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New all-electric Fiat 500 hatchback revealed

Electric Fiat 500 hatch front

Fiat has revealed the new all-electric 500 hatchback and opened reservations for the launch la Prima model.

Prices for the well-specced launch version start from £29,995 (or £26,995 including the Plug-in Car Grant. This makes it £2,000 cheaper than the electric 500 convertible revealed earlier this year

More affordable electric 500 versions are expected later.

Electric Fiat 500 hatch rear

The new 500 electric has a 42kWh battery for a total range of up to 199 miles.

It is fitted with an 85kW fast charge system, which can give 30 miles’ range in just five minutes.

With a fast charger, the battery can be topped up from flat to 80 percent capacity in 35 minutes.

Electric Fiat 500 hatch charging

Fiat includes a free wallbox with the la Prima model.

Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 9.0 seconds (0-31mph takes 3.1 seconds) and the electric 500 is limited to a 93mph top speed.

Total power output from the electric motor is 119hp.

Reserve with no deposit

Electric Fiat 500 hatch interior

Reservations are now open online through Fiat’s website and the firm says customers don’t even need to pay a deposit.

Potential buyers choose a bodystyle, colour, sign up and enter their postcode to find their preferred dealer.

When available, dealers will contact these people first, to see if they want to pay a deposit and proceed with an order.

The new Fiat 500 la Prima hatchback joins the la Prima convertible in electrifying the 500 range.

Electric Fiat 500 hatch seats

It has a suitably high standard spec, including an all-new UConnect 5 infotainment system, advanced driver assist features (including adaptive cruise control and birds-eye parking camera) and seats trimmed in ‘eco leather’.

LED headlights and 17-inch alloys are also standard.

The la Prima hatch is offered in three colours: Ocean Green, Mineral Grey or Celestial Blue.

Deliveries are expected to begin in late 2020 or early 2021. 

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2020 Fiat 500 Mild Hybrid

Fiat launches £99 ‘pay as you go’ car lease

2020 Fiat 500 Mild Hybrid

Fiat has introduced the UK’s first ‘pay as you go’ car lease. It allows motorists to get a new Fiat 500 Mild Hybrid for a £99 up-front payment.

Subsequent monthly payments are also capped to £99 – with motorists paying 19.6p a mile on top for every mile they drive.

Fiat says that with the monthly payment and fuel factored in, the average 25-mile daily commute will cost £10.39.

According to research, those living in London pay, on average, £15.25 for their daily public transport commute.

To make the deal more tempting, Fiat is giving the first 500 miles for free.

“I am confident that one of the most affordable offers in Fiat’s history will become very popular with consumers over the coming months,” said Fiat UK country manager Francesco Vanni.

Fiat likens the deal to those found in the mobile phone sector – it comprises a low base rental price and any usage is calculated via the ‘pay as you go’ concept.  

Mileage is tracked using an onboard black box, which monitors all vehicle movements.

So confident is Fiat in its new offer, the company has hinted there are already plans to extend it to other models within the Fiat, Abarth, Jeep and Alfa Romeo ranges.

The company has also separately launched a car finance package with job-loss protection

How does the Fiat pay-as-you-go car lease work?

2020 Fiat 500 Mild Hybrid

The Fiat 500 Mild Hybrid car lease is a four-year agreement – after which motorists hand back the car with nothing more to pay.

The upfront cost at the start of the lease is £99.

After that, the monthly cost for 47 months is again £99 – plus 19.2p for every mile driven.

This is all calculated though the onboard black box, so owners automatically pay the correct sum each month.

Fiat’s offer to give the first 500 miles free saves owners £96.

There is no upper mileage limit – owners can drive 20,000 miles a year if they wish (which would cost £3,840 a year).

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The new 2020 electric Fiat 500: everything you need to know

2020 Fiat 500 revealed

Say ciao to the 2020 Fiat 500. It still looks retro, but is all-new beneath the skin – including an electric drivetrain with a 199-mile range. Here’s everything you need to know.

