The Fiat 500 is hailed as one of the best city cars on sale today, albeit not here.
Earlier this year however the Italian marque overhauled the 500 family and even introduced an all-electric version called the 500e. But given its two-door design, passengers have a hard time getting into the rear seats. In order to address the issue, Fiat has decided to add a smaller third door on the passenger side of the all-electric 500. Meet the aptly-named Fiat 500 Electric 3+1.
For those wondering, yes, this car is asymmetrical just like the Hyundai Veloster. It has an extra coach-style door on the passenger side but none on the driver side. According to Fiat, the tiny rear door will help the passenger enter and exit the second row faster and more conveniently. Rather than having to slide flip down the front seats, passengers can just open the tiny door instead.
Despite the extra door, Fiat says that the dimensions of the 3+1 are the same as the standard 500e. Even more interesting is that the passenger door size of both models remains the same, even with the addition of a tiny door. The Italian marque decided to modify the solid fender instead to become a small door, adding hinges. For safety reasons, the rear door can only be opened when the passenger door is open.
With the addition of the door, the 500 Electric 3+1 does weigh 30kg more than standard. However, the automaker claims handling is “not affected by the extra weight”. The 4-door electric city car uses a 111 hp electric motor which is powered by a 24.0-kWh battery pack. The electric driving range is still limited to around 185km based on the WLPT standards. Fiat does peg it as a city car so you won’t be able to go too far.
So what do you think of Fiat’s “fix” to make the 500 more passenger-friendly? Or should they have just made it a four-door model? Let us know.