Fiat: finally new features in 2023!

Almost a year ago to the day, we learned a little more about Stellantis’ future projects, and in particular part of the product plan. With regard to Fiat, it had been specified without further details that it would return to the B segment in 2023. In an interview recently granted to the Italian media Correre della Sera, Carlos Tavares, boss of the aforementioned group, showed himself a a little more talkative about it: “next year with Fiat, there will be at least two new models in the B segment” (Renault Clio or Captur or, at Fiat, ex-Punto and 500X). He also clarified that the presentation of the two vehicles in question is scheduled for the beginning of 2023.

Fiat novelties? What’s new?

The leader of Stellantis unfortunately says no more. But it’s enough to imagine what can await us. The first model should be an SUV. Will it be a replacement for the 500X or a close cousin of the 100% electric baby Jeep (itself derived from the Peugeot 2008) that the American manufacturer has been teasing at regular intervals for some time now? Logic would dictate that it is rather for the first option that Fiat opts insofar as its urban SUV dates from 2014 (!). However, the latter has just been restyled and it even benefits from some interesting new features (discoverable version, hybrid engine). In fact, it is hard to see Fiat ending its career “prematurely”, so to speak. In addition, because electrification is at the heart of the group’s strategy, context requires, it would ultimately seem quite logical that a new zero-emission model is added to the 500X. There, it is the second option which is essential, a twin of the Jeep quoted above. When you think about it, such an approach already exists in the Fiat range with the new electric 500 which has not retired its thermal alter ego. On the one hand, an all-new battery-powered vehicle, on the other the 500X for those who are not ready to go all-electric. In any case, it is almost certain that this Fiat vehicle will be produced at the Tichy plant, the former FCA group announced at the end of 2020 that it was going to modernize this establishment to produce three new Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Hybrid and electric Jeeps. And rumor has it that these are B-segment SUVs. CQFD?

It remains to guess what could be the other vehicle coming to place itself on segment B. Again, several possible tracks. Because it is the dean of the brand, the Panda seems all designated. Only here it is, it is a mini-city car, it technically belongs to the lower segment (A). By changing generation, will the city car grow to the point of changing category? It’s a possibility. Here is another, Fiat could revive the defunct Punto. The latter could be based on the same technical basis as that of the Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa, but also of the future Lancia Ypsilon which will arrive in 2024 and will even return to France.

It’s not too early !

If the electric 500 is selling well, it cannot run the shop on its own. Its thermal equivalent is gradually starting to lose ground (in France, for example, its registrations fell by 34.6% over the first 6 months of 2022), what could be more logical for a model that has not been retouched since 2015 and dates back to reality of… 2007! The 500X, as we specified above, is no longer very young. It can therefore not do much in the face of competition. As for the Tipo, it only exists in a Cross version and the prices are affected (minimum €23,490 today). Results, its sales have halved in France and Europe. In fact, whatever models complete the range next year, it’s urgent!


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