Launched in 1957, the Fiat 500 evolved from a tiny economy car into a full lineup of vehicles incorporating various body styles and engines. The change occurred starting 2007, when Fiat unveiled the new 500, a modern car that features a distinctive, retro look similar to the new Mini Cooper and the Volkswagen New Beetle. Since its revival, the Fiat 500 range expanded to include the 500C, the larger 500L, the all-electric 500E and the high-performance 500 Abarth. As we move into the 2015 model year, the Italians are introducing a new model that signals the company’s entrance into the compact crossover market, a segment previously unexplored by the Italians.

Developed alongside the 2015 Jeep Renegade, the 500X is the largest 500-based Fiat yet and features a more rugged design, a revised interior and all the engines you can have with the regular hatch, save for the electric motor. The crossover will join the Jeep Renegade when it arrives in North America, but it’s not very likely to become a more popular option than Jeep’s mini SUV.

Updated 10/07/2015: The new Fiat 500X was named a "2015 Top Safety Pick+" - the highest rating offered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The small crossover did "good" in all the five tests done by the institute.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat 500X.

  • 2016 Fiat 500X
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    160 @ 500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    184 @ 2500
  • Displacement:
    1.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    112 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    20000
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Exterior

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Simply put, the 500X draws its cues from the familiar 500, but features slightly oversized elements, and, unlike the 500L, a raked rear glass

Visually, the Fiat 500X is everything we expected to be. Compared to the concept vehicle showcased by the Italians in 2012, the production 500X is basically unchanged, with very few exterior bits and pieces being altered one way or another. Simply put, the 500X draws it cues from the familiar 500, but features slightly oversized elements, and, unlike the 500L, a raked rear glass. Both feats enable the 500X to be not just a perched 500, but a sporty crossover that marks Fiat’s entry in a new segment.

Although it replaces the Sedici in Europe, the 500X is more imposing at 167.3 inches long, 70.8 inches wide and 63 inches tall. It is also more muscular compared to its predecessor and boasts a ruggedness its smaller siblings cannot offer. The large headlamps that extend into the fenders and hood, the beefy bumper and the larger grille make out most of its front fascia. Around back, the X model no longer features the 500’s trademark horizontal taillights. The crossover comes with vertical units and a tailgate that becomes narrower towards the bumper.

From the side, the 500X ditches the familiar 500 appearance and becomes unique in its own right by means of plastic cladding covering the wheel arches and the side skirts and a raked rear glass. The higher ground clearance also helps set it further apart from the 500L, Fiat’s largest 500-based vehicle until the 500X.

Customers will be able to choose between 12 exterior colors and eight wheel designs ranging from 16 to 18 inches. Like any Fiat 500, the 500X also benefits from a long list of customization options.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,250 MM (167.32 Inches)
Width 1,800 MM (70.86 Inches)
Height 1,600 MM (62.99 Inches)

Interior

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The interior of the 500X is also new when compared to the regular 500s, although it shares much with both the 500L and the Jeep Renegade

The interior of the 500X is also new when compared to the regular 500s, although it shares much with both the 500L and its American sibling, the Jeep Renegade. The dashboard features either a 5- or 6.5-inch Uconnect infotainment system with both Bluetooth and USB connectivity, which are operated by steering wheel controls and voice command. The 5-inch Uconnect is equipped with TomTom 2.5D navigation, while the 6.5-inch unit includes satellite navigation with 3D maps with progressive route guidance and "One Shot Voice Destination Entry."

Fiat also offers a DAB sound system and a Beats Hi-Fi developed in cooperation with Beats by Dr. Dre. Like the rest of the 500 lineup, the 500X’s interior can be had in a range of two-tone schemes with contrasting colors for the seats, door panels and the dashboard.

