Fiat has finally revealed its new crossover, the 500x at the Paris Motor Show. The Fiat 500x was designed and built to be similar to the Jeep Renegade and as a result, both the cars share many components and are based on the same platform.
The designers have splashed on many curves into the car body, but have managed to keep it interesting and make you feel like it can (it probably will) go off-road. It maintains the original Cinquecento looks even though it is much larger in size. But compare it to the other crossovers and you`ll notice it is relatively small in dimensions. Still, it will keep the passengers comfortable with many seat adjustment options and carry their luggage in the 350 liters boot.
The crossover will be available in Front-wheel drive, Front-wheel drive with Traction Plus and Four wheel drive config and a slew of engines including the famed 1.4 MultiAir II turbo engine 140 hp, a 120 hp 1.6 liter MultiJet II and a 140 hp 2.0 liter Multijet II. The first two will be offered with front-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual ‘box while the latter will have a 9-speed auto ‘box and four-wheel drive. Later, Fiat will introduce the following engines:
- 1.6-liter E-torQ producing 110 hp with a 5-speed manual and FWD
- 1.4 MultiAir II producing 170 hp with the 9-speed auto gearbox and 4WD
- 2.4 TigerShark producing 184 hp with the automatic gearbox and 4WD.
Fiat explains the Traction Plus system as “(which) on one hand improves grip on rough, slippery terrain, and on the other costs less and has lower emissions than a conventional four-wheel drive, proving more efficient in light, everyday off-road use”
A Hi-Fi System co-developed with inputs from Beats by Dr.Dre, which made its debut with the 500L, will also be available as an option on the infotainment side.
The Fiat 500X will be manufactured at the company’s Melfi factory in Italy and will make its presence felt in 100 markets which Fiat operates in. Unfortunately, India does not find a place in that list.