All-new Fiat 500: Mirafiori plant prepares to build the 2020 electric city car

The Fiat allocates around £700 million for the retooling of its Turin facility for new all-electric Fiat 500

Fiat’s Mirafiori Plant in Turin is currently being reconfigured in preparation for the production of the next-generation all-electric 500. The Italian manufacturer has allocated around £700 million for the project, and plans to launch its all-electric city car at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Our exclusive images preview the new 500’s styling.

The current-generation model has been a staple of Fiat’s range for more than a decade, with over two million units produced since its introduction in 2005. It remains a popular seller for the brand to this day but, to keep pace with the likes of MINI and Honda (both of which now feature all-electric vehicles in their ranges), Fiat is planning a bold reinvention for the 500.

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There will be no internal combustion engine offered in the next car. It will be entirely electric and will be redesigned to appeal to the 500’s increasingly upmarket customer base. FCA’s Chief Marketing Officer, Oliver Francois said: “Premium is the way we will go with the EV 500. A new 500, totally renewed. Totally electric. It’s kind of an urban Tesla, with beautiful style. Italianess, dolce vita in an electric car. It’s the polar opposite of Centoventi.”

The Centoventi concept was a surprise entry from Fiat for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It previewed the next-generation Panda, which is touted to feature a selection of affordable electric powertrains, offering anywhere between 60 and 300 miles of range.

Francois could not clarify whether the two vehicles would share the same platform, but he did confirm that the next-generation 500 will use FCA’s brand new dedicated electric underpinnings. He said: “It’s a new platform designed for electrification. It makes the car radically different. It’s still a 500, same size, same proportions, but it’s just not the same car. The 500 of the future”.

FCA’s marketing chief also hinted that, due to the all-electric 500’s planned shift upmarket, its price would increase significantly over the outgoing model. However, Francois pointed towards the appeal of the more expensive limited edition variants of the current car, adding: “the appeal of the 500 is so strong we may not lose customers.”

Production of the all-new Fiat 500 EV will commence during the second quarter of 2020, on a dedicated assembly line manned by a 1,200-strong workforce. Fiat forecasts an annual production capacity of 80,000 units, with the potential for further expansion should customer demand exceed expectations.

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An Abarth version is not part of the plan at present, but could potentially appear further into the 500 EV’s lifespan. Francois also confirmed that the new 500 EV would not be the end of the line for the current generation 500 though, which will continue on after the launch of the new electric model, offering buyers a more affordable route into 500 ownership with a selection of petrol engines.

Now read all the latest on the Fiat Centoventi Concept. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

All-new Fiat 500 due with electric power only in 2020

Fiat has confirmed it will launch a next-generation 500 city car in 2020 which will see the brand take its icon all-electric and with a luxury focus and we have exclusive images of how it could look. The all-electric Fiat 500 will be revealed in production form exactly 12 months from now at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.

The current-generation 500 has been a staple of the Fiat range for well over a decade with over two million produced since introduction in 2005, and is still a hugely popular seller for the brand. However, Fiat has to move with the times, and is plotting a bold reinvention of the car.

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There will be no internal combustion variant of the next car – it will be entirely electric, and will be redesigned to appeal to an increasingly upmarket customer base for the 500.

“Premium is the way we will go with the EV 500”, explained head of Fiat and FCA chief marketing officer Olivier Francois.

“A new 500, totally renewed. A new object. Totally electric. It’s kind of an urban Tesla, with beautiful style. Italianess, dolce vita in an electric car. It’s the polar opposite of Centoventi.”

Fiat’s big surprise at the Geneva Motor Show was the reveal of the Centoventi concept, previewing a next-generation Panda with affordable, low-range electric powertrain options.

Francois could not clarify if the two vehicles would use the same platform, but did confirm that the next-gen all-electric 500 will use a brand new dedicated electric architecture currently under development by FCA.

“It’s a new platform designed for electrification. It makes the car radically different. It’s still a 500, same size same proportions, but it’s just not the same car. The 500 of the future”.

Francois hinted that with the 500 EV more upmarket position compared to the current car would be reflected in the asking price, but did not name a figure. However, pointing to the appeal of expensive limited edition versions of the current car, he added “the appeal of the 500 is so strong we may not lose customers” with an expensive all-electric version.

An Abarth version is not part of the plan at present, but could potentially appear further into the 500 EV’s lifespan.

Francois confirmed that the new 500 EV would not be the end of the line for the current generation 500 though, which will continue on after the launch of the new electric model, offering buyers a more affordable route into 500 ownership with a selection of petrol engines.

Now read all the latest on the Fiat Centoventi Concept. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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