Drivetrain

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The Fiat 500X will be sold with no fewer than seven engines in Europe. The lineup includes four gasoline units and three diesels

The Fiat 500X will be sold with no fewer than seven engines in Europe. The lineup includes four gasoline units and three diesels. The gas range begins with the 1.6-liter E-torQ rated at 110 horsepower and continues with the company’s familiar 1.4-liter MultiAir. The turbo mill comes in two guises, generating 140 and 170 horsepower, respectively. Lastly, the range-topping gasoline engine is the 2.4-liter Tigershark we’re already familiar with here in the United States. This engine cranks out 184 ponies and it’s likely one of the very few drivetrains the 500X will bring to North America.

Moving over to diesel power, the crossover benefits from three MultiJet engines. The base model gets a 95-horsepower 1.3-liter, the mid-range model comes with a 120-pony 1.6-liter, while the range-topping version is motivated by a 140-horsepower 2.0-liter.

The gasoline engines mate to either a five-speed manual, six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic on front-wheel-drive models, while the all-wheel-drive 500Xs, available only with the 170-horsepower 1.4-liter and the Tigershark, are equipped with a nine-speed automatic as standard.

The latter is also available on the 2.0-liter MultiJet, diesel model with all-wheel-drive, but only as an option. The standard model gets a six-speed manual.

Here in the U.S., the engine options are limited to just two. The standard powerplant is the 1.4-liter, turbocharged, MultiAir four-cylinder that puts out 160 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 184 pound-feet of twist. The optional unit is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 180 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 175 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm. The 1.4-liter unit mates to a six-speed manual transmission, while the Tigershark uses the nine-speed automatic.

Drivetrain Specifications - European version

Type 1.6-litre “E-torQ” 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II petrol 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II 2.4-litre Tigershark 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel 1.6-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel
Output 110 HP 140 HP 170 HP 184 HP 95 HP 120 HP 140 HP
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Drivetrain Specifications - U.S. version

Type and Description In-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged In-line four-cylinder, 16-valve MultiAir with multiport fuel injection
Displacement 83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cc) 144 cu. in. (2,360 cc)
Bore x Stroke 2.83 x 3.31 (72.0 x 84.0) 3.46 X 3.82 (88 X 97)
Valve System Belt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers SOHC, four valves per cylinder
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Cast-iron block with aluminum-alloy head and aluminum-alloy bedplate Aluminum block, aluminum cylinder head
Compression Ratio 9.8:1 10:1
Power (SAE) 160 HP @ 5,500 RPM 180 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque (SAE) 184 LB-FT @ 2,500-4,000 RPM 175 LB-FT @ 3,900 RPM
Max. Engine Speed 6,500 rpm (electronically limited) 6,400 rpm

Safety

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The 500X comes with an array of safety and security features, including seven airbags as standard equipment and Forward Collision Warning Plus as an option. the latter combines camera and radar technologies that emit audible and visual warnings when a frontal collision is imminent. If the driver does not respond, brake application occurs autonomously to slow the vehicle before impact. Additional tech includes backing and parking cameras, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Path Detection. However, most of these features are standard only on the more expensive trims.

For 2016, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) name the Fiat 500X a Top Safety Pick+. The crossover recorded the highest possible score of "Good" in each of the institute’s tests, including a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck, a moderate-offset frontal impact, a small-offset frontal impact, a roof-crush with a rollover, and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash.

Prices

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Pricing for the 500X starts from $20,000 in the U.S. For that amount, you get the entry-level Pop trim using the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine. Standard features include a 3.5-inch digital cluster display, heated side-view mirrors, a body-colored instrument panel, and a choice of five exterior colors.

Next in line is the Easy trim, priced from $22,300. It comes with the 2.4-liter Tigershark under the hood and all the features in the Pop model plus a Uconnect system with a five-inch touchscreen, 17-inch aluminum wheels, deep-tinted windows, and an additional seven exterior colors to pick from.

