Fiat Introduces 600e Across the Pond

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

fiat introduces 600e across the pond

The very Italian marque Fiat continues to roll out new products – in markets not named North America, of course. This time, we learn it is launching the all-electric 600e, sized larger than the 500e since it is intended to play in the B-segment. 

And by “very Italian”, we, of course, mean its newest vehicle shares structure with a Jeep.

We confess to being slightly puzzled by Fiat’s choice in design direction for those headlamps, adding a skiff of body color to the upper reaches of the area’s circle. It does align with the car’s hood but makes the thing looks like it is tired. Or indulging in Colorado’s finest. Whatever the judgment, it seems most upcoming Fiats will share this styling cue.

Nevertheless, it looks every inch a Fiat despite sharing bones with the Jeep Avenger, another will-they-or-won’t-they model (in terms of bringing it to North America). The brand says its 600e packs a 54-kWh battery good for about 400 kilometers – about 250 miles – of range, though that’s on the endlessly optimistic WLTP cycle. It can hoover electrons from fast chargers belting out juice up at rates up to 100kW, meaning it should be possible to replenish the battery in about half an hour. A hybrid variant is in the works, apparently. The model has 155 horsepower and can run to highway speeds from rest in about 9.0 seconds. Not speedy, but probably more than adequate for zipping through Italian traffic and living the Dolce Vita.

In case you’re wondering, Fiat has sold a grand total of 282 cars through the first six months of this year, down 52 percent from the same time frame 12 months ago. That’s less than four times the number of Ram pickup trucks sold per day during the equivalent two quarters. Just the 500X holds a candle for the brand these days, though official sales stats show dealers managed to dig up three 500L and a lone 500 model to sell so far this year. The former vanished from our shores in the 2020 model year.

The Fiat 600e is expected to appear in Europe later this autumn.

[Images: Fiat]

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  • Dartdude Dartdude on Jul 06, 2023

    Fiat's design language doesn't resonate with Americans. They should keep Fiat in Europe where it belongs. Stellantis already has brands here that sell well here. They just need to stock the brands with product and need to update more often. The Pacifica came out in 2017 and has only minor update in 6 years. Should of been a new model within 5 year cycle. Hyundai/Kia seems to constantly updating the products.

  • Cprescott Cprescott on Jul 06, 2023

    Fiats just aren't impressive. Hard to like a vehicle that feels like it was built in the 1960's but is sold as a new product. Road in a friend's recently and it was the worst experience since my sister's 1962 Falcon after we got it running.

  • Theflyersfan The two Louisville truck plants are still operating, but not sure for how much longer. I have a couple of friends who work at a manufacturing company in town that makes cooling systems for the trucks built here. And they are on pins and needles wondering if or when they get the call to not go back to work because there are no trucks being made. That's what drives me up the wall with these strikes. The auto workers still get a minimum amount of pay even while striking, but the massive support staff that builds components, staffs temp workers, runs the logistics, etc, ends up with nothing except the bare hope that the state's crippled unemployment system can help them keep afloat. In a city where shipping (UPS central hub and they almost went on strike on August 1) and heavy manufacturing (GE Appliance Park and the Ford plants) keeps tens of thousands of people employed, plus the support companies, any prolonged shutdown is a total disaster for the city as well. UAW members - you're not getting a 38% raise right away. That just doesn't happen. Start a little lower and end this. And then you can fight the good fight against the corner office staff who make millions for being in meetings all day.
  • Dusterdude The "fire them all" is looking a little less unreasonable the longer the union sticks to the totally ridiculous demands ( or maybe the members should fire theit leadership ! )
  • Thehyundaigarage Yes, Canadian market vehicles have had immobilizers mandated by transport Canada since around 2001.In the US market, some key start Toyotas and Nissans still don’t have immobilizers. The US doesn’t mandate immobilizers or daytime running lights, but they mandate TPMS, yet canada mandates both, but couldn’t care less about TPMS. You’d think we’d have universal standards in North America.
  • Alan I think this vehicle is aimed more at the dedicated offroad traveller. It costs around the same a 300 Series, so its quite an investment. It would be a waste to own as a daily driver, unless you want to be seen in a 'wank' vehicle like many Wrangler and Can Hardly Davidson types.The diesel would be the choice for off roading as its quite torquey down low and would return far superior mileage than a petrol vehicle.I would think this is more reliable than the Land Rovers, BMW make good engines.
  • Lorenzo I'll go with Stellantis. Last into the folly, first to bail out. Their European business won't fly with the German market being squeezed on electricity. Anybody can see the loss of Russian natural gas and closing their nuclear plants means high cost electricity. They're now buying electrons from French nuclear plants, as are the British after shutting down their coal industry. As for the American market, the American grid isn't in great shape either, but the US has shale oil and natural gas. Stellantis has profits from ICE Ram trucks and Jeeps, and they won't give that up.