The Fiat 500X represents a lot of milestones for Fiat. It’s the largest Fiat 500-based model and it’s the first compact crossover Fiat has built, which is remarkable considering that the car it’s based on isn’t exactly known for its spacious design. To commemorate the arrival of the 500X, Fiat’s taking a page from Mercedes-Benz’s handbook by releasing a limited number of 500X Opening Edition models that will hit a selected number of European markets.

The 500X Opening Edition will actually come in three different versions, giving potential customers the chance to pick which one suits them best. Two front-wheel-drive options come with either a 1.4-liter Turbo MultiAir II engine that produces 140 horsepower or a 1.6-liter MultiJet II that pumps out 120 horsepower. If those don’t suit you, you can opt for the all-wheel-drive model with a 2.0-liter MultiJet II that also develops 140 ponies.

It’s unlikely that the 500X Opening Edition will find its way to U.S. shores anytime soon, but if you happen to live in Europe, specifically Germany, France, Italy, Spain or Switzerland, you have an opportunity to avail this special-edition 500X. For a first time model, the 500X Opening Edition could turn a lot of heads.

Fiat’s price for the 500X Opening Edition models begins at €21,900 ($27,700 as of 10/14/2014) and goes all the way up to €30,650 ($38,800) for the top-of-the-range 4x4 model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500X Opening Edition.

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Likewise, a Comfort Pack is also being offered with this version of the 500X Opening Edition.

The 500X Opening Edition with the front-wheel-drive system gets a saucy Pastel Art Grey livery, which probably looks a lot better in person than it does in this photo. If you’re not a fan of the color, you can at least take comfort knowing that the model comes with a bevy of new equipment, including automatic climate control, the Keyless Entry & Keyless Go system, tinted rear windows, an Opening Edition badge, and a set of 18-inch alloy wheels.

The model also gets Fiat’s Safety Pack, which features safety goodies like anti-collision, lane-change assistance, lane-departure warning, and a rearview camera. Likewise, a Comfort Pack is also offered with this version of the 500X Opening Edition.

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Electrically folding door mirrors are also part of this package.

The top-of-the-range version of the 500X Opening Edition is dressed in an exclusive tricot Amore Red finish. Not that it’s obvious, but this model does have a little more flashiness to it compared to the other version of the 500X. On top of that, it also gets a red-and-black leather interior, to go with a Navigation Pack that includes a 6.5-inch Uconnect navi system with an additional USB port in the front armrest compartment.

Power-folding door mirrors are also part of this package, as are the electrochromic rearview mirror, steering wheel gear controls, and of course, the exclusive Opening Edition badge.

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The Fiat 500X made its long-awaited debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The arrival of the 500X is a significant step in the automaker’s plan to diversifying its lineup. Finally, it has a compact crossover to call its own, even though the 500X does share a lot with the Jeep Renegade.

But don’t sleep on the 500X because it does have a lot of redeeming qualities, beginning with an aggressive design that in my eyes is the best of all the Fiat 500-based models. On top of that, the 500X also gets an upscale interior to go with a plethora of engine options for customers can choose from.

All in all, there are six different powertrain options for the 500X, beginning with the 1.3-liter, MultiJet II, turbo-diesel engine that produces 95 horsepower and moving up to the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine that pumps out an impressive 184 horsepower.

Fiat hasn’t released pricing details for the 500X in the US, but I estimate it’ll start at $23,000 and peak at around $33,000.

Press Release

On the markets on which it is sold - Italy, Germany, France, Spain or Switzerland - the Fiat 500X "Opening Edition" will be available in three versions: two 4x2 options with the 140 HP 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II or the 120 HP 1.6 MultiJet II engines, and one 4x4 with the 140 HP 2.0 MultiJet II engine.

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The 500X "Opening Edition" with 4x2 drive system - equipped with the 120 HP 1.6 MultiJet II engine or the 140 HP 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II - features a pastel Art Grey livery, and an exclusive selection of equipment such as automatic climate control, 18" alloy rims, the "Safety Pack" which includes a comprehensive range of active safety systems (anti-collision, a lane change assistance system to get around blind spots, a lane departure warning system, a rear camera for reversing), as well as the "Comfort Pack" to ensure optimum on-board comfort (armrest and lumbar adjustment) plus the Keyless Entry & Keyless Go system, tinted rear windows and the exclusive Opening Edition badge.

The second version comes in exclusive tri-coat Amore Red, and boasts 4x4 drive system with a 140 HP 2.0 MultiJet II engine plus 9-speed automatic transmission. The top of the range equipment on this model is sure to attract attention. As well as a host of features as standard, the purchase price also includes a wealth of exclusive content, from the special tri-coat Amore Red paint, to the navigation pack (Uconnect Nav 6.5" with additional USB port on the front armrest compartment), plus two-tone red and black leather interiors, visibility pack with rain and dusk sensors, electrically folding door mirrors, an electrochromic rear view mirror, steering wheel gear controls and the exclusive Opening Edition badge.

In Italy, the price list starts at Euro 21,900 for the 140 HP 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II version with 4x2 drive and goes up to Euro 30,650 for the top-of-the-range 500X "Opening Edition" with 4x4 drive and 140 HP 2.0 MultiJet II engine teamed with the 9-speed automatic transmission, with exclusive content worth up to Euro 3,500 included in the purchase price.

For list prices for other markets (Germany, France, Spain and Switzerland) please check the local websites and access the dedicated international press area directly from the home page.

With this special "Opening Edition", Fiat is looking to give something back to the many fans who, following the exciting international debut at the Paris Motor Show, have expressed enormous interest in the new Fiat 500X, the 500 family’s compact crossover which marks the evolution of the brand and is a further expression of the technological maturity that runs in its blood.

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A beauty with character, the new car explores a brand-new dimension of being 500, where a mature, elegant, all-Italian style "clothes" - like haute couture - the substance of a car that is comfortable, high-performance and always in touch with the world: this is the X side of beauty, and this is the soul of the Fiat 500X, which 2000 lucky customers will be able to experience before anyone else in the world.

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