Fiat has revealed the new 500 hatchback and is already accepting reservations for the all-electric supermini.
The debut of the Italian EV follows the unveiling of the 500 Convertible in March.
Priced from £26,995 (inc grant), the new model can be reserved with no deposit via the Fiat website.
Once the vehicle is available to order, those with reservations will be the first to be contacted by their chosen dealer and given the option to purchase one.
The first cars will be specified in ‘la Prima’ special edition trim, featuring a panoramic glass sunroof and a choice of three exclusive paint colours: pearlescent Ocean Green; metallic Mineral Grey and three-layer Celestial Blue.
As standard, the ‘la Prima’ model includes LED headlights, 17-inch diamond-cut wheels, chrome trim and eco-leather seat upholstery.
The 42kWh battery gives the new 500 a range of up to 199 miles and a fast charge system takes only five minutes to build up a sufficient energy reserve to travel 30 miles.
It can also power the battery to 80% in 35 minutes.
The New 500 has three driving modes: Normal, Range and Sherpa, which can be selected to suit your driving style or requirements.
Sherpa mode optimises the available resources to reduce fuel consumption to a minimum, enabling it to reach the destination set on the navigation system or the nearest charging station.
This driving mode adjusts various parameters: maximum speed is limited to 50mph; accelerator response is managed in order to reduce energy consumption; and deactivation of both the climate control system and heated seats (the driver has the option of activating them at any time).
‘Normal’ mode is as close as possible to driving a vehicle with a normal combustion engine, while ‘Range’ mode activates the ‘one-pedal-drive’ function. By selecting this driving mode, the new 500 can be driven with the accelerator pedal alone.
The electric motor has an output of 87kW, providing a maximum speed of 93mph (self-limited) and acceleration from zero to 62mph in nine seconds.
The new 500 is the first car to be equipped with FCA’s new UConnect 5 infotainment system. It offers smartphone integration via a 10.25-inch high-definition touchscreen and is fully ‘connected’ with mobile app interactivity.
First deliveries od the new Fiat 500 are expected to commence in late 2020/early 2021.