‘Electric Nugget’: 2023 Fiat 500e Price and Specs Revealed for Australia
One of our most anticipated cars of the year, the Fiat 500e will be priced from $52,500 AUD before on-road costs in one ‘La Prima’ hatch trim, directly translating to ‘The First’ in English. More importantly, the anticipated range figure is more than 300km from its 42kWh high voltage lithium-ion battery pack, almost double that of the current electric MINI hatch. Look for the 500e to hit Aussie showrooms between July and September 2023.
While it costs nearly double the base-spec petrol Fiat 500 ‘Dolcevita’ ($27,220 AUD plus on-road costs), the car ticks all the boxes and then some with all the technology, range, power, and standard features that you would expect from a $50k car, just in nugget-form.
Related: 2023 Abarth 500e EV Revealed, Coming to Australia in 2023.
To fit the 42kWh high voltage lithium-ion battery pack, the length and track of the Fiat 500e have been stretched to 61mm and 56mm respectively. The overall range of the vehicle is what impresses us the most, tested to 311km in Europe the brand expects Australia to follow suit. Charging times are equally as impressive where the 500e is capable of charging 0-80% in 35 minutes thanks to a DC fast charging rate of 85kW.
Power from the front-mounted electric motor is a modest 87kW with a peak torque output of 220Nm. Doesn’t sound like much on paper, but that’s enough power to push the 500e from 0-100km/h in 9.0 seconds, and we know it will feel faster than it really is with instant EV torque.
The design itself looks to the past for inspiration, a two-spoke steering wheel and rounded cluster make a clear connection to the original 1957 Fiat 500 on the interior. The exterior follows course with a classic 500 shape matched by modern touches including diamond cut, glossy black 17-inch alloy wheels and LED DRL ‘eyebrows’ on the bonnet. Finishing off the outside is a new 500 logo on the tailgate that’s been redesigned to introduce the ‘e’ into the final ‘0’ on 500. It’s quirky and functional, and we love the way it looks.
While it’s relatively expensive, Fiat hasn’t skimped out on the technology and creature comfort with the new 500e. Infotainment is taken care of by a 10.25-inch tablet combined with a 7-inch TFT full digital cluster. Paying homage to the birthplace of the Fiat 500e the new wireless charging pad is found under the infotainment screen and features the Turin skyline.
Fiat knows the 500e will have its work cut out in the urban environment and has included an all-new braking system, Adaptive Cruise Control (iACC), Lane Centring (LC), rear-view parking camera and blind spot monitoring. Everything you need for shorter trips around town.
Priced from $52,500 AUD before on-road costs, the new Fiat 500e will be available in one ‘La Prima’ hatch trim when it arrives in Australian showrooms between July and September 2023.
It will compete directly with cars like the Mini Cooper SE ($55,650 before on-roads) but is closely priced to larger EVs like the BYD Atto 3 Extended Range ($51,011 before on-road costs) and Hyundai Kona Electric Elite ($54,500 before on-road costs). We expect it will be a bit hit.
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