Fiat Revives Topolino Name For All-Electric Quadricycle Based on Citroen’s Ami

Inspired by the original 500, the new Fiat Topolino is expected to carry over the Citroen Ami’s battery and powertrain.

By Amaan Ahmed


31-May-23 09:56 PM IST



  • New Fiat Topolino quadricycle draws inspiration from the original 500 hatchback.
  • Expected to feature Ami’s 5.4 kWh battery, with range of up to 75 kilometres.
  • Part of Fiat’s plans to go all-electric in Europe by 2027.

In a surprising move, Fiat has resurrected one of its most iconic nameplates for a new type of vehicle – the Topolino is back; this time, in the form of a quadricycle. Italian for ‘baby mouse’, the Topolino name was associated with the original Fiat 500, which went into production in 1936 and was on sale well into the mid-1950s. Based on the Citroen Ami, the new Topolino is expected to borrow its underpinnings from the French quadricycle, along with its battery and powertrain.


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From the single image Fiat has shared, it’s clear the new Topolino even draws heavily from the revered original 500 in terms of design and styling. Its face is a direct throwback to the adorable hatchback, with its round headlights flanked by circular turn indicators and a silver-hued ‘bumper’ integrated into the chin. There’s even a retractable cloth roof, rope-fasteners in place of doors and disc-style wheels, all of which give it a feel similar to that of the Fiat 500 Jolly from back in the day.


Being a quadricycle, the new Fiat Topolino will weigh under 500 kg, and will have a top speed of under 45 kmph. A 5.4 kWh lithium-ion battery will give the new Topolino a range of up to 75 kilometres (WMTC). The Topolino will have seating for two passengers, with single-piece seats visible in the picture released by the Italian carmaker.


Aimed at making mobility ‘accessible to everyone’, the Topolino – part of Fiat’s plans to sell only electric vehicles in Europe by 2027 – is expected to be one of the most affordable four-wheeled vehicles to go on sale in European markets in the time to come.

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