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.
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.