The famous tiny hatchback from Italy is also available in all-electric version, which will continue pretty much without changes for the next year, as 2018 Fiat 500e. This subcompact hatchback is available in two states of America – California, and Oregon. It is present for about four years. It came in 2013 and features pretty much the same design as gasoline models. At the time it was released, it looked like this mini car could have a nice future. Thanks to its attractive styling, it was the first choice of many drivers, especially younger ones. However, it appears that electric model features all those bad things from the gasoline versions. It lacks in space, driving position is terrible and interior quality is very poor. However, it still has plenty of trumps, such as unique styling, quiet and smooth performance. At the end, it is extremely fun to drive.
2018 Fiat 500e redesign
The 2018 Fiat 500e will probably come without bigger changes. This tiny electric car is a derivate from the standard 500 models and comes with the pretty much same base design. In terms of exterior design, it features the same shape, although there are unique bumpers and several other details. There are some unique trims, but they will hardly be noticeable if you choose some darker color. Speaking of colors, there is one finish that comes exclusively for the electric version – a bright orange with white contrast panels. When it comes to the interior design, 2018 Fiat 500e will continue without changes. It is basically the same cabin as in gasoline models, although there are some new features on the dash. It terms of standard features, this small car has much to offer.
2018 Fiat 500e features
Just like the current model, 2018 Fiat 500e will come in a single trim version, which comes with a full load of standard features. Some of the notable standard features are things like heated side mirrors, rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, full power accessories, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control. The seats are heated, but manually adjustable. The Same thing is with the steering wheel. When it comes to technology features, 2018 500e will come with standard features like 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, voice commands, and a six-speaker Alpine audio system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port etc. There are also some optional features, such as a sunroof and an export appearance package that includes darkened exterior lamp bezels, orange exterior trim pieces, and special 15-inch wheels.
2018 Fiat 500e powertrain
This small hatchback replaces gasoline engine, fuel tank, transmission and other parts with the electric motor and battery pack. The 2018 Fiat 500e will continue in the same way, without changes. The powertrain consists of an 83-kilowatt electric motor and a 24-kWh lithium ion battery pack. The total output of the car is 111 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. Power comes to wheels through a single-speed transmission. This amount of power is enough for some nice performances and fun drive. The acceleration is quite good. It needs around 8.5 seconds for a 0-60 sprint. On the other side, fuel economy and range are absolutely amazing. Transferred to miles per gallons, this car could go all away up to 120 mpg. On the other side, the range is quite average and goes up to 87 miles.
2018 Fiat 500e release date and price
Since there won’t be any change, the 2018 Fiat 500e should come in usual time, which is somewhere late in the year. We also don’t expect changes in price. The current model goes around 33.000 dollars and the next-year model should cost the same. The competition among electric cars is pretty tough nowadays. Although there are cars of different types and sizes, they are all potential rivals. So, we can say that some of the key players in the segment are models like Nissan Leaf, VW e-Golf, Chevrolet Bolt and others.