In the product line of Fiat will be another electric vehicle that will replace the current outdated model of the 500L and 500X.
Fiat is in no hurry to update their European models: microvan 500L launched in 2012, subcompact crossover 500X – s 2014, and direct heirs to them, as it turned out, will not. Instead, the Italian brand will offer a versatile roomy subcompact electric car on the platform of the new 500e, but with a slightly longer wheelbase and probably a more impressive power reserve on a single charge (the 500e it is 320 km cycle WLTP).
According to the magazine Auto Express, with reference to the head of Fiat, Olivier Francois, the Union of the two form factors (microvena and crossover) in one naturally follows from the current market situation. Vans, regardless of size, retreating and giving way to crossovers. However, electric mobility platform with a flat floor will make the shop of the future 500XL same spacious as the current 500L, and thus all clients will be satisfied. Naturally, provided that ready to ride the electric car. Alas, this commitment yet hopelessly far from 100 percent, but because of the current 500L and 500X still long enough to hold on the line and will soon be hybridized. In fact, the new electric 500E is not dismissed ancient petrol “five”, both models will be produced in parallel.
It is curious that the 500L and now there is a cross version with conditional ofprogram plastic kit, but the demand is not helping: last year, Italian microvan, according to the resource CarSalesBase, found in Europe only 36 495 buyers, which is 27% less than in 2018, and the best year for this model was 2014, when it was sold 94 114 copies.
The Fiat 500X doing better: in 2019 the European dealers sold 89 361 PCs (-6%), but this is very far from the segment leaders Renault Captur and Volkswagen T-Roc with their numbers more than 200 thousand copies a year.
Meanwhile, it is unlikely the upcoming Fiat 500XL will be able to find a year at least 100 thousand buyers, as much of a competition is planned, and the price tag, according 500e will be biting, as all the “five hundredth” the family is now positioned as ecolabelling, aimed at combating the brand name MINI. A little closer to the shirnarmass will be new electric Panda, which will also receive the platform from the 500e.
Date of the debut of the Fiat 500XL fiatovsky head is not named, but judging by the hints, to wait for the new electric SUV should be no earlier than a year.