The latest report concerning the sporty Italian brand sees Abarth planning a hotter Fiat 500X that should be ready for commercial availability sometime during 2017.
Abarth has already pledged to bring the more dynamic version of the Fiat 500X subcompact crossover to life for some time now and the latest rumor flying around the mill pans the model being readied for a 2017 launch – as the brand has decided of more importance to be the planned iteration of the Fiat 124 Spider, which should be revealed next year. The beefier 500X will make use of the ubiquitous 1.4-liter MultiAir II engine used by so many other vehicles from the Fiat brand, and in this case it will be tuned to develop about 170 hp (127 kW) – another important detail is the fact it will be mated exclusively to the all-wheel drive system. The standard setup will be using a six speed manual transmission but of course if you’re willing to pay more the brand will also offer the optional six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Besides the updated powertrain, we’re naturally expecting a different styling setup and better brakes, a modified suspension and the mandatory exhaust system tuning job – you might remember the Abarth iterations of the smallish 500 have some of the throatiest voices out there. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is also looking to make the Abarth 500X a global offering though focus will be on the SUV-loving US market, especially since it will be able to ask a serious premium over the regular Fiat version.