Speaking to our sister Auto Express, Fiat global president Oliver Francois confirmed that development of the new car is underway.
“In Geneva last year we showed our other electric car, our urban kid, and we’re still working on it – it wasn’t just a flash in the pan.” Francois said.
“It’s another all-electric approach. So I think we have a bright future in the all-electric approach to city cars, through the 500 and through the unconventional approach with the simple and less priced Panda-inspired Centoventi.”
Fiat Centoventi concept car
“Centoventi” is an Italian word for “120,” and the concept was intended to celebrate the Fiat’s 120th anniversary. When it was revealed in March 2019, Fiat said the car “perfectly expresses the brand idea of electric mass mobility in the near future” and was intended to “democratize” electric cars.
The modular battery system allows owners to extend the Centoventi’s range as needed. As standard, the battery offers a range of just over 60 miles for city use. If a longer trip is planned, up to three additional batteries (whether purchased or temporarily rented) can be added to increase the range over a maximum of 300 miles. A sliding rail allows batteries to be quickly installed or removed at a service center.
Fiat says the Centoventi’s design ensures that weight distribution and handling are not adversely affected when the extra batteries are carried. the cars charging socket Also includes a cable reel, so the cable doesn’t have to be stored in a bag in the trunk. The exact battery capacity, charging time, and power output numbers for Centeventi were not disclosed.
The Fiat Centoventi describes it as a “blank canvas” and says it can be customized to owners’ tastes – either at the time of purchase or at any time during ownership. The customization program is called “4U,” which stands for a choice of four different roofs, four different fenders, four different wheel options and four exterior casings.
As standard, the car will be available in a single Metallic Gray colorway. Different colors can then be applied by the agent as a temporary coating that can be removed or changed if desired. For the roof, customers can choose between a polycarbonate panel, a soft cloth roof, an integrated charging box, or an integrated solar panel for charging on the go.
A set of 120 different add-ons will also be available when the production version launches. Fiat says six of these (bumpers, roof, livery, instrument cluster, batteries and a digital tailgate) will require a visit to a dealer for installation, but that 114 others (including the audio system, dashboard and door storage compartments and seat cushions) are available for purchase online. The customer can install it at home.
Fiat even says that some “simply organized” accessories, such as a cup holder or document holder, can be made using a 3D printer in the owner’s home, at a dealership, or at a specialty printing shop. As Fiat says: “Owners no longer have to wait for new specials or facelifts, as they can ‘change’ their cars any day they like.”
Centoventi sleeps four people inside its reconfigurable cabin. The “plug and play” approach sees small holes built into the dashboard; These allow many additional components and accessories to be installed using an interlocking mounting system that Fiat compares to Lego bricks.
In addition, the car’s flat door panels can be fitted with storage pockets, bottle holders and speakers when needed, while the cushions and headrests on the seats can also be trimmed and changed. Two hardware options are available: either a smartphone docking station (works with a 10-inch screen) or the more popular digital dial pad, with a 20-inch screen, that includes screens for blind spot monitoring, -nav directions and charging status.