SUV-like 2023 Fiat Panda could feature customizable EV drivetrain

Fiat is working on a successor for the Fiat Panda, which is currently available in Europe and was a hotly debated topic if Fiat of USA should launch this crossover-styled, 4WD capable hatchback. With the upcoming 2023 Fiat Panda, the carmaker seems to be making a business case for the model in the States with all-electric and hybrid variants planned.

Motori News, which published this rendering of the 2023 Fiat Panda designed by artist Avarvarii, says Fiat is seriously considering a customizable electric drivetrain for the new Panda. The Fiat electric car will offer customization to its battery at the dealer level, so that customers can choose driving range from as little as 62 miles or as high as 310 miles.

The cost of the 2023 Fiat Panda would vary accordingly, and would give buyers the freedom to purchase or rent the batteries, and bring the cost of the electric car as close to a gasoline variant as possible. Fiat previewed the design for such a SUV-styled hatchback with modular electric batteries at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show through the Fiat Centoventi concept.

On the Fiat Centoventi concept, the extra batteries were installed under the floor of the car (this would be done by the service network on the production car, Fiat said) making installation and removal rather easy. An additional battery under the seat was also seen on the Fiat electric car, which the company said could be disconnected and charged directly at the user’s home.

The electric Fiat Panda previewing Centoventi concept is codenamed CC4 (City Car-4, where the 4 represents the fourth generation of the Panda). At the time of showing the concept, Fiat said it was urgently pushing to make the electric Panda, as it would have to pay heavy regulatory fines for missing upcoming CO2 targets otherwise.

The Italian carmaker wants the 2023 Panda electric to be the most affordable electric car in the market with prices starting at about USD 20,000. This would certainly make for an interesting proposition as even the future, USA-made VW ID.4 (which will roll out of VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant in 2022) is expected to start at a higher USD 27,500 (including federal tax credits), and the 2-door Mini E with 110 miles of range (company estimated) is priced at USD 29,900.

Fiat Centoventi concept
The Fiat Centoventi concept also features an additional battery under the seat which can be disconnected and charged separately.

The 2023 Fiat Panda electric could exactly be the Panda the American customer has been waiting so long for. Electrification of the popular Fiat 500 (which will roll out in European markets from March 2021) and Panda could not come sooner, as global sales of Fiat (excluding Abarth) in 2019 were at their lowest since 1985.

What is the 2023 Fiat Panda electric release date?

The next gen Fiat Panda is expected towards mid 2023, with the electric variant following towards the end of the same year.

Which SUVs would the 2023 Fiat Panda electric rival?

The 2023 Fiat Panda electric would mainly rival the Chevrolet Bolt EUV & future Tesla Model 2.

What will be the price of the 2023 Fiat Panda electric?

The 2023 Fiat Panda electric is expected to cost from USD 20,000 (after federal tax credits).