Fiat facelifts its 500X crossover for 2019 with visual updates and new engine family

Article by Christian A., on August 31, 2018

Italian carmaker Fiat is introducing the facelifted iteration of its compact crossover – the 2019 Fiat 500X. The latest iteration of the 500X comes with some changes on the exterior, including the fitment of new LED light clusters. It also boasts of a restyled interior, new engines and a number of new technologies onboard.

For the 2019 model, the new 500X Urban comes with all-new front and rear bumper design that helps reassert its urban personality. The Cross and City Cross versions, on the other hand, feature new-look protective skid plates, conveying their capability to tackle out-of-town trips.

Also bringing new drama to the design of the new 500X are its new LED light cluster. The new daylight running lights as well as LED rear light clusters are now fitted as standard, delivering a more modern look in line with the most recent styling cues of the 500 family.

The new Fiat 500X can also be availed with new Full LED headlights, as made possible through a partnership with Magneti Marelli. Full LED headlights are around 20 percent brighter than the Xenon units offered on the previous 500X. While providing daylight-like illumination and covering a wider vision area, Full LED headlights use just 20 percent of energy consumed by traditional halogen lights.

Furthermore, the new 500X comes with a new high-tech LED signature around the module for a more distinctive visual identity. The rear light clusters employ LED units to make it more visible at night.

Inside, the new 2019 Fiat 500X features a completely restyled cockpit boasting of a new instrument cluster with easier-to-read graphics. The new 500X also features a new contoured steering wheel, premium Techno-leather upholstery and radio controls.

Underneath, the 500X is powered by any of units from the new family of Firefly turbo engines. These engines were designed to deliver the needed driving performance, while being 20 percent more fuel efficient than previous petrol mills and 20 percent quieter than other turbo diesel engines. The new Firefly turbo engines come as a result of 75,000 hours of virtual tests, 60,000 hours of real-life off-vehicle tests and 5 million kilometers of road travel around the world. All of these engines are fitted with Gasoline Particle Filter (GPF) and are Euro 6/D-TEMP compliant.

One of these new turbo petrol engines is a three-cylinder 1-liter unit that sends up to 120 hp of output and up to 190 Nm of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Another unit is a four-cylinder 1.3-liter engine that provides 150 hp of max output and 270 Nm of peak torque to the front wheels via a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission (DCT). Since both engines are made from aluminum alloy, they are lightweight with the three-cylinder unit tipping the scales at weighs just 93 kg. These new turbo petrol engines features the third generation of the exclusive MultiAir technology (MultiAir III).

Customers may also choose the 1.6-liter naturally aspirated E-Torq engine that delivers 110 hp to the front wheels through a manual transmission.

For those who prefer diesel mills, three MultiJet II Turbo Diesel engines with Stop&Start are available, all of which are Euro 6/D-TEMP compliant. One of these is the 1.3-liter MultiJet II engine that delivers 95 hp of max output and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1,500 rpm through a manual transmission. It is joined by the 1.6-liter MultiJet II turbo diesel that offers up to 120 hp of output and 320 Nm of torque at just 1.750 rpm, and can be paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an automatic dual clutch transmission (DCT). Both the 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter MultiJet II Turbo Diesel engines send power to the front wheel.

On the other hand, the 2.0-liter MultiJet II Turbo Diesel engine provides power – rated at 150 hp of max output and 350 Nm of peak torque at 1,500 rpm -- to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.

All versions of the 2019 Fiat 500X are laden with two new standard systems -- Traffic Sign Recognition and Speed Advisor – joining the already standard Lane Assist automatic lane departure warning system. Optional systems include Autonomous Emergency Brake, Blind Spot Alert and Safety Distance Manager (ACC).

Source: Fiat

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