The Italian carmaker has finally taken the wraps and officially introduced the 500X crossover during the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
The Jeep Renegade – 500X’s platform brother – has already been released for some time, so we were wondering why Fiat took so long in presenting its own little crossover – especially since the duo also share the same production line.
Now the wait is over, and we can see all the leaked images were spot on. The small crossover is the sixth model in the expanded 500 model lineup (500, 500C, 500L, 500L Trekking and 500L Living) and has the same traits – original design but with a decisive 500 flavor.
The model is set to be produced in the upgraded SATA plant in Melfi, Italy, has been declined in two slightly different versions – “one is more “metropolitan” and the other is ideal for leisure”, according to the automaker. While the Renegade plays all on the rugged card, the 500X offers a more stylish alternative, with an exterior design that is also better looking than the 500L family.
From the start, the engine lineup will be quite extensive – one petrol and two diesel options. The former has a 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II (fwd only) that delivers 140 hp and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The diesel Multijet II options come as a 1.6-liter with 120 hp in the same configuration as the petrol variant and a bigger 2.0-liter with 140 hp, all-wheel drive and the new 9-speed automatic transmission. Later on Fiat will add the 1.6 E-torQ (110 hp, fwd and 5-speed manual), the 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II (170 hp, AWD, 9-speed auto) and an unconventional Tigershark 2.4-liter unit that has 184 hp. Diesel lovers would also get the 1.3 MultiJet II with 95 HP (70 kW).