The Fiat 500 next-generation may adopt a hybrid engine

Sergio Marchionne ensures that the next generation of the Fiat 500 will use the system ‘mild hybrid’ that will allow them to get rid of the diesel engines Multijet and reduce the level of pollutant emissions.

Con eleven years on their backs, the Fiat 500 you need a generational shift in order not to lose competitiveness against its more modern adversaries. However, it is fair to say that the 500 has managed to stay updated, while retaining its appeal even after more than a decade on the market.

however Fiat Chrysler Automobiles already prepares its new generation, a model that will retain the look ‘retro’ that characterizes the current generation, but that will add new technologies to continue winning over users. Among those new technologies would be a hybrid engine, which will leave behind the diesel engine’s MultiJet 1.3-liter, in favor of a new hybrid system of 48 volts.

This new hybrid system would be part of the plan Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in its entire range of vehicles. According to recent statements of Sergio Marchionne to the british press, the company is willing to experiment with some suggested alternatives to small-scale diesel engines, in its sole discretion, are dead.

In that sense, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles seems to have found the answer in hybrid systems, 48-volt, which looks like the solution is more balanced for a car like the 500, from the economic point of view. Marchionne believes that a full hybrid system on products like the Panda or the 500 would not be cost effective, although systems of 48 volts would be the correct alternative.

Taking into account that standards on pollutant emissions are every day more strict, there are several manufacturers that study the alternative of petrol engines with ‘hybridization mild’, something that the industry is known as a ‘Mild Hybrid System’. The idea behind this type of hybridization is to optimize the use of the combustion engine, making the energy all of the electrical systems and auxiliaries come from another source of energy.

The hybrid 48 volt do not use an electric motor, but the heat engine is assisted by a starter-generator, which allows one to attend to the combustion engine at times of maximum acceleration, while slowing down the starter-generator stored energy in the batteries.

however, the next generation of the Fiat 500 will not come before 2019, so the current model still has two more years ahead.