Fiat has just announced that those who want to order their brand new 500X Opening Edition can contact their dealer as order books are opened. Only 500 units will be available in the UK: 325 examples of the 4X2 City Look version and 175 examples of the rugged AWD Off Road Look version.
The 4X2 version is based on the Pop Star trim level and comes as standard with 17-inch wheels, body-coloured bumpers, front fog lights with cornering illumination, cruise control, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a 5-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth and Drive Mood selector.
Besides these standard features, the Opening Edition adds a special “Art Grey” pastel paint, 18-inch wheels, a Safety Pack that includes Lane Assist, Blind Spot Assist, ParkView reversing camera and Brake Control collision mitigation system. In addition, the Opening Edition comes with tinted rear windows, an “Opening Edition” badge and the Comfort Pack, which adds Keyless Entry, Keyless Go, front armrest and electric lumbar adjustment for the front seats.
The 2015 Fiat 500X 4X2 Opening Edition starts at 17,595 GBP in the UK, which is the same price as the equivalent Pop Star but with a substantial 1,725 GBP worth of extra equipment at no extra cost. Powering this version is a 1.4-liter MultiAir II petrol engine with 140 hp. The all-wheel drive version uses a 2.0-liter MultiJet II engine with 140 hp and bolted to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Just like the 4X2 version, this model includes a lot of extra equipment such as a black leather interior with red inserts, steering wheel with paddle shifters, “Opening Edition” badge and the Visibility Pack, which includes rain and light sensors, power folding door mirrors and an electro-chromatic rear view mirror.
Furthermore, the AWD version gets HID headlamps, adjustable cargo floor, front floor mats, 18-inch wheels, a 3.5-inch TFT colour display and a 6.5-inch Uconnect infotainment system. The 2015 Fiat 500X Cross Plus Opening Edition costs 25,845 GBP.
Even with just one look, it is easy to tell that the new Fiat 500X traces its stylistic roots to the 500, as reinterpreted to offer greater masculinity without being too muscular in form. While the new 500X boasts of greater dimensions and a generous wheelbase, it is laden with fluid lines that lend the new crossover with elegant grace and dynamism.
The new Fiat 500X features an exterior marked by a number of distinctive elements from the 500 of the 1950s and the present 500 family. These elements include the combination of the upper circular headlights with a more "frowning" look, the lower "main beam" lights as well as the "moustache and logo" design.
500X also features a wraparound bonnet with side folds, a chrome moustache and the classic trapezoid muzzle. Underneath these elements is the black lower grille that gives the 500X its "friendly" appearance while endowing the crossover with robustness and strong character.
Although the 500X boasts a solid, robust appearance, it is visually balanced by its harmonious lines and modest dimensions. As measured, the 500X comes with a length of 4.25 meters long (plus 2 cm for the leisure version), a width of 1.8 m and a height of 1.60 m (1.61 m with roof bars and 1.62 m for the four-wheel drive version).
When viewed from the side, the 500X reveals a slightly slanted waistline that helps underscore its robustness and its dynamic design. The flanks of the new Fiat 500X reinterpret in a contemporary manner the historic 500 appearance, as laden with cleaner, more modern surfaces only interrupted by the wheel arches and the door sections. The new 500X also boasts of oversize wheels and a high ground clearance of 162 mm for the FWD versions and 179 mm for the AWD models.