ELECTRIC FOR SOME, 500 FOR OTHERS – With its iconic style, world-class dynamics and
environmentally responsible zero-emissions design, the Fiat 500e builds on the Cinquecento
legacy, while offering customers a no-compromise electric vehicle that embodies the FIAT
brand’s simple, purposeful, and fun-to-drive values. The move toward greater electrification is
not only about the technology, but also about reinventing the customer experience and
embracing the different needs of people and the planet.
Produced in its birthplace, Mirafiori, Italy. The 500e has the same inherent Italian Design as
its petrol Fiat 500 predecessor but its similarities end there. The 500e is equipped with a front
mounted electric motor, delivering 87kW with peak torque output of 220 Nm and 0-100km/h
in 9 seconds.
New Zealand’s 500e will also feature the highest specification battery pack of 42 kWh, capable
of 320km of driving range in a single full charge with a charging speed of 80% in 35 minutes.
Dimensions wise the 500e is 56mm wider and 61mm longer than the petrol 500, making for a
roomier interior. The round instrument hood invokes the typical 500 style, while the 7’’ TFT
full digital cluster fills it with colour and technology. In a true nod to its more sustainable nature,
the 500e interior includes features made with SEAQUAL marine plastic, a raw material made
from marine litter.
The 500e is available in two variants. The Pop, priced from $59,990, features a plethora of
safety, comfort and convenience features as standard including attention assist, lane control,
AEB, L2 autonomous driving, traffic sign recognition, heated seats, keyless entry-and-go, rear
sensors and rear-view camera.
The striking interior includes FIAT monogram seats, body coloured dash and a host of tech
features including wireless apple car play/android auto, 10”25 infotainment system, 7” TFT
display and wireless charger.
The 500e Icon, priced from $64,990, also features a fixed glass roof, a more premium interior
including ice-beige, FIAT eco-leather trim, and premium dashboard accents.
Exterior enhancements include chrome exterior accents, infinity LED headlights and
impressive 17” diamond cut alloy wheels. 360 parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, adaptive
cruise with lane centring and traffic jam assist round out the additional Icon offering.
Both models are available in a range of eye-catching exterior colours Ice White, Ocean Green,
Mineral Grey, Onyx Black, Rose Gold & Celestial Blue.
Sarah Williams, Fiat New Zealand Marketing Manager says “since launching globally the
demand to bring the 500e to New Zealand has been incredibly strong. The Fiat 500e
embodies the distinctive Fiat Cinquecento look and now offers unmistakable electric styling
and driveability that we know New Zealanders will love. We are excited to finally bring the
new sustainable phase of the Fiat brand to NZ.”
For those after something a little sportier, we can expect to see newly launched Abarth 500e
in New Zealand later in 2023 with more details to be confirmed closer to launch.
With two all-electric offerings coming next year, FIAT is moving towards the goal of being
100% electric in NZ in 2024.