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2024 Fiat 500e Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

Stellantis is gearing up to make Fiat showrooms cool again with the relaunch of the 500 city car for the 2024 model year. This time around, the two-door hatchback will be offered only in electric 500e form, likely powered by a 117 hp electric motor juiced by a 32.3 kWh battery pack. This setup is already on sale in Europe, where it carries a range estimate of up to 199 miles per charge — a number we expect to shrink slightly when the EPA does its testing for America. The 500e retains its retro-modern appeal, but with an updated exterior and interior that should help its stylish appeal. A large 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system is likely to run the Uconnect 5 software interface, and interior materials appear to have taken a big step up from the overly plasticky cabin of the previous generation car. When the 500e goes on sale in 2024, it will face stiff competition from other EVs that offer more interior space and longer driving ranges, but like the gasoline-powered model that reintroduced the Fiat brand in the US in 2011, the new 500e’s hopes are pegged to win over buyers with its stunning looks and Italian charm.

What’s new for 2024?

The 500e is new for 2024 after taking a hiatus from the US market since the 2019 model year. A production version is scheduled to debut at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale in the first quarter of 2024.

Prices and which one to buy

Doll

$40,000 (estimated)

Sport

$45,000 (estimated)

It’s too early to guess what trim levels the 2024 500e will be offered in, but if it mirrors that of the 500X SUV, we should see an entry-level Pop trim and a stylish Sport. When we find out more about the 500e’s pricing and standard features, we’ll update this story with those details and a recommendation on which one to buy.

EV motor, power and performance

Fiat hasn’t revealed what will power the 500e when it goes on sale in North America, but it will likely use the higher-powered 117-hp electric motor from the European version. Front-wheel drive will likely be the only option and we’re not holding our breath for Tesla-like acceleration. The last-generation 500e had a 111-hp electric motor and needed 8.4 seconds to reach 60 mph in our testing. The new model should offer similar performance. When we get a chance, we’ll take the new 500e for a test drive and update this story with driving impressions.

Range, charging and battery life

In other parts of the world, the 500e is offered with one of two battery packs, the larger of which offers up to 199 miles of driving according to the European WLTP cycle’s estimates. We think that will be a tough number to drive in the real world in America and expect an EPA range of closer to 160 miles per charge if Fiat offers the same battery pack in the US variant of the car.

Interior, comfort and cargo

Although it is still more or less the same size and shape as the last generation 500e, the new model’s interior looks more luxurious and has more contemporary technology. Three stylish concepts shown at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show offer a glimpse of what Fiat could do to up the car’s style quotient, though we doubt any of them will make it to production. The car is likely to be offered in hatchback and convertible forms, the latter having a retractable cloth roof while leaving the roof’s side pillars in place. In Europe, Fiat sells a model with a new 3+1 door layout, where a small half door opens on the passenger side to aid access to the rear seat. It’s unclear if that model will make it to the United States.

Infotainment and connectivity

The Fiat 500e is likely to come with a large 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and more modern software than the previous model. A digital gauge display is also likely to be standard, with readouts for not only speed but also state of charge for the battery. Fiat hasn’t released a full list of the 500e’s standard and optional features, but we expect to see wireless smartphone charging on the menu as well as in-dash navigation, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

As more information becomes available, we will update this story with more details on:

  • Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
  • Safety and Driver Assistance Features
  • Warranty and Maintenance Cover

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