The Topolino moniker was used for the last time on production vehicles more than 60 years ago. However, Fiat has plans to revive the legendary name with a new mini electric vehicle. It will not be designed from scratch but will be based on the very cute zero-emissions engine that Citroen sells in Europe.
According to information from Automotive NewsFiat will receive a version of the Citroen Ami and the first prototype of the model has been shown to dealers. One dealer who saw the vehicle in person told online publications that it was a little smoother than the original version from Citroen.
In many European countries, the Ami is classified as a quadricycle due to its low power and small size. It can be ridden from 14 to 16 years old, making it ideal for both suburban and urban areas. Just like the Ami, the Topolino is expected to be sold in passenger and cargo versions and there may also be a convertible model with a cushioned canvas upper.
Measuring 2.41 meters (95 inches), the Ami has room for two adults and is powered by a small electric motor with a peak output of just 8 horsepower (6 kilowatts). The top speed is 28 miles per hour (45 kilometers per hour) and has a turning circle of 7.2 meters. The 5.5 kWh battery pack provides a WLTP certified range of 75 kilometers (47 miles) on a single charge.
A version of the Fiat vehicle is expected to debut with the same tech specs, according to a report from Automotive News, it could have a more luxurious cabin. Just like the Citroen Ami – and the Opel Rocks-e which is a rebranded version of the same vehicle – the Topolino will be assembled at the Stellantis factory in Kenitra, Morocco. Output from the plant is expected to increase to around 35,000 to 40,000 units per year once the Topolino hits the assembly line at some point next year.