The new Fiat 500 comes not a moment too soon. As the outgoing car enters its 13th year on sale, Fiat faces growing pressure to modernise, reduce emissions and electrify. The new car has that covered, but also needs to deliver what buyers want. And buyers really wanted the old 500. 

From the moment it went on sale in 2007, the retro-styled 500 has been an unmitigated success. Between 2008 and 2014, European sales ranged from a low of 145,000 in 2012 to a high of 180,000 in 2014 – and they’ve hardly declined since. Needless to say, there’s a lot riding on the new 500.

2020 Fiat 500: the headlines

2020 Fiat 500 revealed

  • All-new platform
  • All-electric
  • 199 miles of range
  • Modernised inside and out
  • You can pre-book one of the 500 Launch Editions now 
  • From £29,000 (including Plug-in Car Grant)

2020 Fiat 500 revealed

The figures you need to know are: 

  • 199 miles of range (WLTP)
  • Fast charge to 80 percent in 35 minutes
  • Optional 7.4kW Easy Wallbox, full charge at home in six hours
  • 87kW electric motor
  • 0-62mph in nine seconds
  • 93mph top speed

As standard, the Easy Wallbox charges at 3kW, without the need to be professionally installed. And the 500 also comes with a Mode 3 cable for 11kW public charging speeds.

Three driving modes optimise the car and how it preserves power. ‘Sherpa’, ‘Range’, and ‘Normal’. Sherpa limits you to 50mph, manages accelerator response and deactivates the climate control and heated seats. Like a ‘Himalayan sherpa’, this mode is designed to get you home. 

2020 Fiat 500 revealed

Normal is as it sounds, while Range activates the ‘one-pedal drive’, with added regenerative braking to slow the car down when you lift off the throttle. 

It’s a bold move to go electric-only. Fiat hopes to build 80,000 new 500s a year at its Mirafiori factory.

2020 Fiat 500: design

2020 Fiat 500 revealed

It’s the Fiat 500’s trump card. The outgoing car owes much of its success to its irresistible style. 

The new silhouette is almost identical, and all the lovable cues are still there. The front bumper design is claimed to mirror the 1957 original. There are, however, new LED headlights that are modular and elliptical. The circular shape has been re-interpreted, with the shape completed by an arc in the bonnet.

The Fiat logo has been replaced by the premium-looking 500 badge, almost defining it as a brand of its own. The badge has also been modified for the all-electric sequel, with the final ‘0’ changed into an ‘e’.

2020 Fiat 500 revealed

The car is larger by six centimetres, both in width and length, while the wheelbase grows by two centimetres. The net result is that it retains the squat, rounded proportions of the outgoing car. 

At the back, the minimalist look continues. The lights remain the same shape, with new LED innards. In all, if it’s been revolutionised underneath, it’s evolved on the surface. The 500 has been modernised without corrupting any of that best-selling style.

2020 Fiat 500: interior

2020 Fiat 500 revealed

The 500 has been in need of a comprehensive tech update for some time. The new UConnect 5 media system runs through a seven-inch TFT display, plus a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, DAB radio, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Uconnect 5 offers advanced smartphone connectivity. Buyers will be able to check their car’s battery status, set navigation routes and climate control settings from the comfort of their local coffee shop.

Passengers can connect up to eight devices to the in-car wi-fi, too. The launch car will also have a natural language interface system, allowing voice control for many features. 

2020 Fiat 500 revealed

Yet with all this modernisation, once again, the 500 retains its inimitable style. The screen, while large, isn’t the only draw for the eye, and the wheel is nicely retro and high-tech at the same time.

There are plenty of reminders of what you’re in, too, with ‘500’ badges throughout. It should also be pleasingly practical, with lots of storage between the front seats. These can be trimmed in ‘Seaqual’ yarn, which is made of recycled sea plastic. 

2020 Fiat 500 La Prima: prices revealed

2020 Fiat 500 revealed

The La Prima launch edition is available in Mineral Grey, Ocean Green or Celestial Blue, with full LED lights, eco-leather upholstery, 17-inch wheels and chrome trim. It’s also a soft-top (the first ever four-seat electric convertible) and you can pre-order one now.

