In the rush to electrification and the clash with French, German and Asian brands, Fiat looks a little timid. However, it would be unfair to say that he is on the mend. Proof: The first 100% electric Fiat lives on as the success story that made the 500, with 100,000 built in less than 24 months, the second best-selling electric car in Europe after the Tesla Model 3! A real feat from the point of view of an actor who is considered the least invested in the energy transition and a craze that also reveals the quality of the product!
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However, for the rest of the lineup, true hybrid and Fiat plug-in vehicles are still in the early stages of the announcement. Fiat is sticking with the “light” hybridization of its thermal models for now. After the 1.0L and 1.3L comes the “mild hybrid” (or microhybrid) version of the 1.5L. On paper, however, our 130bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine already claims to be a “full hybrid” since the electric motor (20 hp) can drive the car alone. It is essentially a micro-hybrid, as 100 percent electric running is provided by what might be called a 48-volt starter-alternator integrated into a 7-speed automatic transmission and a barely 0.7 kWh battery allows only very short electrical raises. So Fiat is playing with words. However, the Tipo has proven to be smooth to use, mostly in the city where the light steering makes it very nimble. Obviously, it is in this environment that it is possible to increase the number of electric driving phases, which will at the same time save precious deciliters of fuel.
Outside the city, at higher speeds, it is a little less comfortable, especially during restarts, when the “hybrid” autobox has small moments of lethargy.