Fiat has introduced during the 2014 Paris Motor Show the 500X, the latest member of the 500 family.
The Italian company describes the 500X as a crossover not only in terms of vehicle segments, but also in terms of its potential customers. With two versions on offer, there is a 500X to suit every need and taste: one is designed to appeal to those with a fun-loving, spirited, metropolitan outlook while another, more rugged version has been designed with stylish, active adventures in mind.
The 500X comes with a choice of 12 different body colors and eight different designs for the 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, will help every owner personalize the look of their Fiat 500X.
Yes, this new Fiat 500X will be sold in North America. Built in the updated SATA plant in Melfi, Italy, it will be sold in more than 100 countries worldwide including the United States.
The engine range of the new FIAT 500X in EMEA countries includes four gasoline engines and three diesels: front-wheel drive, gasoline-powered models are either equipped with a 110 horsepower, 1.6-liter “E-torQ” engine with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 140 horsepower, 1.4-liter Turbo MultiAir II engine with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed twin-clutch transmission.
All-wheel drive gasoline models, which are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission, are powered either by a 170 horsepower, 1.4-liter Turbo MultiAir II engine or the 184 horsepower, 2.4-litre Tigershark engine. We can expect these engines in the U.S.
The front-wheel drive diesel range consists of the 95 horsepower, 1.3-liter MultiJet II turbo diesel, equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox and the 120 horsepower1.6-liter MultiJet II turbo diesel equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The four-wheel drive diesel option is the 140 horsepower, 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, which will be available with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission.
Designed in the Centro Stile Fiat, the company said this new 500X is compact on the outside while being spacious and inviting on the inside, with extensive use of high-grade materials, top-quality finishes and practical storage compartments.
In line with the “tailor your Fiat as you want it” philosophy, there will be seven different interior fabric, leather and color configurations available, depending on the model and exterior color.
The Fiat 500X will have a 5.0- or 6.5-inch Uconnect color touchscreen infotainment systems. Both systems are said to feature Bluetooth, aux-in and USB connectivity and can be operated via steering wheel remote controls and voice commands. The five-inch Uconnect unit is available with TomTom 2.5D navigation while the 6.5-inch system features satellite navigation with 3D maps, progressive route guidance and ‘One Shot Voice Destination Entry’ to enter addresses with voice commands. DAB and a Beats Hi-Fi system, developed in collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre, are also available.
Most of Europe will see the 500X on their roads in 2015, with the UK in the second quarter of 2015. No word yet on the timeframe of U.S. availability.