One of the 500 La Prima launch edition models will set you back £29,000, after the government Plug-in Car Grant is deducted. That’s a fair amount more than the 500 used to be – and a bit more than the Mini Electric, too. But it does offer more range than the latter car, and indeed the new Honda e. 

People will certainly want this new 500. Whether they’ll be able to afford one is another question.

One-off 500s for charity: Armani, Bvlgari and Kartell

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To celebrate the new car’s release, Fiat has created three one-offs in collaboration with three fashion brands (very in-keeping with the car’s customer base).

These are the 500 Giorgio Armani, the B.500 with Bvlgari, plus the 500 Kartell.  If you simply must have one, they’re due to be auctioned for charity.

2020 Fiat 500 revealed: The story of the Cinquecento

Fiat has finally revealed the new 500, which replaces its popular predecessor after 13 years. The 2020 model is still stylish and desirable, but now comes with electric power. At this pivotal moment in the history of the Cinquecento, we decided to look back at its 63 years so far.

2020 Fiat 50e

If you look closely at the new electric 500, you’ll see they’ve replaced the last ‘0’ in some of the badges with an ‘e’. Subtle, but effective.

Revolution under evolution

Underneath, more serious changes were needed, given the last 500 had been on sale for 13 years. This one uses an all-new platform, with an electric-only powertrain good for 199 miles of range (WLTP).

Preserving the icon

But you won’t spit your cappucino out upon first seeing it. The style icon is still instantly recognisable. Modern LED headlights keep the circular look, but in a new and interesting way. It’s still cute.

Minimal cabin, maximum tech

They’ve done the same on the inside, too. While there’s now a giant touchscreen and Fiat’s new user interface, which allows drivers to control parts of the car with their phone, the retro feel remains.

Yours for £29,000

The launch edition convertible, called La Prima, is limited to 500 units and available to order now. The full price will be £29,000 after the Plug-in Car Grant is deducted. Yes, that’s a fair bit, given the rival Honda e and Mini Electric are a few thousand less, but they also offer less range.

Three one-offs to be auctioned for charity

One-off designs from Armani, Bvlgari and Kartell are going up for auction to raise money for charity. If you want one, you’ll need to bid… Now, at this pivotal moment in the history of the Cinquecento, let’s look back at its 63 years so far.

Nuova 500: launched in 1957

The Nuova 500 launched in 1957 and helped mobilise an entire nation.

Nearly 3.8 million produced

During an 18-year production life, nearly 3.8 million units were produced.

Built in Turin

The Fiat 500 was built at the famous Fiat Lingotto factory in Turin.

Parade in Turin

Here we see a parade of new Fiat 500s just around the corner from the factory in Turin.

Powered by a 479cc engine

The first cars were powered by a two-cylinder, 479cc, air-cooled engine.

Measured just 9-feet long

The Fiat 500 measured just 9-feet long and was one of the very first city cars ever built.

Lights, camera, action

The 500’s cute styling meant it was a natural in front of the camera.

Liege-Brescia-Liege Rally

In 1958, seven Fiat 500s entered the Liege-Brescia-Liege Rally and finished 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 13th.

Cut-away drawing

This cut-away drawing shows the Fiat 500 at its simplistic best. It was incredibly easy to maintain.

New Fiat badge

From 1972, the 500 featured the new Fiat badge on the front.

Fiat 500 De Luxe

This is a Fiat 500 De Luxe, produced between 1968 and 1972. Note the chrome nudge bars on the front and rear.

Fiat 500 De Luxe

Has there ever been a prettier city car? Discuss…

Fiat 500 Abarth

Here’s an early Fiat 500 Abarth on what appears to be the famous rooftop test track in Turin.

Fiat 500 in Britain

A group of UK journalists inspect the new Fiat 500.

Fiat 500

A photo showing the spartan interior of the Fiat 500.

Smile!

It’s impossible to look at this photo and not smile. The 500 has that effect on people.

