About a year ago today, we’ve learned more about Stellantis’ future projects, especially part of the product plan. Regarding Fiat, it has been specified without further details that it will return to Part B in 2023. In a recent interview with Italian media Corriere della Sera, Carlos Tavares, head of the aforementioned group, showed himself a little more gossip about it: “Next year with Fiat, there will be at least two new models in the B-Class” (Renault Clio or Captur or in Fiat, ex-Punto and 500X). He also clarified that the two cars in question are scheduled to be shown in early 2023.
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The leader of Stellantis unfortunately does not say more than that. But it is enough to imagine what could lie ahead. 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 (derived from Peugeot 2008) that the American manufacturer has been teasing at regular intervals for some time now? Logic would dictate that as far as Fiat’s first choice, its urban SUV dates back to 2014 (!). but, The latter has just been restyled and even benefits from some interesting new features (open version, hybrid drive). In fact, it’s hard to see Fiat ending its career “prematurely,” so to speak. Additionally, since electrification is at the heart of the group’s strategy, the context demands it, it may ultimately seem entirely logical to add a new zero-emissions model to the 500X. There, is the necessary second option, which is a twin of the aforementioned Jeep. When you think about it, such an approach is already in place in the Fiat range with the new electric 500 that hasn’t fallen back on its thermodynamic variable ego. On the one hand, an all-new battery-powered car, and on the other hand, a 500X for those not ready to go all-electric. In any case, this Fiat will almost certainly be produced at the Tichy plant, the former FCA group announced at the end of 2020 that it was in the process of modernizing this enterprise to produce three Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Hybrid and electric cars. Jeeps. And the rumor says that this is a class B SUV. CQFD?
It remains to guess what could be the next car to position itself on Part B. Here, too, there are many possible paths. Since he’s the dean of the brand, it looks like Panda is all set. But here it is, a small city car, which technically belongs to the bottom (A). By changing the generation, will the city car grow to the point of changing the category? It’s possible. Here’s another, Fiat can 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 on the basis of the future Lancia Ypsilon that will arrive in 2024 and return to France.
It’s not too early!
If the 500 electric car is selling well, it can’t run the shop on its own. Its heat equivalent is gradually starting to decline (in France, for example, its registrations fell by 34.6% during the first six months of 2022), which would make more sense for a model that has not been modified since 2015 and dates back to reality … 2007 ! The 500X, as we defined above, is no longer so small. So it can’t do much in the face of competition. As for the Tipo, it is only present in a crossover version and prices are affected (minimum €23,490 today). The results, its sales halved in France and Europe. In fact, whichever models will complete the range next year, it is urgent!