However, the electric concept could have a far greater purpose, becoming Fiat’s next city car and succeeding the iconic Panda.
The Centoventi follows traditional Panda traits, being versatile, small and manoeuvrable, and packed with simple but clever ideas.
Choose your range
The car has been designed with a modular battery system – buyers would be able to opt for a ‘base’ model with a single battery and a range of just 62 miles, or to buy or rent up to three extra batteries, giving up to 310 miles of range if it’s needed.
Thanks to a sliding rail system for installation, Fiat says the battery swap can be undertaken in less than five minutes at a service centre. And the mounting points for the batteries are designed to ensure that adding or removing them does not affect the Centoventi’s weight distribution.
Paying homage to the original Panda’s modular dashboard and reconfigurable seats, the Centoventi will offer a widely customisable interior. The dashboard takes the form of a full-width shelf and – in a clear nod to history – the controls, dials and gauges sit on the steering column in a single pod. Fiat even placed a plush panda toy in the cup holders on the show stand.
The dashboard is filled with holes, into which features and accessories can be fitted using a Lego-like interlocking mounting system. An ‘extensive’ catalogue of accessories is promised.
The open-top car can be fitted with fabric or hard roofs – including one with a built-in solar panel. Taking inspiration from a popular vacuum cleaner, an electric charging cable is concealed on its own reel just underneath the windscreen.
Most observers believe that the concept firmly previews Fiat’s future plans for city mobility, and a replacement for the Panda is becoming urgent. The current model, based on a ten-year-old design, recently scored a dismal zero-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
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