All smiles

We challenge anyone to drive a Fiat 500 and not spend the entire time grinning like a Cheshire Cat.

World’s largest display of Fiat cars

In 2006, the Fiat 500 Club Italia organised the world’s largest display of Fiat cars, when 754 cars turned up for a parade.

Turin to Beijing

And these chaps drove from Turin to the Olympic Games in Beijing, a journey of some 20,000km.

Fiat 500s at Monaco

Here’s a group of Fiat 500s tackling the famous Monaco GP circuit. We doubt they set a fastest lap time.

Red noses

Yes, the 500s do appear to have red noses on the front.

Old meets new

In this photo, the new Fiat 500 looks to be the same size as the original. As we know, this is not the case.

Launched in 2007

The all-new Fiat 500 was launched in 2007 and fast became the must-have accessory to be seen in.

It’s a dog’s life

Has anyone lost a dog?

Dog gone

Seriously, this dog appears to be lost.

Reunited

Oh, it’s OK. The dog has found its owner. Although someone has left a Fiat 500 on the beach.

All aboard the Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 is many things, but the last time we looked you couldn’t take it to water.

Fiat 500 Ferrari

There have been many, many Fiat 500 special editions produced since 2007, including the 500 Sport Ferrari.

New 2015 Fiat 500

Fiat unveiled a facelifted 500 in 2015, which was said to benefit from 1,800 detail changes.

1.5 million produced

At that point, more than 1.5 million ‘new’ Fiat 500s had been built. Wisely, Fiat didn’t stray far from the recipe for its update.

Available in hatchback and convertible

The Fiat 500 facelift was available in both hatchback and convertible forms.

Gone boating

Fiat teamed up with Riva to give a select few special 500s a luxury speedboat feel. It worked, although we wouldn’t advise crossing any rivers…

Mild hybrid

Curiously, very soon before the new 2020 500 was launched, Fiat revealed a mild hybrid model. We suspect this will be the electrified 500 you can actually buy in 2020, before the fully electric version follows in 2021.

The all-new 500

Now, the new 500 for 2020. Keep clicking for more pictures of it.

2020 Fiat 500: in pictures

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Fiat 500 mild hybrid

Fiat 500 and Panda Mild Hybrid pricing revealed

Fiat 500 mild hybrid

Fiat has revealed pricing for the mild hybrid variants of its small cars, including the hot cakes-seller 500, and the boxy Panda. The former will be arriving in showrooms in February 2020, while the Panda will follow in March.

The 500 will be available from a very reasonable £12,665, and the Panda will start at £13,855.

However, Hybrid Launch Editions offer something a bit more posh. Exclusive to these versions are the new Dew Green paint, and a new material for the seats made of recycled plastic.

They’ll be available from £16,795, and £14,385 respectively for the 500 and the Panda.

Fiat 500 mild hybrid pricing

The update is a welcome one, as the 2020 95g/km fleet emissions limit kicks into action, and Fiat’s small big-sellers grow ever-longer in the tooth. At present, the marque shifts around 400,000 of the two every year.

The mild hybrid system is a 12-volt belt-integrated starter generator electric motor (commonly called ‘BSG’) and a lithium battery combined with the 1.0-litre three-cylinder ‘FireFly’ motor. It matches the outgoing 1.2-litre engine on power, with 70hp on tap.

However, it’s said to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, by 30 percent. The 500 mild hybrid produces 88g/km of CO2 on the old NEDC2 cycle, and the Panda 89g/km. The 500 and the Panda will return 53.3 and 49.6mpg respectively.

