2012 LA Auto Show Preview: Fiat 500e shows up

Article by Christian A., on November 17, 2012

At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat will bring not one, but three new versions of its popular 500 sub-compact. One of them will be the electric version of the Fiat 500 dubbed 500e. Although the Italian manufacturer didn’t release any details of the 500e electric vehicle we can see from the photos that the car will have a push-button automatic transmission, which is not found on other 500 models.

Moreover, the car will feature a new front bumper as well as a new wheel design. Set to hit Californian market in 2013, the Fiat 500e will take on cars such as the MINI E, Honda Fit EV, Chevrolet Spark EV, which will also make its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, or the Mitsubishi i.

As we said at the beginning of this article, Fiat will also bring two new models, which are new only for the United States market. One of them is the Fiat 500L, a larger four-door version of the 500, and the convertible version of the 500 Abarth. For those who don’t know, the Los Angeles Auto Show will open its doors from November 30 to December 9.

2014 Fiat 500e is redefining styling for electric vehicles (EV), thanks to its ideal proportions, Italian curves as shaped by wind tunnel testing and other design elements. Likewise, these attributes have furthered the global reputation of the Cinquecento for automotive efficiency for over 55 years. When the optional e-Sport Package is availed, the Fiat 500e becomes a more aggressive Cinquecento with sporty blacked-out looks.

Roberto Giolito, Head of FIAT Style, remarked that for the new Fiat 500e, designers considered contemporary design themes that emerged at the time of the Cinquecento. Giolito noted that with design cues like the dot-matrix gradient patterns, its Cinquecento silhouette and Electrico Arancione accents, the new Fiat 500e is a taking a retro-futuristic approach to complement its advanced propulsion and zero-emission powertrain.

Upon closer look, the new 2014 Fiat 500e represents a great blend of city-focused proportions and iconic Cinquecento cues of the Fiat 500. This blend is further complemented by retro-futuristic styled design cues and serious aerodynamics treatment – both emphasizing the Fiat 500e eco-friendly and zero-emission character.

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