Pricing and specification for the 2023 Fiat 500e electric city car has been confirmed by Stellantis Australia ahead of its confirmed launch in mid-2023.
La Prima translates directly from Italian to English as ‘The First’, and serves as a launch edition of the electric city car.
It’s powered by a single, front-mounted electric motor producing 87kW of power and 220Nm of torque. It’s mated with a 42kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Notably absent is the base 23.8kWh battery and 70kW electric motor combination offered in markets like Italy, as well as the cabriolet and 3+1 hatchback body styles. It’s unclear if any of these will come to Australia.
The Fiat 500e fell short of a five-star safety rating ANCAP testing, instead receiving four stars.
We’ve been waiting a while for the 500e, which was first revealed back in March 2020.
As we missed out on the first generation of Fiat’s EV city car, the now not-so-new 500e will be the first EV offered by the brand in Australia.
Those wanting a more powerful EV hatch will need to opt for the Abarth 500e, which has been confirmed for a late 2023 launch.
It features the same 42kWh battery and 85kW DC fast-charging but a more powerful 114kW/235Nm electric motor, slashing the 0-100km/h time to a claimed 7.0 seconds.
Abarth has also programmed a more distinctive propulsion sound and a choice of three driving modes.
- 2023 Fiat 500e La Prima: $52,500
This price is before on-road costs.
The Fiat 500e La Prima is powered by a single, front-mounted electric motor producing 87kW of power and 220Nm of torque. This is mated with a 42kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
Fiat claims the 500e can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 9.0 seconds.
In Europe the Fiat 500e La Prima has a claimed range of 311km according to an undisclosed testing standard. The Australian-specification model is expected to have the same amount of range.
The 500e can charge at a maximum rate of 85kW when plugged into a DC fast-charger. Fiat claims a charge from 0-80 per cent will take 35 minutes.
The Fiat 500e measures in at 3631mm long, 1683mm wide, and 1529mm tall with a 2322mm wheelbase.
With the rear seats upright there’s 185 litres of boot space, which can be expanded to 550 litres with them folded.
Stellantis Australia hasn’t detailed any information about the Fiat 500e’s warranty and servicing. It’s expected to be covered by the company’s three-year, or 150,000km warranty.
The Fiat 500e has a four-star ANCAP safety rating based on testing conducted by Euro NCAP in 2021.
It received 78 per cent for adult occupant protection, 79 per cent for child occupant protection, 67 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 67 per cent for safety assist.
The 2023 Fiat 500e La Prima comes standard with the following safety features:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Pedestrian detection
- Cyclist detection
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane centring
- Intelligent speed assist
- Traffic sign recognition
- Attention Assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Traffic jam assist
- Reversing camera
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Tyre pressure monitoring
The 2023 Fiat 500e La Prima comes standard with the following features:
- Mode 3 charging cable (11kW)
- 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels
- Automatic LED headlights
- Auto high-beam
- LED daytime running lights
- LED tail lights
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Chrome exterior highlights
- Privacy glass
- 7.0-inch TFT digital instrument cluster
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- DAB+ digital radio
- Six-speaker sound system
- Climate control
- Keyless entry and push-button start
- Centre armrest and closed centre console
- Bi-colour steering wheel
- Premium woven dashboard finisher
- Ice beige eco-leather upholstery
- Six-way manual adjusting front seats
- Heated front seats
- Branded floor mats
The 2023 Fiat 500e La Prima is available in the following exterior paint colours:
- Ice White
- Onyx Black
- Ocean Green
- Mineral Grey
- Rose Gold
- Celestial Blue
All colours besides Ice White cost an additional $700, besides Celestial Blue which costs an additional $1600.
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