The new Fiat 600e is a stylish electric successor to the 500X SUV
- Fiat has unveiled a new electric car for the European market called the 600e, which outperforms the electric version of the 500.
- The 600e is a few inches shorter than the 500X crossover, which is the only model Fiat currently sells in the U.S., and has a range of 249 miles in Europe.
- The 600e has 154 horsepower and reaches 62 mph in 9.0 seconds. It is not expected to reach the US market as Fiat is preparing to launch the 500e here next year.
Last fall, Jeep unveiled its first electric vehicle, a small crossover called the Avenger for the European market. Now Fiat has created its own spin on the same platform, today unveiling the new 600e with nice styling, a powerful all-electric range, and a sleek-looking interior. Fiat says electric underpinnings provide more interior space and an “increased Dolce Vita feel.” We’ll have to discover a new test to measure what that means.
The 600 name dates back to the 1950s, when Fiat launched a slightly larger variant of the iconic 500, and the new 600e occupies a similar space in Fiat’s current lineup. At 164.2 inches long, the 600e extends about 14.0 inches further than the 500e. But it’s about 8.0 inches behind the 2023 Kia Rio, which is among the smallest cars on sale in the United States today. The 600e still seats five passengers and offers nearly 13 cubic feet of space in the cargo area.
Like the Avenger, the 600e uses a 54.0-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, offering a range of more than 249 miles on Europe’s WLTP test cycle, which typically returns more optimistic numbers than the EPA’s. In city driving, which will be the 600e’s comfort zone, Fiat claims a range of more than 373 miles. Fiat says the 600e can be charged at speeds of up to 100 kilowatts, replenishing the battery to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes. A single electric motor sends 154 horsepower to the front wheels, and Fiat says the 600e can reach 62 mph in 9.0 seconds.
The 600e has a similar rounded design to the 500e, with plenty of smooth surfaces and nice-looking features. As on the 500e, the oval LED headlights encase a piece of body-colour trim, which is reflected by the running lights below. Inside the wheel arches – which feature black edging that extends down the side edges – are 18-inch wheels with a sleek design, at least on the higher trims. There are ‘600e’ badges on each side of the car, with the logo at the rear incorporating the colors of the Italian flag.
The oval design continues inside, where the curved dashboard sprouts a 10.3-inch display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Complemented by a 7.0-inch digital display, the 600e also has a wireless charger and several USB ports. Ambient lighting can be set in eight different colours, and there’s also a hands-free power liftgate and a six-speaker sound system. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable and offers a back massage function as standard, which Fiat says will help you enter “full Italian spa time.”
The 600e will add a hybrid engine by the middle of next year, after the electric version reaches Italian customers starting in September. Beyond that, it’s not clear what Fiat has planned for the 600e. The 600e is only a few inches shorter than the 500X, which has been around since 2016. But Fiat’s CEO said Car and driver Last year it was announced that there would be no replacement for the 500X in the US, with the brand fully focused on the 500e which will hit the US market in 2024, so the 600e will presumably remain forbidden fruit.
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