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Marchionne: Next Fiat 500 Will Get Mild Hybrid

Marchionne: Next Fiat 500 Will Get Mild Hybrid

Small displacement diesel engines are dead. At least that’s the assertion made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne in an interview with UK publication AutoExpress. The executive went on to confirm plans for a mild hybrid version of next Fiat 500 mini car.

More specifically, the next 500 is apparently slated to gain a 48-volt hybrid power system. The electrification will replace the car’s 1.3-liter MultiJet engine, which is offered in the European market. Mild hybrids are more cost effective means of lowering NOx emissions than plug-in electric systems.

“There are very few things that are certain in this market – apart from one, and that is that small displacement diesels are dead. I think everything else is fair play, so we’ll experiment,” Marchionne told AutoExpress. 

Marchionne went on to say that full hybrids are still out of reach from a cost for mini-cars from a cost perspective, but that the 48-volt system is actually cheaper than the current diesel version of the 500.

When exactly we’ll see the new Fiat 500 is anyone’s guess, but it is a safe assumption the car won’t be seen until after 2019.





 

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  1. Tone
    Not sure why this is surprising -- even if dieselgate hadn't happened. Pending emission regulations were always going to require some additional after-treatment and that's tougher to do in a small, inexpensive car. As more cars go to 48 volt systems, they'll become commodity bits and prices will fall. A system much like GM's former e-Assist (a combined alternator/assist) but leveraging a more powerful electrical system would allow for a very small gas motor (like this generation's Euro twin) with acceptable performance and good fuel economy. Expect to see that on other small cars as well.

    And, as someone else pointed out, we'll see if FCA can find the funds for any next-gen low margin small cars!
    2b2
    The electrification will replace the car's 1.3-liter MultiJet engine, which is offered in the European market. Mild hybrids are more cost effective means of lowering NOx emissions than plug-in electric systems.


    contradiction?

    Marchionne went on to say that full hybrids are still out of reach from a cost for mini-cars from a cost perspective, but that the 48-volt system is actually cheaper than the current diesel version of the 500.


    business-speak for, "WE don't have it ready SO it's not important...

    ...until WE do"

    ?
    arutherford
    Don't worry, it will get delayed...
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