Fiat has applied a new hybrid technology in its sibling iconic city cars – the Cinquecento and Panda. They are the first FCA Group’s hybrid models in the subcompact segment.
The 2020 Fiat 500 and Panda Hybrid will go on sale from February and March 2020, respectively. So, Fiat starts electrification with their launch. After the hybrids, the all-electric versions will follow later on.
A special “Launch Edition” will available first for both models. Customers can already place orders at European dealerships of the brand.
The vehicles come with a new mild-hybrid system enabling improved efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. It comprises the latest-generation 3-cylinder FireFly 1.0-liter 70 hp (51 kW) petrol engine, a 12-volt belt-integrated starter generator and a 11-Ah lithium battery.
The system recovers energy during braking and deceleration, stores it in the battery and uses it at a top power of 3,600 W to restart the engine in Stop&Start mode and to assist it during acceleration.
Both cars are Euro 6D Final-compliant.
The Fiat Panda Hybrid and the Fiat 500 Hybrid of the special series have distinctive “Hybrid” sign and “H” logo, as well as the “Dewdrop Green” exterior.
The seats are made of special certified material – SEAQUAL YARN. This is the transformed plastic, marine polyester + other natural, recycled or recovered fibers, which 10% originate from the sea and 90% from the land.
Dyes and finishes are also eco-friendly and based on saving of water and energy. Fiat is the partner of SEAQUAL INITIATIVE supporting ocean clean-ups.
As for the prices for hybrid Fiat 500 and Panda, they will be higher that those of conventional non-hybrid versions.
Currently the base Fiat 500 Pop costs from £12,375 in the UK, the Panda Pop is from £10,255 there. The prices in Germany start from €12,990 (500 Serie 7) and €13,040 (Panda City Cross).