UPDATE: After publishing this submit, Fiat introduced its Fiat Go with some pictures of the 500e Pink, one of many preliminary trims to ship to U.S. sellers. The go is “a digital collectible that acts as a social VIN to unlock enjoyable rewards and extraordinary experiences that commemorate the FIAT model’s iconic heritage and its shared, sustainable future.” The advantages of signing up for an as-yet-unknown worth embody precedence entry to order the 500e Pink, digital artwork, “mobility credit score” for driving the 500e, and “precedence entry to future car releases.” This is a photograph of the 500e Pink, adopted by the unique submit:
Final 12 months, Fiat mentioned its cute, dinky 500e electrical hatchback would go on sale right here at first of 2024. We’re not removed from the calendar’s massive flip. Fiat’s U.S. web site opens with a banner telling us, “Get able to revel within the particulars,” December 5 being the day to unlock 500e specs and to “Take a more in-depth have a look at all-electric Italian engineering.” Whereas we wait, Vehicles Direct did its standard, discovering an early order information with an MSRP for the 500e: $32,500, excluding vacation spot. If that is the quantity that finally ends up on window stickers, the electrical two-door would fall between the 2 trims of the only ICE four-door Fiat presently sells right here, the $30,245 500X Pop Techy Traveler and the $33,275 500X Sport Sporty Socialite. All costs exclude the vacation spot cost until famous.
This MSRP additionally places the 500e beneath all however 4 EVs available on the market in the mean time, the $28,140 Nissan Leaf, the $26,500 Chevrolet Bolt, and the $27,850 Bolt EUV, and the $30,900 Mini Cooper SE. In actual fact, $32,500 is lower than the worth of the bygone 500e; when it left the market in 2019, it value $33,210. That is an ostensible distinction of $710, nonetheless — and this is perhaps probably the most scary sentence we write all day — the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI Inflation Calculator tells us that $33,210 in Could 2019 is equal to $39,898.76 in October of this 12 months.
We solely have European specs to go on till December 5. In Italy, the 500e runs on a 42-kWh battery powering a single motor on the entrance axle able to 117 horsepower however restricted to a most energy score of 94. Vary on the WLTP cycle is 199 miles. Our EPA-rated vary will likely be decrease, though it ought to handily beat the 84-mile estimated vary of the previous automobile. Vehicles Direct mentioned the order information indicated models for our market would get fabric bucket seats with purple accents and a ten.25-inch Uconnect display with navigation customary, and trip on 17-inch aluminum wheels sporting 205/45R17 all-season tires.
The principle query will likely be whether or not the 500e might be profitable sales-wise a trend merchandise on its second go-round, having did not be on its first. Admittedly, the previous automobile was solely offered in a tiny variety of states, which may very well be the case once more. As for competitors, the Mini Cooper EV’s worth will rise when the new-gen electrical Cooper SE comes by. The four-door 2023 Kona Electrical begins at $33,550, makes 201 hp and is rated to go 258 miles on a cost. Its worth can also be prone to rise some when the redesigned model debuts quickly. The Chevrolet Bolt twins are headed for the door, however the coming Chevrolet Equinox EV is predicted to start out at $34,995 together with vacation spot and supply a 300-mile vary. The Chevy additionally qualifies for the total $7,500 tax credit score, a profit we’re unsure the 500e will declare. After which there’s the elephant on the charging station, the $38,990 Tesla Mannequin 3, one other tax credit score candidate.
Full disclosure, we have already gone on report calling the 500e “fairly nice” and saying Fiat ought to deliver the mannequin right here, and in our First Drive, we wrote, “there’s a subset of the inhabitants that can welcome the 500e as the right automobile.” We hope it succeeds. Keep tuned for December 5 when Fiat fills in some blanks and provides us an thought of how massive that subset is perhaps.