2016 - 2018 Fiat 500X
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. In 2015, the Italians introduced a new model that marked 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 joined the Jeep Renegade when it arrived in North America, where it’s sold alongside other versions of the 500 nameplate.
Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat 500X.
Fiat has launched an all-new sports package in the European for the tiny 500 hatchback. The new 500S fills the gap between the standard 500 and the Abarth version, and will be distinguished by new alloy wheels, front and rear bumpers, side skirts, dark chrome trim, tinted glass and a rear spoiler.
For the interior, Fiat added sportier bucket seats, shift knob and steering wheel — all of them featuring cool red stitching. Of course, lots of 500S logos will remind customers this is indeed an updated Fiat 500.
The new version can be combined with all 500 versions, except the Abarth. This means customers will have the possibility to choose between five different engines: 1.2-liter with 69 horsepower, 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo with 85 horsepower, 1.4-liter with 100 horsepower, 1.2-liter EasyPower with 69 horsepower and 1.3-liter Multijet 16v with 95 horsepower.
On the European market, the new Fiat 500S is priced from €13.750 to €16,050 ($18.200 to $21,229 at the current exchange rates.
Fiat is offering its European customers a new Punto special edition. It is called "MyLife" and adds distinctive style combined with the most advanced technology. It will be offered in both three- and five-door versions.
The new Punto MyLife exterior is distinguished by the stylish glossy “pianoblack” inserts for the bumpers and posts, the body-colored rear view mirror handles and fairings, and the dark front and rear headlight surrounds. Some distinctive “sports” elements on the dashboard in black soft touch perforated fabric also make the interior exclusive.
The list of technologies includes: radio with MP3-CD player and new Blue&Me–TomTom multimedia system with navigator, ABS + EBD, ESP system with Hill Holder to provide assistance during hill starts and rear headrests.
The engine line-up includes: two petrol engines (69 HP 1.2 8v and 77 HP 1.4 8v, the latter also with Dualogic gearbox) and a turbodiesel (75 HP 1.3 16v MultiJet). All come with start-stop system.
Press release after the jump.
Today, Aznom unveiled a tuning package based on the 500C and it goes by the name of Sassicaia. The name is taken from the Tuscan wines of Tenuta San Guido. This customization program will be built upon request and is priced at 7900 euros.
The Sassicaia features a two-tone exterior finish and a beige mat fabric hood. It uses wood for the door mirror caps, the handle of the luggage compartment, and the side moldings.
The interior gets leather in the same two-tone finish as the exterior and is visible on the door panels, steering wheel, console, and seats. The dashboard gets wood insertions with the Sassicaia logo.
We know what you’re thinking: Why can’t we have that kind of promotional advertising here in the US?
We’ll be real; we probably won’t see that kind of public demonstration in Times Square anytime soon. But in places like Amsterdam, this kind of marketing campaign is pretty prevalent, and if we do say so ourselves, pretty awesome.
In promoting the new Fiat 500 Cabrio, the Italian manufacturer decided to do a guerilla-style marketing initiative by rolling out two of their 500 Cabrios in front of a square accompanied by a number of bikini-clad women – in less than ideal temperatures, no less - dancing to the beats of a nearby performance group. Naturally, the whole spectacle drew the attention of smiling and laughing crowd, most of whom we’re men who completely enjoyed the whole brouhaha.
While it may be a long time before we see something like this in the US, thanks to the global reach of the Internet, we can still enjoy the show from thousands of miles away – even if it means that we’re doing it from the confines of our computers.
As you might have expected, Abarth, the tuning arm of FIAT has announced plans to build a factory tuned version of the freshly launched Fiat 500C. Even if the 500 city car will be less expensive, it will compete head to head with compact sports cars like the John Cooper Works Mini.
The Abarth 500C will be with a choice of two engines. The first is a 1.4 Liter Turbo-Jet making 133 HP, 15 HP more than the Mini, as well as an Esseesse model cranking out with 157 HP. Either way it is more than enough grunt to give the 500C some much needed get up and go.
