As you may know already, Fiat previewed the 500X crossover last week, but today we found out that the vehicle will arrive to the U.S. dealerships sometimes in 2014. Although the vehicle carries the name of the popular small hatchback, the 500X will actually use the same platform used on the bigger Punto subcompact.
Moreover, the vehicle will have a total length of 165 inches, which means that it will be the longest model in the 500 family, even longer than the 2013 Fiat 500L.
For those who don’t know, the “standard” Fiat 500 has a total length of 140 inches. According to Autonews, the new Fiat 500X will be assembled in Turin alongside a new Jeep small crossover code-named B-SUV.
The new Jeep model is set to enter production in the second quarter of 2014, according to some insiders. The new Jeep model will be sold in the United States, but also in Europe, as well as in other markets. This new crossover will be smaller than the Jeep Compass and Patriot.
The new Fiat 500X is stepping up its game up with a more mature look, exuding elegance with its posh all-Italian styled “clothes” – verging to haute couture – while retaining its comfortable and high-performing nature, keeping in touch with the world. This so-called “beauty with a character” is the soul of the Fiat 500X.
The Centro Stile Fiat oversees the design for the 500’s extended family which includes the 500, 500C 500L, 500L Trekking and the 500L Living models, each of which has its distinct character and functionality yet all come from the same ancestor that was the iconic 1957 Fiat 500. The 500X comes as a modern twist of the iconic 500, a combination of the classic 500 styling and the crossover concept with additional off-road capability, perfect for the outdoors and various terrains.
In terms of design, the 500X is unmistakably “Made in Fiat” with its flexibility, rationality and quality. All these characteristics are found primarily on its compact dimensions, on its spacious interior, with the use of a choice of materials and fabrics, and also in terms of modern technology for safety, comfort and “on-board wellbeing”. The 500X is basically a fun and casual “every day outfit” of sorts, allowing maximum freedom of movement, and various customization options to fit every personality.
At first glance, the 500 looks more masculine without the need to flaunt excessive muscularity. However, the 500X, with its fluid lines, give a more graceful and dynamic approach despite its increased dimension and wider wheelbase.
Overall, the exterior styling of the new Fiat 500X crossover is a combination of the distinct elements of the iconic 50’s Fiat 500 and the new generation 500’s.