Fiat is hanging on by a thread in the United States, but the company isn’t throwing in the towel. Quite the opposite as the brand is teasing the return of the 500e.
Set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17th, the redesigned hatch should be virtually identical to the European variant that was introduced in 2020.
Little is known about the car at this point, but Fiat said fans will “feel the electricity” as they will have an “electric and exciting reveal of one of the most iconic and classic Fiat brand vehicles of all-time.” If that didn’t make things obvious enough, the teaser image is titled “500e” and it shows the distinctive front lighting units of the 500 EV sold overseas.
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There’s no word on US specifications at this point, but the European model offers electric motors with outputs of 94 hp (70 kW / 95 PS) and 117 hp (87 kW / 118 PS). Customers can also choose between 24 and 42 kWh battery packs. The more powerful of the two offers up to 199 miles (320 km) of range in the UK, although EPA estimates will likely be lower.
We’ll find out more shortly, but the return of the 500e can’t come soon enough as Fiat’s lineup has been reduced to a single model in the United States. Following the deaths of the 500, 500L, and 124 Spider, Fiat only offers the 500X in America and sales have been predictably lackluster as the company has only sold 757 units through the first nine months of the year.