Like for the coupe version, Abarth version will wear a bodykit that consists of redesigned front and rear bumper, restyled hood, lower hanging side skirts, a roof spoiler and rear diffuser. The side mirrors are dressed up with red painted covers and a pair of polished exhaust pipes sticks out from underneath the new diffuser. The factory tuned Abarth 500C will also be offered with a set of larger 16 inch rims or the optional 17 in alloys. The way that the small car market is looking, it may not be too long before we can buy one of these striped little hot hatches from Abarth.
Fiat revealed details today on the new Fiorino-based Qubo MPV. Although Fiat does not currently sell to the U.S., it is rumored the company will possibly be making a comeback. So it is good to know what Fiat will offer in a fuel-efficient multi-purpose vehicle.
Fiat is known for using versatile designs for the inside of its MPVs. The Qubo’s larger brother, the Multipla, seats six by having three full seats in the front and rear. Fiat claims the Qubo is as resourceful by offering sixteen different interior variations.
Power for the five-seater comes from a choice of gasor diesel engines like the 1.3-liter 75 bhp Multijet or 1.4-liter 73 bhp petrol engine and can be hooked up to a 5-speed manual or a robotized 6-speed automatic transmission.
Sales have already begun in France and will have spread to the rest of Europe by the beginning of next year. Price of the Euro-only car starts at about €13,000.
Although not as exciting as some other Italian offerings, here is some footage of the Qubo taking to some beautiful roads in the Italian countryside.
Press release after the jump.
It’s small, it’s cheap, and now it may carry a Fiat badge. The Italian auto conglomerate may sell Tata’s ultra-low price Nano outside of the car’s home market in India.
The partnership would likely be forged because Fiat’s strong international distribution, and Tata’s desire to keep the Nano’s price low through more sales. Both parties have shown interest in the idea, but it’s not a done deal yet. Fiat Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said the company was in talks with Tata about making buses and trucks. "We’ll see if there are the conditions for us to go forward." In India, Fiat already has a joint venture with Tata to make and distribute cars, engines and commercial vehicles.
If Fiat were to get a version of the Nano, it would likely have to add more safety features to meet the requirements of most Fiat’s established markets (not the U.S.). This could mean added weight and cost to the $2,500 Nano, but it will take a lot to get this microcar out of people’s price range.
The Fiat 500 is now Ferrari’s courtesy car. Ferrari’s corporate cousin produced 200 all-red special versions of the little retro car to be used throughout Europe. Although the performance will likely be a step down from whatever the driver had before, the courtesy cars come with Fiat’s largest engine for the 500 (1.4 liters, 100 horsepower), and they also “offer specific tuning and exhaust in perfect harmony with the sporty spirit of the ‘prancing horse’.”
Fiat is also touting items on the car such as the red brake calipers, sporty pedal set, special black steering wheel with red stitching and 16” alloy wheels. But honestly, no matter how special this 500 may be, if you pick up a date in your economy-based courtesy car, do you really think she’s going to believe you when you tell her that your Ferrari is in the shop?
Poland is emerging as one of the world’s leading places from where green and fuel efficient engines are born. Toyota’s 1-liter engine which is presently performing duties on the Aygo small car, won the International engine of the year award a while back. That engine was also developed in Poland giving us strong hints that Poland should be one of the best countries for developing and manufacturing small engines.
Italian manufacturer Fiat has put its hand up and decided to manufacture a low emission 900cc gasoline engine in Poland. Unlike any of the engines present in European cars today, this one would be the smallest of the lot with only 2 cylinders. The new engine will give life to Fiat’s new microcar, the Topolino, when launched late next year for European markets.
Sufficient engine options will be on offer for the Topolino, ranging from a 65hp normally aspirated version to a turbcharged 110hp version equipped with Fiat’s Multiair adjustable valve timing (110hp from a 900 c.c engine?!) which promises to be powerful yet frugal. I guess there are more reasons for Mercedes and Toyota to worry about as the Topolino is likely to be another massive hit.
One can expect to see this engine in cars like the 500, Grande Punto and Panda a few years from now on, especially with the emission norms getting tougher, the idea of a 2-cylinder and sub-100 gram per kilometer of CO2 emission engine is definitely a bright one.