Pricing and specifications revealed for Fiat 500 and Panda mild-hybrid variants

By Ryan Hirons, PA Motoring Reporter

Fiat has confirmed pricing and specifications for upcoming mild-hybrid variants of its 500 and Panda superminis.

Under the bonnet of both cars is a new powertrain that links a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine with a 12-volt electric motor, with the latter working to improve efficiency by allowing the petrol unit to remain switched off for longer.

Powering both cars is a new powertrain, combining a three-cylinder engine and 12-volt electric motor (Fiat)

This new combination produces 69bhp and 92Nm of torque, sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Fiat claims the 500 equipped with this new unit can achieve 53.3mpg on the WLTP Combined cycle while emitting 88g/km of CO2, while the Panda is said to be capable of 49.6mpg and 89g/km of CO2 respectively.

Though visually near-identical to regular versions of the 500 and Panda, each of these electrified models will be distinguished by a ‘Hybrid’ logo at the rear as well as a ‘H’ pattern made from a design of two drew drops in the centre console.

Fiat will commence deliveries for the 500 mild-hybrid versions in February, with the Panda to follow in March (Fiat)

Both of the existing car’s core trim levels will remain in place at the introduction of the mild-hybrid powertrains, though these will be joined by a new Launch Edition model. This grade sees the introduction of seats made from a material called Seaqual Yarn, said to be created from recycled plastic.

Pricing for the Fiat 500 and Panda mild-hybrid variants kick off from £12,665 and £13,885 respectively, while Launch Edition models can be had from £16,795 and £14,385. 500 deliveries will begin in February, with the Panda to follow from March.