Launched in 2007, the new Fiat 500 marked the return of the company’s tiny economy car as a full lineup of vehicles that now incorporates various body styles and engines. Featuring a distinctive, retro appearance similar to the new Mini Cooper and Volkswagen New Beetle, the modern-day 500 expanded to include the 500C convertible, the wagon-like 500L, the all-electric 500E and the high-performance 500 Abarth. The 2015 model brought the 500X, a compact crossover that allows the Italians to explore a brand-new segment. Developed alongside the 2015 Jeep Renegade and unveiled with a host of gasoline and diesel engines, the 500X now follows into the footsteps of the 500L by receiving a range of aftermarket Mopar parts and accessories.

The 500X aims to compete against the Mini Countryman in a more elaborate fashion in an era in which having as many custom options as possible is what draws customers into dealerships. The accessories are available to both American and European markets, enabling the 500X to join its rebodied Renegade sibling as the latest Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicle to join Moparized ranks.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500X By Mopar.

  • 2015 Fiat 500X By Mopar
  • Year:
    2015
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  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    112 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    30000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Mopar may be offering more than 100 parts and accessories for the Fiat 500X, but you shouldn’t expect these features to radically change the way the crossover looks. That’s not to say these goodies don’t enhance the appeal of the 500X, moving it closer to the Mini Countryman in terms of customizing options, but the parts are far from functional and don’t contribute to the vehicle’s aerodynamic properties.

Mopar offers a complete exterior pack that features mirror covers, door molding inserts, and roof/bonnet stickers in four different colors. Customers can choose between White, Red, Bronze and Greyge. There’s also a Chrome Pack, which offers the same parts in a chrome-plated finish.

Packages aside, buyers can select from nine different color options for the door mirror fairings and can opt for 18-inch alloy wheels featuring a special design and a gray, diamond-effect finish. Rounding off the exterior accessories available through Mopar are a host of roof boxes and systems for transporting bikes, skis, snowboards, surfboards, and more.

Interior

The interior parts list is a bit shorter and only includes features designed to enhance the 500X’s functionality. Much like its American sibling, the Jeep Renegade, the 500X gets tablet holders and coat hooks in the seating area, and the luggage compartment can be enhanced by means of guards, nets and organizers. A set of special floor mats are available, but only with the Chrome Pack.

Other than that, the 500X remains stock, meaning it comes with either a 5- or 6.5-inch Uconnect infotainment system with both Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a DAB sound system and a Beats Hi-Fi developed in cooperation with Beats by Dr. Dre.

Drivetrain

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As with most Moparized Fiats, the 500X remains stock as far as drivetrains are concerned. The gasoline range begins with the 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter E-torQ and continues to the familiar 1.4-liter MultiAir unit, generating 140 horsepower. Lastly, the 2.4-liter Tigershark will deliver 184 horses to the wheels.

European customers will be able to add Mopar packages to the diesel-powered 500X as well. The range includes a 95-horsepower 1.3-liter, a 120-pony 1.6-liter, and a 140-horsepower 2.0-liter, all three of the MultiJet II variety.

These Mopar parts will be available in the U.S. as soon as the 500X reaches North American dealerships, but buyers will have access to a narrower range of engines, most likely limited to the 1.4-liter MultiAir II and the 2.4-liter Tigershark. Needless to say, output figures will remain unchanged despite the Mopar treatment.

Prices

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FCA has yet to reveal pricing for these Mopar parts.

Competition

Jeep Renegade

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The Fiat 500X will compete against the Jeep Renegade in both the European and North American markets, with both models to benefit from Mopar parts. The Chrysler-owned brand has already announced more than 100 parts for the 2015 Renegade, meaning the Jeep is as customizable as the 500X. Mopar parts aren’t the only bits these two vehicles share, as both the Renegade and the 500X ride on the same platform. But while the 500X still reminds us of the tiny 500 hatch, the Renegade features an exterior design of its own, having a more rugged appearance in line with Jeep’s current design language.

The crossovers share the same engines as well. The Euro-spec Renegade is available with most of the 500X’s mills, while the U.S. model gets the 1.4-liter inline-four and the 2.4-liter Tigershark. The former is rated at 160 ponies and 184 pound-feet of torque, while the latter generates 184 ponies and 117 pound-feet of torque. The Tigershark mates to a nine-speed automatic and optional four-wheel-drive.

Mini Countryman

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The Fiat 500 and the Mini Cooper have been at it for more than a decade and it seems the battle will continue in this segment too. The Countryman is clearly the most customizable of the two, but once these Mopar parts are available the 500X will manage to narrow that gap. Revised for the 2015 model year, the new Countryman gets a handful of exterior changes and a revised interior with new in-car technology.

The Countryman is available in four guises Stateside, all motivated by four-cylinder mills. The base model comes with 121 ponies on tap, while the S and the S All4 benefit from 181 horses. Customers looking for more output have the John Cooper Works version to turn to. The range-topping model has 208 horsepower at its disposal, which are sent to all four wheels. Countryman pricing starts from $22,750.

Conclusion

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As much as I hate seeing the Mopar name linked to brand such as Fiat, I have to give the alliance credit for trying to compete against Mini by making the 500 a more customizable vehicle. In the meantime, the Mini Countryman remains the vehicle with the most options and appeal, but the 500X might stand a chance if Mopar expands its offering to include more interior accessories. Tablet holders and coat hooks won’t cut it.

