Completely new models are currently not on the horizon at Fiat. So you refine the existing series with special models and new drives. In the future, the 500X and the Tipo will also be available as hybrids. But be careful: It is not a full hybrid, but a mild hybrid petrol engine with 48-volt technology. Plus point: There is an automatic transmission in the Tipo again.
Olivier François, CEO of Fiat and CMO of Stellantis, states: “Fiat’s journey towards electrification continues. With the launch of the new Fiat 500X Hybrid and the new Fiat Tipo Hybrid, equipped with 48-volt hybrid technology , the Fiat range is now fully electrified.
As previously announced, our goal is to launch a new vehicle every year, starting as early as 2023. Each model is also available with an electric motor, so that we can offer a fully electric product range from 2027.”
The Fiat 500X Hybrid and Tipo Hybrid carry a hybrid logo on the tailgate consisting of two leaves with blue dewdrops. This shade is bolder than the corresponding emblem on the Fiat 500 Hybrid and Fiat Panda Hybrid to reflect the evolution of technology.
The drive of the Fiat 500X Hybrid and Fiat Tipo Hybrid combines a turbo petrol engine from the FireFly series with a 48-volt electric motor. The combustion engine produces an output of 96 kW (130 hp) and a maximum torque of 240 Newton meters from four cylinders and a displacement of 1.5 liters. The electric motor has an output of 15 kW (20 hp). Power is transmitted by an automatic transmission with double clutch and seven gears.
The hybrid technology combines the gasoline engine with a belt starter generator. Fiat 500X Hybrid and Fiat Tipo Hybrid are also able to drive at low speed up to about 3 km fully electric with the combustion engine switched off. They are the first models from the brand to use hybrid technology to keep the combustion engine completely decoupled for up to 47 percent of the time when idling when measuring consumption according to the WLTP cycle. In the urban cycle, the share increases to 62 percent.
According to Fiat, the 500X Hybrid should reduce fuel consumption and thus CO2 emissions by up to 11 percent (according to the WLTP cycle). The electric motor provides its torque practically from a standing start. This supports the performance of the combustion engine when moving off and minimizes the so-called turbo lag when shifting gears or accelerating sharply.
This makes the Fiat 500X Hybrid and Tipo Hybrid the fastest models in their respective series. The new Fiat Tipo Hybrid accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds. The new Fiat 500X Hybrid completes this discipline in 9.4 seconds. Likewise, when driving off in electric mode, the combustion engine is automatically started if the accelerator pedal is strongly accelerated.
In addition, the electric motor shifts the operating point of the combustion engine so that it can also achieve its maximum efficiency when the vehicle is cold. This feature shortens the warm-up time of the catalytic converter, further reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
Depending on the power requirement and the state of charge of the battery, the journey in the Fiat 500X Hybrid or Tipo Hybrid can be continued fully electrically (E-Launch). Both models have a creep function (e-creeping) that performs short forward movements without pressing the accelerator pedal. This occurs, for example, in stop-and-go traffic (e-queuing).
The Fiat 500X Hybrid and Tipo Hybrid are also capable of electrically parking forwards or backwards (e-parking). Through recuperation, the hybrid system recovers energy both when braking and when coasting and charges the battery.
The new Fiat 500X Hybrid and the new Fiat Tipo Hybrid will be built in Melfi, Italy, and at the Tofas plant in Turkey, respectively. Both models can be ordered in Germany from February 15, 2022. The 500X starts at 28,990 euros, the Tipo starts at 28,490 euros.