Next Fiat Panda aims for ‘most affordable EV’ title, will slot below 500e

What’s the most reasonably priced EV you can obtain? If rumors out of Fiat are to be believed, the remedy to that issue will soon be “the new Fiat Panda” as Stellantis targets the base conclusion of the booming electric vehicle current market.

Set to arrive as shortly as this spring, the new Fiat Panda will be an EV-only giving from Stellantis’ “entry” Italian model, and is predicted to slot in under the ell-electric Fiat 500e, price tag-wise, in the company’s lineup. Its most important aim, as the brand’s President, Oliver Francois, instructed AutoExpress British isles, is to “awaken the sleeping giant” he believes Fiat to be. “That’s specifically my point of check out,” he suggests, when speaking about new styles. “We have not even began awakening the large.”

As a products, the impending Fiat Panda is believed to be intensely based mostly on Fiat’s 2019 principle, the award-successful Fiat Centoventi. At the time, the firm reported it would minimize the car’s establish prices by adopting a spartan style with a minimal color palette that was at the moment “minimalist and thoroughly customizable.”

Modularity was created in from the commence

“It will arrive in only one particular livery, which can be tailored by means of the ‘4U’ method, with a decision among 4 roof covers, 4 bumpers, 4 wheel wraps and 4 paint wraps,” reads a assertion issued at the 2019 launch of the Centoventi, in Geneva, exactly where it won numerous layout awards. “The interior add-ons are interchangeable and can be put in in “plug-and-play” method – from the cluster and storage pockets to the seats and child seats – straight by the buyer. The exteriors are wrappable, the bumpers are customizable, and different roof addresses are offered to dress it up as the seasons transform or in accordance to your have preferences.”

The degree of customization goes outside of what you may count on from most EVs in a linked age. Take, for example, this adjustable “dock” in the Fiat Panda/Centoventi concept’s dash to hold a cellphone or pill. It absolutely eliminates the envisioned (and costly) heart screen, and its connected will need for infotainment software and firmware.

All autos should have an solution like this courtesy Stellantis.

It’s a really “Model T” kind of method, and a person that – with any luck , – will allow a wider range of new car consumers to get into a new electrical car. If the concept is successful, we could possibly see some thing like the society that surrounded the primary Variety 1 VW “Beetle” arise, with an attractiveness that defies the normal boundaries of revenue brackets.

That type of “blurring of lines” would seem to be exactly what Francois wishes. “There will be a long run for Panda as a name plate … that’s why I pitched the most current 500 in the beginning as a convertible: superior-finish, entire of possibilities and 30,000 Euros. Because the working day I introduce the long term Panda, I’ll most likely do the opposite. I’ll introduce the most naked version with an remarkable rate.”

We won’t have to wait around far too a lot longer to see how that performs out.

Electrek’s Consider

I went to an celebration called “Further With Ford” way back again in 2014 wherever company spokespeople talked about their envy of Apple’s iTunes ecosystem, which made men and women commit in it with procured music, apps, and films. They incredibly openly discussed developing a equivalent form of software package ecosystem inside of a related car or truck, a person that would make switching from a Ford to a Chevy as complicated as switching from an Iphone to an Android.

This Fiat? It does the reverse, and – by inviting buyers to convey techniques that they by now know and like into the motor vehicle – they’ve enlisted the new Fiat Panda buyer in the style approach. It’s an psychological financial investment that presents the value of a one of a kind expertise, instead than a money one particular that carries with it a veiled danger, and I imagine Fiat and Stellantis will uncover that they capture extra flies with honey, in this situation.

Resources: Stellantis, AutoExpress United kingdom, Motorpasión.

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