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2021 Fiat 500e 3+1 revealed: Third bodystyle added to electric small-car successor

Fiat's new-generation 500 range continues to expand in Europe, but no update for Australia.

Fiat has revealed a third bodystyle for its all-electric 500 hatchback successor, but the future of the Fiat brand still seems in doubt for the Australian market.

The new-generation Fiat 500 already has hatch and convertible bodystyles, but it can now add a Hyundai Veloster-style 3+1 coupe to its lineup.

This new bodystyle has a third ‘suicide door’ to allow easier access to its two rear seats, and like the rest of the range will be available in three variants in Europe, the Action, Passion, and Icon.

The new 500 is available with two battery sizes good for either a WLTP rated 180km (23kWh battery) or 320km range (42kWh battery), the latter of which the brand said can be extended up to 460km in urban scenarios thanks to regenerative braking.

The 500 3+1 also features a Jaguar-style wearable key, as well as fast charging up to 85kW on DC and a surprisingly fast AC throughput of 11kW. The electric 500 range accepts European standard Type 2 and Type 2 CCS charging cables.

Fiat provides flexible AC and DC charging capability for its small electric car. Fiat provides flexible AC and DC charging capability for its small electric car.

Fiat says the new 500 is capable of ‘Level 2’ driving autonomy via adaptive cruise control, but also features auto emergency braking as well as lane keep assist with lane departure warning.

The 500 starts from the equivalent of AU$33,030.22 in its home market, but still hasn’t been confirmed for Australia despite the new-generation car having been revealed in Europe for some time.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) boss Kevin Flynn told CarsGuide in August that the brand was committed to its Italian brands Fiat and Alfa Romeo for the long term, but the group’s energies had been focused on Jeep.

“It will not surprise you that the initial focus was put on Jeep because it is the lion’s share,” he said. “We are pulling together a team internally that will only work on these products and brands.”

The current-generation 500 soldiers on in Australia, moving 356 units to the end of September this year. It is down 37 per cent year on year but continues to command almost 10 per cent of the shrinking light car segment.