Starting in 2023, Fiat will reintroduce a non-Punto vehicle under a new name, joining the illustrious ranks of the distinctively designed Panda and 500 models with cutting-edge electric propulsion. The merger of FCA and PSA to create the mighty Stellantis Company has allowed for the reflection of the individual brand’s heritage, with a focus on harnessing technological synergies to produce fresh iterations of iconic automobiles.
In a nod to sustainability, Fiat has pledged to fully electrify its model range by no later than 2027, utilizing the four new electric STLA platforms unveiled by Stellantis during the summer of 2021, to be rolled out sequentially from 2023. With the mission statement, “It’s Only Green When It’s Green for Everyone,” Fiat stands at the forefront of affordable and eco-conscious transportation.
Olivier Francois, the esteemed brand leader, conveyed to the British media his unwavering assurance in the “Fiat should be the Tesla of the masses” scheme. It is his firm belief that electric vehicles should be accessible to everyone. However, it is necessary for the cost of electrification to be reduced. Mr. Francois has set a momentous target for his team: to transform Fiat into the first mass-market brand to fully transition to electric vehicles, potentially before the year 2027. The success of this goal is contingent upon the economic feasibility of such a pursuit.
Additionally, the new Fiat Punto is electric
The esteemed Italian automobile manufacturer, Fiat, has announced its ambitious plans to introduce a total of ten models to its range, including four light commercial vehicles, the Strada for the South American market, and five global automobiles. The latter will include all models of the iconic Fiat 500, three crossovers, and a B-segment vehicle, slated for release in 2023. It is noteworthy that this new model, which will be of similar size to the Punto, will not bear the name of its predecessor, as per Francois.
Since the STLA-Small will not be available until 2026, the initial production of the Punto replacement will be based on PSA’s CMP (Common Modular Platform), also used by the Peugeot 208, the Opel Corsa, and SUV rivals Opel Mokka, DS 3 Crossback, and Peugeot 2008. Additionally, the eCMP boasts an electric-only drivetrain, powering the e-Corsa or e-208, and currently has a range of approximately 340 kilometers.
From 2022 to 2027, Fiat plans to release a new model year, with the design of the five global vehicles already finalized, two of which have been heavily influenced by the 2019 Centoventi Concept. The brand’s executive left the exact timing of release open-ended but emphasized that the Fiat 500 and Panda remain their most iconic vehicles.
Olivier Francois remarked, “In the universe of the Fiat 500, there are two distinct models: the 500 and the 500X. There is still space for something elegant and urban to be added.” The panda, on the other hand, has been interpreted in a contemporary manner while retaining its minimalist ethos, with Centoventi’s minimalist aesthetic serving as inspiration. Francois added, “There will be smaller automobiles and bigger crossovers.”
Fiat aims to keep its models between 3.6 and 4.5 meters in length, with its sibling brand, Citron, catering to the D sector. By 2026, all Fiat models will be based on the STLA compact platform, equipped with electrical modules capable of producing up to 70 kW.
The Fiat Punto, formerly known as such, is set to make a comeback in 2023 following a five-year hiatus. This strategic move is a result of the expansive platform approach adopted by the mammoth Stellantis group, facilitating the deployment of the “CMP” and “eCMP” platforms across several organizations.
Post the replacement of the Punto, the Fiat 500 and Panda lines will witness a fresh infusion of new models. These revamped designs are inspired by the Centoventi research, yet a specific timeline has yet to be unveiled. Nevertheless, Fiat is steadfast in its commitment to introduce fully electric vehicles by 2027.