  • Leave it
    • No engine upgrades
    • Very few customization options for the interior
    • The Mini Countryman sounds like the better option
Ciprian Florea
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Press Release

The Fiat 500X, the new compact crossover in the 500 family that marks the evolution of the brand and technology through the development in its DNA, is currently being introduced to the international press at the Balocco Proving Grounds in the Province of Vercelli.

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The important event is also being attended by Mopar® - the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reference brand for services, Customer Care, genuine spare parts and accessories - which will be presenting two models customised with some special Mopar accessories to showcase some of the ideas and services dedicated to the Fiat 500X.

The first car on show is a Fiat 500X which sports a distinctive three-coat Amore Red body with white Mopar accessories - mirror covers, door moulding inserts and bonnet and roof stickers - gathered in the special "White Pack" created to enhance the appearance of this version of the car more suited to leisure activities and outdoor lifestyles. The effect is made even more striking by another exclusive Mopar product: 18" alloy rims with special pattern and a light-colour diamond-effect treatment. The Mopar equipment on this car was picked to enhance its already outstanding functionality: like the surprising "boot organiser", which conveys a high product quality feel and allows extremely flexible organisation of the boot space to keep the widest array of objects always in perfect order.

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Spotlights will also be trained on the second Fiat 500X. Its smart Greyge paintwork will be made even more elegant by "Chrome Pack" accessories, including refined chrome-plated mirror covers, door moulding inserts, fog light rims, bonnet moulding and special mats. Mopar customisation is completed by 18" alloy wheels with a specific pattern and specific light-coloured diamond-finish treatment.

100 exclusive accessories

Over 100 accessories have been designed specifically for the Fiat crossover, all top-quality products which perfectly match the technical and stylistic features of the new car for full, complete customisation. Examples include the 18" alloy rims with their specific design and range of colours and aesthetic treatments, the door mirror fairings in 9 colour options, original stickers for the roof, bonnet and side strips, and door moulding inserts in four colours or chrome plated.

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For a splash more colour, there are four kits available (White, Red, Bronze and Greyge) comprising mirror fairings, door moulding inserts and roof/bonnet stickers which perfectly match the alloy rims. Or, for those who prefer something a little more stylish, there are a host of chrome plated elements to choose from - available individually or in the excellent value Chrome Kit - such as mirror fairings, door moulding inserts, fog light trim and bonnet moulding.

Enhancing the 500X’s functionality are a wide range of roof boxes and systems for transporting winter and water sports equipment (bikes, surfboards, skis, snowboards, etc.). The offer is completed by a selection of accessories dedicated to protecting and getting the most out of the luggage compartment (guards, nets and organisers) or for increasing comfort inside the vehicle (such as tablet holders and coat hooks).

The new "Xtra Care" pack from Mopar Vehicle Protection

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"Mopar Vehicle Protection" offers a complete portfolio of service contracts guaranteed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which ensure the utmost peace of mind for customers thanks to a wide range of warranty products to cover the vehicle’s electrical and mechanical components, dedicated servicing plans designed to meet specific customer needs, in addition to an assistance and repair service provided by highly specialised technicians who use exclusively original parts.

Currently available in more than 40 countries in the EMEA region and with a portfolio of more than 50 products, "Mopar Vehicle Protection" has developed a specific selection of assistance and maintenance services - known as "Xtra Care" - to meet the needs of the new Fiat 500X customers. The proposed solution puts the stress firmly on coverage for mechanical and electrical faults - extending the manufacturer’s warranty up to five years / 75,000 km - and includes, for the same period, cover for scheduled maintenance costs to guarantee a vehicle which is always in perfect condition.

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"Mopar Vehicle Protection" plans include a comprehensive range of options in terms of duration and mileage, designed to offer customers greater protection for their vehicles, providing the certainty that, wherever they may be, they can always count on a widespread service network which makes use of original parts and highly qualified technicians. In addition, all the peace of mind provided by roadside assistance services throughout Europe and all the value of a plan which, if the vehicle is sold on, can be used by its new owner.

Owner Handbooks with AR technology

500X customers will have access to a new Owner Handbook containing comprehensive vehicle information in just 200 pages. Featuring a full colour layout that’s quick to consult and user-friendly, the publication is accompanied by addition information available online or via "Ciao Fiat Mobile", the mobile application available free of charge from the Apple Store and Google Play in 15 European countries and in 5 languages, downloaded more than 125,000 times up to September 2014. The new 500X Owner Handbook mobile will also offer an Augmented Reality function: simply scan the "AR+" symbol inside the application handbook and direct your smartphone camera at given parts of the car to access additional interactive content.

Technical Service

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With the launch of the new 500X, the activities of Technical Service - provided by Mopar through the Service Network of Dealerships and Authorised Workshops and Body Shops - have also been updated to offer a service that always keeps pace with technological innovation. For instance, the sales launch of the 500X sees the debut of the microPOD at servicing centres. This is a new, totally wireless, electronic diagnosis tool. Finally, Mopar Technical Service organises targeted courses for all roles in the network, assessing and certifying various skills. A wide-ranging and varied task, and - for the launch of the new 500X - this too has been updated in terms of processes and procedures to make training another pièce de résistance of the Mopar brand.

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