Chrysler Group is previewing three new North American versions of the Fiat 500 including the 500e electric, 500c Abarth convertible and 500L wagon will be shown alongside a new Chrysler Town & Country S edition minivan, a 2013 Dodge Charger Daytona and the 10th anniversary 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.
The 500e plug-in electric will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013 in California, with a phased expansion to other markets. Although they have declined to reveal the eventual price, company have said the Chrysler will “ lose $10,000 on each 500e it sells, just to comply with California air quality regulations.”
The automaker also claims that its first all-electric Fiat will have a range of at least 80 miles, with a city-only range of at least 100 miles, from its 111-hp battery electric powertrain. It has a recharge time of less than four hours when using a 240-volt power supply. The 500e also features a new push-button transmission shifter.
The 500c Abarth is a drop-top variant of the performance 500 Abarth introduced in North America last year. Due to appear in Fiat showrooms during the first quarter of 2013, the 500c keeps the hardtop Abarth’s 160-hp 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged engine and its five-speed manual transmission.
The 500c’s retractable cloth roof slides back inside tracks above both doors, and will retract partially with the push of a button while the car is moving as fast as 60 mph. While the vehicle is moving up to 50 mph, the roof will retract all the way behind the rear head restraints. Pricing for the 500c was not revealed.
Even more attractive to potential buyers will be the five passenger500L wagon, which is 26 inches longer and 6 inches wider and higher than a standard 500. It shares the 1.4-liter turbo engine of the 500 Abarth paired with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions to deliver 160 hp. Made in Serbia, the North American version is scheduled to hit the US market in mid-2013 as a 2014 model.
The 2012 Los Angles Car Show is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015 now through December 9th. SHours are: Monday-Friday 11am – 10pm, Saturdays: 9am – 10pm, and Sundays: 9am – 8pm. The show entrance closes one hour prior to the show closing. Tickets are $12 for adults. Children under 12 will be admitted for free if accompanied by and adult. For information about E-tickets call