In 2020, the 500 and Panda hybrids launched the electrification of the Fiat range, and with the introduction of the new 500X Hybrid and Tipo Hybrid, this process can be considered complete. Both the Tipo and the 500X use a 1.5 FireFly petrol turbo-four and a 48-volt electric motor; in some cases, they can drive without starting the internal combustion engine, plus they spend less in the urban cycle than cars with a 1.6 diesel engine.
The Fiat hybrid powerplant is similar to that used on Jeep models with the e-Hybrid prefix. It is based on a 1.5 FireFly turbo engine with a capacity of 130 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. The seven-speed “robot” with two clutches has a built-in 48-volt electric motor with a capacity of 20 forces and 55 Nm. Moreover, it not only helps with acceleration, but also allows you to move and park without starting the internal combustion engine. The manufacturer estimates that the main engine can remain off up to 62 percent of the time in the urban cycle, up to 47 percent in the combined cycle.
Other benefits of hybrids include an 11 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, reduced turbo lag and reduced fuel consumption. For example, the Tipo Hybrid claims 4.7 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers in the WLTP urban driving cycle, while the diesel version will have five liters. At the same time, the 500X Hybrid accelerates from zero to one hundred kilometers per hour in 9.4 seconds, Tipo Hybrid – in exactly nine seconds.
Reception of orders for novelties will open until the end of February. Deliveries to dealerships are scheduled for April. The 500X Hybrid crossover will be manufactured by Fiat’s Italian plant in Melfi, and the Tipo Hybrid by Tofas’ Turkish company. For both models, it will be possible to order a 15 kilowatt charger and a set of electronic assistants, which includes adaptive high beam, lane keeping and a sign recognition system.
According to the development strategy as part of the Stellantis concern, starting next year, Fiat will introduce one new model each. Each will receive a fully electric version, and by 2027 the entire line of the brand will switch to electric traction.