not unlike what General Motors is doing with the Chevrolet Bolt EV. On sale now, the Bolt EV is a placeholder for the likes of the Equinox EV and Blazer EV, which should arrive soon.
The big question is, with only 360 dealerships in the US, is the Fiat brand the best way for Stellantis to electrify? Or will we also see the 500e appear in other Stellantis stores?
Gallery Fiat 500e 2025
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Fiat 500e 2025
Fiat 500e 2025