All-New Fiat 600e Small Electric Crossover is a Lot Like Garfield

Published on July 4, 2023 in New Models by Guillaume Rivard

Fiat is just as Italian as lasagna, which happens to be the favourite dish of the most famous, most gluttonous and laziest cat we know: Garfield. Funny thing, the all-new 600e small electric crossover unveiled on Tuesday looks a lot like him.

With a dark orange body, a headlight design reminiscent of half-shut eyes, plus lower bumper and wheel motifs that are similar to Garfield’s coat pattern, it’s hard not to see the resemblance.

The 500e’s “big” brother is obviously fatter, but it’s no powerhouse. With a single motor producing 115 kW (154 horsepower), accelerating from 0-100 km/h takes nine seconds. We’ve seen much quicker EVs, that’s for sure. Just like Garfield is one slow cat.

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A 54kWh battery enables the 600e to travel up to 400 km based on the WLTP test cycle Europeans are relying on now. It can be charged to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes via a 100kW DC fast charger, or fully replenished in less than six hours using a 240V AC charger at home.

Order books in Italy will open on Wednesday with a base price of 35,950 euros, which is about $51,750 CAD. A plug-in hybrid variant is expected to follow at a later date.

There is no plan to sell the Fiat 600e in Canada at the moment. The brand has instead decided to eliminate the poor-selling, gas-powered 500X crossover, which is roughly the same size, and bring back the 500 hatchback purely as an EV for 2024. How will that turn out? We’ll have a better idea early next year when the first units arrive.

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