Fiat 500 mild hybrid pricing

Pricing – Fiat 500 Mild Hybrid

  • Pop: £12,665
  • Lounge: £14,395
  • Sport: £14,565
  • Star: £15,895
  • Rockstar: £16,065
  • Launch Edition: £16,795

    Fiat 500 mild hybrid

Pricing – Fiat Panda Mild Hybrid

  • City Cross: £13,885
  • Lauunch Edition: £14,385
  • Trussardi: £14,485

Abarth 695 70th Anniversario review: double espresso to go

Abarth 695 70th Anniversario

“There’s a certain satisfaction in humiliating bigger and more expensive cars with a modest hatchback.” So said Carlo Abarth (1928-1979), the larger-than-life motorcycle racer and pioneer of bolt-on car tuning kits, who spent his life doing just that. Today, the highly modified Fiats that bear his name – and scorpion star sign – still squeeze feisty performance into a pint-sized package.

Abarth was always obsessed with speed. Aged 11, he wrapped leather belts around the wooden wheels of his scooter to win races against local children. He was European motorcycle champion five times, and also beat the Orient Express train on two wheels, racing 850 miles from Vienna to Ostend. In 1949, he set up his own company, preparing cars for competition and selling parts. If you owned a Fiat but dreamed of a Ferrari, Carlo ‘The Magician’ Abarth was your man.

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The new 695 70th Annniversario celebrates 70 years since Carlo nailed his name above the door. In true Abarth tradition, it’s loaded with go-faster goodies: 17-inch OZ alloys, Sabelt seats, Koni shock absorbers, Brembo brakes and a quad-tailpipe Record Monza exhaust. There’s also a manually adjustable rear spoiler that delivers real downforce, plus the option of ‘Monza 1958’ green paint (seen here) – a tribute to the first Fiat 500 Abarth. A total of 1,949 will be made, marking the firm’s founding year.

Abarth Days 2019

Before I drive the Anniversario, however, there’s more celebrating to be done. More than 5,000 Abarth fans and 3,000 cars – most of them modified – have descended on Milan for ‘the largest official Abarth meeting in history’. They have come from all corners of Europe, including the Czech Republic, Portugal and the UK. And they have come to party.

The pounding Euro-techno starts at 9am and doesn’t stop for the rest of the day. Thankfully, the cacophony of revving engines, hissing dump valves and popping exhausts mostly drowns it out. There’s boundless creativity on show, including Abarths with rust-look wraps, bouncing air suspension and upwards-opening ‘Lamborghini doors’. One crowd-pulling 595 has a 370hp Alfa Romeo 4C engine, ultra-wide wheels and four-wheel drive. I suspect Carlo would approve.

Launched at the event (in a blizzard of dry ice and even louder techno), the 70th Annniversario also turns plenty of heads. On the inside, it’s still unmistakably a Fiat 500 – a car first launched in 2007 – but the hip-hugging seats, alloy gearlever and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel all feel suitably special. The 180hp 1.4-litre engine ignites with a throaty gargle and I swiftly leave Milan behind, heading south towards Modena and Italian supercar country.

Abarth 695 70th Anniversario

Not much happens until 3,000rpm, then the 695 abruptly necks a double espresso and races to the redline. This waaaait-for-it turbo lag seems oddly old-school, but ramps up the intensity and sensation of speed. For the record, 0-62mph takes 6.7 seconds and VMax is 139mph. The manual gearbox is slick and snappy, although it only has five ratios where most rivals offer six. It’s vastly preferable to the clunky auto ’box, however.

On rural roads, the Abarth is like an eager puppy: bouncy, boisterous and brimful of Italian brio. Turn-in is immediate, the brakes are tenacious and its mechanical limited-slip differential bites into corners. Switching to Sport mode sharpens throttle response, too. It’s a shame the light steering doesn’t offer more feedback; there isn’t the sense of connection you feel in a Ford Fiesta ST.

The Fiesta has another notable advantage: even the top-spec ST-3 is around £7,000 cheaper. And Abarth’s own 595 Esseesse, which has the same engine, costs £4,000 less. So spending £29,695 on the 695 70th Anniversario doesn’t really make sense. But as a surefire future classic that will impress the Abarthisti – and humiliate some bigger and (even) more expensive cars into the bargain – it has its place.

Price: £29,695

0-62mph: 6.7sec

Top speed: 139mph

CO2 G/KM: 155

MPG combined: 36.7

Abarth 695 70th Anniversario: in pictures

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