The third model is called Trekking and fetches $23,100 before options. Extra features over the Easy trim include Satin Chrome exterior accents, cornering fog lamps, automatic headlamps, and a Stone finish instrument panel. With the Lounge version, priced from $24,850, you’ll get a 6.5-inch touchscreen, ambient lighting, GPS navigation, ParkWiew camera, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Finally, the Trekking Plus adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, a leather-trimmed interior, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, and ParkSense for $27,100.

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Model Price
Pop $20,000
Easy $22,300
Trekking $23,100
Lounge $24,850
Trekking Plus $27,100

Competition

Jeep Renegade

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The Fiat 500X will compete against the Jeep Renegade in both the European and North American markets. Although it shares the same platform with the 500X, the Renegade features an exterior design of its own. having a more rugged appearance, in line with Jeep’s current design language. The two vehicles share many interior bits as well, but the Renegade benefits from several features that make it different that its Italian counterpart.

Sharing continues in the engine department, as the Euro-spec Renegade is available with most of the 500X’s mills. On U.S. shores, the Jeep is powered by a 1.4-liter inline-four rated at 160 ponies and 184 pound-feet of torque and the familiar 2.4-liter Tigershark that generates 184 ponies and 117 pound-feet of torque. The latter mates to a nine-speed automatic and options four-wheel-drive.

Mini Countryman

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The Fiat 500 vs. Mini Cooper wars will continue in this segment too. This time around, the 500X will go against the Countryman, Mini’s only crossover-like vehicle. Although it lacks the mild off-road capabilities of the 500X or the Renegade, the Countryman offers more when it comes to stylish features and customization options. Revised for the 2015 model year, the new Countryman gets a handful of exterior changes and a refreshed interior.

The Countryman is available in four guises in the U.S., all powered by four-cylinder engines. The base model is motivated by 121 ponies, while the S and the S All4 comes with 181 horsepower on tap. Lastly, the John Cooper Works version benefits from 208 horses that are sent to all four corners. Pricing starts from $22,750 and go well into the $30,000 range for the JCW model.

Conclusion

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Fiat is finally joining the crossover fun and it seems the 500X is the right vehicle to take the Italian company on new heights. It remains to be seen whether the 500X will enjoy success in the U.S., where the Jeep Renegade is likely the more popular option, but the crossover has a lot of potential in Europe, where smaller gasoline engines and diesels are favored.

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    • * Could use a more powerful engine
    • * The Renegade sounds like the more attractive option

Update History

Updated 02/02/2015: Fiat announced that the all new 500X will arrive in the U.S. market in the second quarter of 2015. Prices will range from $20,000 for the Pop version and up to $27,100 for the Trekking Plus version.

Updated 11/20/2014: The new Fiat 500X made its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check past the jump to find out details on the U.S. specifications.

Spy Shots

August 5, 2014 - Fiat 500X reveals its interior

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Press Release

Introducing the new FIAT 500X, the latest addition to the FIAT 500 family! Making its world début at the Paris Motor Show, the new FIAT 500X is a crossover not only in terms of vehicle segments, but also in terms of its potential customers. With two versions on offer, there is a 500X to suit every need and taste: one is designed to appeal to those with a fun-loving, spirited, metropolitan outlook while another, more rugged version has been designed with stylish, active adventures in mind. A choice of 12 different body colours and eight different designs for the 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, will help every owner personalise the look of their FIAT 500X.

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In keeping with its philosophy of appealing to every spectrum of customer, the FIAT 500X is available with a broad range of engines and transmissions, including a new nine-speed automatic transmission – a first for a FIAT vehicle! This new, electronically-controlled, nine-speed automatic transmission features "shift-on-the-fly" mapping with the possibility of switching to manual-sequential mode, while the four-wheel drive system it drives adopts a fuel-saving rear axle disconnection system that seamlessly switches between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management without requiring input from the driver. The result is a highly efficient drivetrain that offers excellent pick-up and smooth delivery of power, with sure-footed and dependable handling in all conditions.

