As you might know, the automotive industry lately is talking a lot about going all-electric and being sustainable, and this “sustainability” umbrella includes recycling. Meaning, using recycled content as much as possible in the vehicle. Well, apparently, the usage of recycled content also includes the name! The Fiat 600 has returned as the Fiat 600e. Pre-orders have already commenced in Italy, with the first units arriving at dealerships by September.
There’ll be two variants at launch: Fiat 600e RED and Fiat 600e La Prima, with the former variant contributing a small percentage of every purchase to the RED organization. But anyway, the styling is very similar to that of the all-electric 500e (also known as the Fiat New 500), and I guess you could consider the 600e as a four-door version of it. However, if you’re scratching your head over its high ground clearance, let me offer you peace of mind by saying that the 600e is classified as a B-segment crossover SUV. It is based on a newer version of the eCMP platform that also underpins the Jeep Avenger EV.
Which means it has a very similar footprint to that of the Avenger EV. The 600e measures 4,171 mm long, 1,781 mm wide (excluding mirrors) and 1,523 mm tall (excluding antenna), with a wheelbase of 2,562 mm. Boot space is claimed to be 360 litres. The car rides on 18-inch wheels with some fancy design. The 600e La Prima offers four nature-inspired paint options: Sun of Italy, Sea of Italy, Earth of Italy, and Sky of Italy.
Inside, you can probably notice that some of the elements are borrowed from the Avenger, such as the stuff on the centre console and the 10.25-inch touchscreen. The 600e doesn’t get a 10.25-inch driver display, most likely due to the shape of that instrument binnacle. Instead, you get a 7-inch digital cluster, which I’m sure will not feel like you’ve been shortchanged.
The 600e RED gets, well, you know, more RED stuff on the inside. But anyway, other key highlights include dusk & rain sensors, auto AC, all-four power windows, a 6-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, and 8-color ambient lighting. The seat upholstery in the 600e RED includes recycled fabric, while the La Prima’s upholstery is full synthetic leather. The 600e La Prima also boasts Level 2 assisted driving technology.
As with its aforementioned platform sibling, the 600e is powered by a front electric motor that offers 115 kW (156 metric hp) peak power and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of max torque. For those who care, Fiat claims an official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 9.0 seconds. There are three driving modes to play with: eco, normal, sport.
The battery pack is the same 54 kWh unit, estimated to offer a range of over 400 km (248+ mi) in the WLTP combined cycle and over 600 km (373 mi) in the WLTP urban cycle. The 400-volt battery pack can handle up to 100 kW DC fast-charging. The car also comes with a 11 kW on-board charger and a Mode 3 cable for charging at home or in public, which is claimed to ensure a full charge in less than 6 hours.
A hybrid powertrain is expected to join the lineup by mid-2024.