Fiat 500X not expected to steal sales from Jeep Renegade, analyst says

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 26, 2014

Next week at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Fiat will introduce the 500X crossover, a new vehicle inspired by the popular 500 city car but with an increased ground clearance that can take you also on uneven roads. For those who don’t know, the 500X is based on the Jeep Renegade, which was unveiled earlier this year at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Some of you folks, including us, believe that the new Italian vehicle will actually cannibalize sales of the Jeep Renegade but analysts think the opposite, as the two vehicles appeal to different types of customers.

The Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X can coexist, according to Giorgio Elefante, a PwC consultant. Ian Fletcher, an IHS Automotive analyst believes that the 500X is a cute urban vehicle with off-road capabilities while the Renegade is seen as a rugged off-roader.

The strength of the 500X will be the design, while the Renegade is more functional. Jeep will offer the 2015 Renegade with a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that produces 160 hp and 170 pounds-feet of torque, bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox.

A more potent 2.4-liter inline-four generates 184 hp and 177 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Fiat 500X will get the same engines but more details will be revealed next week.

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