Fiat offers sneak preview of new 500X crossover

Article by Anita Panait, on July 5, 2012

The public was recently treated to a sneak preview of a crossover variant of the Fiat 500 minicar, the 500X, which will start selling in Europe in early 2014 and shortly after in North America. The preview of the full-size styling model of the 500X was nonetheless conducted by the global head of the Fiat brand, Olivier Francois, during the media launch of the 500L small minivan in Turin on July 4, 2012.

The Fiat 500X is expected to replace the Sedici and will bear a sports utility vehicle and hatchback styling. It will be the fifth variant in the 500 range, which already includes the 500 three-door hatchback, Abarth performance version, 500C convertible and the 500L small minivan.

The 500X will be underpinned by a widened version of Fiat's small vehicle architecture, on which the Punto subcompact is built. The Fiat 500x will be the longest variant in the range, measuring 4,200mm in length. Fiat will start building the 500X in 2013 at its to-be-expanded Turin plant in Italy.

Fiat is planning a EUR1 billion expansion of the site to enable it to produce 280,000 small crossovers yearly. Fiat may build the 500X alongside a new Jeep small SUV, having a code name of B-SUV.

It is set to go into production in the second quarter of 2014. The B-SUV, which is smaller than the Jeep Compass and Patriot, will be marketed in the U.S., Europe and other regions. Should Fiat confirm the plans, the 500X will become the first variant of the 500 range to be built in Italy.

Other variants like the 500 three-door is built in Poland for Europe, and by Chrysler in Mexico for the US and China. Fiat is planning to offer the 500X in two versions -- front and all-wheel-drive variants. The B-SUV, meanwhile, will also be offered in a trail-rated version, which is crucial for the US market. Fiat is expected to terminate a deal with Suzuki for Sedici production alongside the Suzuki SX4 at the latter’s factory in Hungary following the launch of the 500L.

One quick look at the new Fiat 500X and there is no doubt that this newest model to come out of the Italian automaker continues to honor the style of the 500 but puts a new spin to it. While it does have a more masculine appearance, it does not show off too much of it. By utilizing fluid lines, the Fiat 500X continues to have that dynamism and grace even if the wheelbase is now larger and with the dimensions increased as well.

With a design that is undoubtedly “Made in Fiat,” everything you need is there, the rationality, flexibility, and of course, the quality. With the 500X, all of these qualities are stacked in a vehicle with compact dimensions. Not only that, there is enough space available on the interior with customers given the chance to select from a wide range of fabrics and materials. It is also fitted with the most cutting-edge technology as it relates to the wellbeing of the occupants, their comfort, and ultimately, their safety.

The 500X is truly a fun and casual vehicle that you can take with you anytime. This is an original concept that allows freedom of movement to be maximized and as a result of the various personalization options, is able to mirror the driver’s own characteristics. Designed by no less than Centro Stile Fiat, the addition of the 500X increases the line-up of the 500 which already has various models namely the 500, 500C, 500L ,500 Living, and 500 Trekking. While the 500 range does consist of vehicles that are truly diverse, all of them share the same inspiration which is the iconic

Fiat 500 that was released in 1957. For some, this new model may come as a surprise as it manages to get the iconic style of the 500 and combines it with the present-day crossover concept. With added off-road capacity, the 500X is indeed perfect for going outside. The best way to describe the 500X is that it shows beauty while displaying character. This is because it looks into what the 500 can still offer. The 500X has the high-performance and comfort everyone will love aside from its ability to connect to the world. For Fiat, this is the soul of the 500X, the X side of its beauty.

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