Stellantis never tires of expanding its range of small cars. Whether Citroen, Peugeot, Opel, Jeep or Fiat – keeping track of all the small and compact models from the various brands that are now available on the company’s (e-)CMP platform is not that easy. In addition to the electric Fiat 500 (which, however, is still based on Fiat’s own platform), the Italians have had the also purely electric Fiat 600e in their range since 2023. The Stromer is equipped with a 115 kW/156 hp electric motor and a net 51 kWh battery. The WLTP range is up to 409 kilometers with a base price of 36,490 euros (combined power consumption: 15.2-15.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; electric range: up to 409 km)² .
Editor’s note: Fiat has so far only published one image of the new 600 Hybrid (see below). Further photos show the Fiat 600e.
Fiat 600 Hybrid starts at 24,990 euros
And this is exactly where the crux of the matter lies. For many, the electric Fiat 600 is simply too expensive. The Stellantis subsidiary is now countering this by introducing a combustion engine variant for the German market – the Fiat 600 Hybrid (combined fuel consumption: 5.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 114 g/km)². Although the name sounds like grandiose partial electrification, it is based on the group-wide 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo with 100 hp and 205 Nm, which is supported by a 48V mild hybrid system to save fuel. The sprint performance from zero to 100 km/h is slightly worse than the electric car at 10.8 to 9.0 seconds, while the top speed increases from 150 to 184 km/h. Probably enough for a 4.17 meter long city car.
Cheaper than the Jeep Avenger E-Hybrid
The engine power is managed by a six-speed dual clutch transmission, and power is transferred to the front wheels. The new basic variant of the Fiat 600 starts at 24,990 euros and therefore costs around 2,000 euros less than the Jeep Avenger E-Hybrid (combined fuel consumption: 5.0-4.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 114-111 g/ km)². The better equipped Fiat 600 La Prima model starts at at least 29,990 euros. Standard equipment on the Hybrid 600 includes: heated front seats, center armrest, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, seven-inch driver information display and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. The Fiat 600 Hybrid can be ordered now.
Abarth 600e benefits from Stellantis Motorsport
Meanwhile, the now announced Abarth 600e takes a completely different approach. The new top model of the Italian performance brand receives a new electric drive with 177 kW/240 hp (vehicle is not yet for sale, homologation pending)² and at the same time becomes the most powerful road car in Abarth history. The sporty Fiat 600e, which will be based on a performance variant of the e-CMP modular system called Perfo-eCMP, will therefore have significantly more power than the Abarth 500e presented in 2023, which is little more than a refined version of the regular one Fiat 500e (combined power consumption: 17.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; combined electric range: up to 265 km)².
Read now: Abarth 500e driving report
In addition to a more powerful electric drive, Abarth is also working with Stellantis Motorsport to further develop the chassis, brakes and seats so that they can cope with the increased driving performance. A new limited-slip differential will also be of central importance. Those responsible have not yet revealed any more about the Abarth 600e. (Text: tv | Images: manufacturer)