Equipped with a MacPherson rear suspension, the FIAT 500X has been engineered to strike the optimal balance of handling and comfort that the segment demands, while the latest active safety systems are available to assist the driver, including front headlights with DRLs; front fog lights with adaptive cornering; sophisticated ESC (Electronic Stability Control); Lane Assist (lane departure warning system) and Blind Spot Assist (lane change assistance system). A ParkView reversing camera is also available in the new 500X, as is the "Brake Control" assisted braking system.

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Even the driving experience can be personalised and adapted, depending on how the new FIAT 500X is being driven and the prevailing driving conditions. The "Drive Mood Selector" has three different modes for engine, brakes, steering and gearbox/transmission settings: “Auto” offers the best compromise in terms of comfort, consumption and CO2 emissions while “Sport” reconfigures the FIAT 500X for better performance and more spirited handling. “All Weather” adjusts the vehicle settings for maximum safety even in low grip conditions.

On the more rugged version of the FIAT 500X, “All Weather” mode is replaced by the “Traction” function, which speeds up the transmission of torque to the rear axle on four-wheel drive versions or activates the “Traction Plus” control system on front wheel drive versions, the latter offering an ideal solution to drivers who only encounter extreme low-traction situations occasionally, thereby avoiding the additional costs and slight emissions increase associated with a conventional four-wheel drive system. The FIAT 500X also offers eco:Drive™, which can help reduce emissions and fuel costs by up to 16 percent, in addition to the my:Car™ service (UK availability TBC) which helps with maintenance and dealing with emergencies using an interactive user manual.

The engine range of the new FIAT 500X in EMEA countries comprises four petrol engines and three diesels: Front-wheel drive, petrol-powered models are either equipped with a 110hp, 1.6-litre “E-torQ” engine with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 140hp, 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II petrol engine with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed twin-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive petrol models, which are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, are powered either by a 170hp, 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II engine or the 184hp, 2.4-litre Tigershark engine.

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The front-wheel drive diesel range consists of the 95hp, 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox and the 120hp1.6-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel drive diesel option is the 140hp, 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, which will be available with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. All engine and transmission versions will be offered in the UK, with the exception of the 2.4-litre Tigershark unit.

Designed in the Centro Stile FIAT, the new 500X is compact on the outside – measuring 4.25 metres in length (the more adventurous FIAT 500X is 2cm longer), 1.80 metres in width and 1.60 metres in height (1.61 with roof bars, 1.62 with 4WD) – while spacious and inviting on the inside, with extensive use of high-grade materials, top-quality finishes and practical storage compartments – including a spacious 350 litre luggage compartment. The seats adjust to offer a high degree of flexibility and seven different interior fabric, leather and colour configurations are available, depending on the model and exterior colour.

The FIAT 500X also stands out compared to its competitors thanks to its sophisticated 5.0- or 6.5-inch Uconnect™ colour touchscreen infotainment systems. Both systems feature Bluetooth, aux-in and USB connectivity and can be operated via steering wheel remote controls and voice commands. The five-inch Uconnect™ unit is available with TomTom 2.5D navigation while the 6.5-inch system features satellite navigation with 3D maps, progressive route guidance and ‘One Shot Voice Destination Entry’ to enter addresses with voice commands. DAB and a Beats Hi-Fi system, developed in collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre, are also available.

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A new Uconnect™ Live system (UK availability TBC) also allows customers – through integration with their smartphones – to use many apps on the on-board system so that they can always be in contact with their friends on Facebook and Twitter; listen to millions of music tracks on Deezer and more than 100,000 radio stations with TuneIn; get real-time news updates from Reuters and get the latest traffic, safety camera and weather information from the TomTom Live service.

Built in the updated SATA plant in Melfi, Italy and sold in more than 100 countries worldwide including the United States, the new FIAT 500X will go on sale in the UK in the second quarter of 2015. Final specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the launch of the FIAT 500X in the UK.

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