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Fiat future from 2023 with 500, Panda and Punto heritage

Fiat is going electric and will again be offering a Punto from 2023 that is not called a Punto. This is followed by Panda and 500 in different styles and with electric drives.

With the merger of FCA (Fiat Chysler) and PSA (Peugeot/Citroën) to form the Stellantis Group, the individual brands in the mega group are reflecting on their tradition and using the technical synergies for new old models. Fiat will offer its model series completely electrically by 2027 at the latest and will use the four new electric STLA platforms that Stellantis announced in summer 2021 and which will be used successively from 2023.

Under the motto: "It's Only Green When It's Green for All” (translated: "It's only green when it's green for everyone"), Fiat is setting an example for affordable and sustainable mobility. Brand boss Olivier François confidently puts it in concrete terms the project to the British media: "Fiat should be the people's Tesla: electric for everyone. It is clear that the cost of electrification must come down. We will be there by 2027, but maybe even earlier. That will depend on the cost. I want us to be the first brand for the mass market that drives purely electrically."

New Fiat Punto also electric

The Italians are planning a total of ten models in their product portfolio, four light commercial vehicles, the Strada for the South American market and five The latter include the Fiat 500 in all its versions, three crossovers and also a model in the B segment from 2023. This small car will be the size of the Punto, "but not called Punto," says Francois will only be available from 2026, the Punto successor will initially be based on the CMP (Common Modular Platform) developed by PSA, on which other small cars such as the Peugeot 208, the Opel Corsa or the SUV counterparts Opel Mokka, DS 3 Crossback or Peugeot 2008. In addition, the eCMP offers the purely electric drive (e-Corsa or e-208).The electric models currently have an electric range of around 340 kilometers, the STLA Small is then available for 5 00 kilometers good.

Panda

Starting in 2022, Fiat wants to launch a new model every year until 2027. According to Olivier François, the styling for the five world cars has already been finalized - and two models are strongly influenced by the Centoventi Concept presented in 2019 (see slideshow). The brand boss left it open as well as the specific timing. "We have two iconic cars," which are the Fiat 500 and the Panda. "In the world of the Fiat 500, there are models of different sizes: 500 and 500X. There is still room for something more - chic and urban." On the other side is the panda. It is interpreted in a modern way without losing the minimalist claim. Here, too, François mentions the Centoventi, whose minimalism refers to the panda."You'll see smaller cars and bigger crossovers, and you'll recognize that Panda DNA," he says. And concludes: One model will be called "Panda".

However, Fiat will not expand its model range beyond the compact segment, the brand will remain between 3.6 meters and 4.5 meters in length and leave the D segment to sister brand Citroën. This means that from 2026 all Fiat models should be based on the STLA small platform with electrical modules up to 70 kW.

Conclusion

After five years, the Fiat Punto, which will not be called Punto, will celebrate its comeback from 2023. The small car owes this to the platform strategy of the large Stellantis group, which can roll out the "CMP" and "eCMP" platform to many brands. After the Punto successor, the Fiat 500 and Panda series will be launched with new models. Here the designs have already been finalized and are based on the Centoventi study. However, there is no exact timetable, the only thing that is fixed is that Fiat wants to offer exclusively electrically powered cars from 2027.

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