Skip advert
Advertisement

Fiat Centoventi on the way to showrooms

The electric Fiat Centoventi urban city car is under development and will sit alongside the Fiat 500e in the brand's new-look range

The Fiat Centoventi, revealed as a concept car at 2019’s Geneva Motor Show, is on the way to showrooms, the company’s boss has confirmed to Auto Express. 

The city car study celebrated 120 years of the Fiat brand and also gave us a glimpse at a new small urban EV inspired by the Panda. Now Olivier Francois, the Fiat brand’s Global President, has told us that work is already under way on making the car a reality.

“At Geneva last year, we showed our other EV car, our urban baby, we are still working on it - it was not just a flash in the pan.” Francois told us. “It’s another approach to full electric. So I think we have a bright future in the full electric approach to city cars, through the 500e and through the more non-traditional approach with this minimalist, lower prince Centoventi that is very Panda-inspired.”

From the outside, the Centoventi has a look that's a futuristic evolution of the Panda city car. Design touches include chunky wheelarches and a boxy overall look, while the study features interchangeable plastic body and roof panels that will allow buyers to change the look of the car to suit their tastes. The nose also features a stylised multi-bar grille, inspired by the original Panda, but this is designed to show the charging status of the car's electric powertrain.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

The Centoventi is almost certain to adopt the new all-electric architecture that debuted on the latest Fiat 500e. Francois added: “When you invest in a new platform, and it is a completely new EV architecture, it is not for one car, so you will see it on other cars. It will be used to make the most of the investment, and used between nameplates and brands.”

Inside the Fiat Centoventi

The barn-style side doors of the Centoventi concept are unlikely to make production, but they open to reveal what Fiat describes as a 'decontented' interior. This simplified space features a driver's seat, rear bench, a minimalist dashboard and a large mounting bracket where the passenger seat would normally sit. This bracket is designed to allow the fitment of different modules, whether it's a passenger seat, a storage basket, child's car seat or even a pet carrier. In addition, the Centoventi also includes the ability to change seat fabrics so owners can personalise and update their cars during their ownership.

For the dashboard, Fiat has created a 'plug and play' system that allows owners to fit different kit to suit their needs. The dashtop features a system of holes that can take additional storage modules, cup holders, smartphone docks and other devices.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

There's also the option to fit different-sized instrument clusters. The standard digital display appears as a pod ahead of the steering wheel, but Fiat will also offer a super-sized 20-inch display called Lingotto (named after Fiat's famous Turin factory with the test track on the roof) which fills the full width of the dashboard area. The doors have the option to fit different storage options or moulded armrests, too.

Fiat is using the Centoventi concept to promote its ambition to make electric drive available for the masses. When the concept was revealed at Geneva, it had a battery capable of delivering a modest 60-mile range. But with the ability to swap and add battery packs, Fiat claims that the range could be boosted to up to 300 miles. In addition, the concept allowed for the batteries to be added at a Fiat dealer in as little as 5 minutes, while an easy-access battery pod under the passenger space allows quick battery changes for those in a hurry.

While just a concept, the Centoventi delivers a fascinating insight into future Fiat city cars. With this model and the 500e already on the way, as well as a tie up with Apple confirmed, it will be interesting to see how many of the concept car’s  innovations eventually make production.

What are the best small electric cars on sale? Head over to our sister site DrivingElectric to find out...

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

New Citroen C3 priced from £17,790, with all-electric e-C3 just £4k more
Citroen e-C3 - full front
News

New Citroen C3 priced from £17,790, with all-electric e-C3 just £4k more

Citroen’s ambitious pricing confirmed, this is one of the UK’s most affordable electric cars
30 May 2024
Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV is £200,000 of electric opulence
Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV front 3/4
News

Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV is £200,000 of electric opulence

If a regular Mercedes EQS SUV isn’t flash enough, then Maybach might have the answer…
17 May 2024
Polestar 2 to be replaced by Polestar 7 in new Apple iPhone-style naming plan
Polestar 1 close up of the grill and badge
News

Polestar 2 to be replaced by Polestar 7 in new Apple iPhone-style naming plan

The next-generation Polestar 2 will be called Polestar 7 in a move to a new chronological naming strategy
16 May 2024
Halve the VAT on EVs to boost private sales, says VW boss
VW ID.4 - O/S tracking
News

Halve the VAT on EVs to boost private sales, says VW boss

VW UK boss wants a lower VAT rate for electric cars to bring down prices and stimulate demand from private buyers
16 May 2024

Most Popular

Dacia’s Duster is Britain’s best car to own as Driver Power 2024 survey results land
Dacia Duster - front tracking
News

Dacia’s Duster is Britain’s best car to own as Driver Power 2024 survey results land

Owners have voted the Dacia Duster as the most satisfying new car to own in the 2024 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey
11 Jun 2024
Best cars to own: Driver Power 2024 results
Driver Power 2024 - best cars to own header
News

Best cars to own: Driver Power 2024 results

The best new cars to own in the UK right now according to the people who already do. It’s the 2024 Driver Power results!
11 Jun 2024
New Porsche 911 S/T 2024 review: one of the best sports cars ever built
Porsche 911 S/T - front
Road tests

New Porsche 911 S/T 2024 review: one of the best sports cars ever built

Porsche’s last hurrah for the 992.1 generation 911 is an epic driving machine with just the right dose of luxury
12 Jun 2024