FIAT unveils its new 500X hybrid and Tipo hybrid offers for Europe!
After seeing test vehicles for months on public roads in Italy, FIAT has finally unveiled its new 500X Hybrid and Tipo Hybrid ranges for the 2022 model year. The introduction of the two new electrified FIAT models means the brand now has a full range of electrified options for the European market. It started with the launch of the 500 Hybrid and Panda Hybrid, continued with the new 500e and Ulysse vans, and now these models are joined by the 500X Hybrid and Tipo Hybrid with the new 1.5-litre turbocharged Stellantis engine with a 48-volt hybrid. system.
New 1.5-liter turbocharged hybrid powertrain –
The new hybrid models feature the new 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine (part of the Stellantis Global Small Engine or “GSE” family). The engine delivers 130 horsepower and 176 lb-ft. (240 Nm) of torque, mated to a new 7-speed 7HDT300 dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The new propulsion system includes an integrated 48-volt 15 kW (20 horsepower) electric motor delivering 41 lb-ft. (55 Nm) of torque – equalizing at 99 lb-ft. (135 Nm) of torque at the gearbox input – which can propel the wheels even when the internal combustion engine (ICE) is switched off. New hybrid models offer up to 15% less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than previous gasoline models.
The new 1.5 liter turbocharged engine has been designed to be best suited for hybrid use, to optimize thermodynamics and therefore to save on fuel consumption. It runs on the Miller cycle which improves thermal efficiency and features a high compression ratio (12.5:1), a new cylinder head with a compact combustion chamber, dual variable valve timing and special intake ports “at high speed”. Another novelty is the high-pressure direct injection system, operating up to 350 bars. The gasoline engine delivers 130 horsepower, while peak torque reaches 176 lb-ft. (240Nm). A belt starter generator (BSG) is also installed in the petrol engine, to ensure quick and quiet transitions when restarting.
The braking system of the new hybrid models includes the Intelligent Braking System which includes an “automatic charge” function using mixed regenerative braking to maximize kinetic energy recovery and improve efficiency.
New “EV” Engine Features –
Thanks to the new propulsion system, the hybrid models offer a versatile and relaxing driving experience, with various functionalities allowing the vehicle to move in electric mode (“EV functionalities”). These include:
- Silent start: starts the vehicle without having to switch on the petrol engine, using a purely electric and quiet “EV” driving mode
- Energy recovery: recovers energy that would otherwise be lost during vehicle deceleration (e-Coasting) and during braking (Regenerative Braking);
- Boost and load point change: ‘e-Boosting’ allows an increase in torque at the wheels thanks to the electric motor which supports the petrol engine; moreover, by taking advantage of the torque (driving or braking) delivered by the electric motor, it is possible to optimize the operating point of the gasoline engine;
- Electric drive: the vehicle can be driven silently and emission-free using only the electric motor, while the petrol engine is switched off.
The new Fiat 500X Hybrid and Tipo Hybrid can operate in different driving scenarios using only the electric motor (and with the petrol engine switched off). This is made possible through an array of electrical operating modes known as “EV capabilities”, which include:
- e-Launch: starts the vehicle using only the electric motor, when starting or restarting at traffic lights
- e-Creeping: the electric motor ensures the start normally observed on automatic vehicles, at a speed which can vary from 0 km/h to the equivalent of idling the gasoline engine in first gear, or in reverse (for example during manoeuvres)
- electronic queue: the vehicle can continue to drive in a traffic jam, following a “stop & go” pattern in 100% electric mode
- e-Parking: Simplifies parking maneuvers, which can only be performed in electric propulsion, to ensure a convenient and quiet experience.
EV capacities are available depending on the state of charge of the battery and the power output required.
500X Hybrid –
The 2022 Fiat 500X is the ideal car for young people looking for a unique style, who commute daily in the city but also like to go out of town without restraint.
For 2022, the exterior of the 500X has been refreshed. The front features the “500” logo, while the rear includes the dynamic “FIAT” lettering. The two new exterior elements make the vehicle more contemporary while giving a nod to the new 500e.
Available in Cult, Club, Cross and Sport trim levels and in two body variants (Hatchback and Dolcevita with soft top), the 500X continues to offer petrol and diesel options. With the new hybrid model, the 500X offers customers all mobility needs.
Hybrid type –
Tipo Hybrid is the ideal car for families looking for a versatile and functional car to meet daily travel needs, also thanks to the reintroduction in the range of the automatic transmission. Tipo is a car to go anywhere, from city centers to trips out of town; a practical and spacious vehicle while respecting the environment.
Tipo Hybrid is therefore part of the range of a model that has sold more than a million units since its launch, making it the quintessence of the “family mover”. It is available in four trim levels (Tipo, City Life, City Cross and Cross), all in the hatchback body variant and as a very spacious station wagon.
Just like the 500X, the Tipo offers petrol and diesel options to suit every customer’s needs.
Fuel economy –
It is the first FIAT Hybrid that uses the electric motor by completely disconnecting the petrol engine, which can remain off up to 47% of the time depending on the total WLTP cycle. In the urban cycle alone, the percentage rises to 62%. Thus, the new 48 Volt Hybrid is a gasoline engine that consumes less fuel than diesel in the urban cycle (WLTP):
- 4.7 L/100 km versus 5.0 L/100 km for the Tipo’s 1.6 diesel engine;
- 5.1 L/100 km versus 5.4 L/100 km for the 1.6 diesel engine in the 500X.
The advantages of the new 1.5-liter 48-volt hybrid engine are even greater than those of the previous 1.3-liter turbocharged (500X): in the new version, CO2 emissions are up to 11% lower (WLTP cycle). Performance is never sacrificed and the car is very comfortable to drive, thanks to the almost imperceptible passages between the electric motor and the combustion engine.
Orders for the Fiat 500X Hybrid and Tipo Hybrid – produced at the Melfi plant in Italy and Tofas in Turkey respectively – open in February for the main European markets. The models will be available in dealerships from April.