On Monday, we revealed you the fact that Fiat will introduce a new crossover and a roadster in 2015. Of course, many of you folks already knew that the crossover was the 500X but there were no details regarding the debut date. Until today, when Fiat officially confirmed that it will unveil the 500X next month, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Based on the brand new 2015 Jeep Renegade, the Fiat 500X will not be a surprise when it comes to design as it will look a lot like the standard 500 and will feature several elements in order to feature a rugged body.
In addition, a new suspension system will be available too, as the 500X needs to be capable to be driven on uneven roads. Under the hood, we expect to find the same engines used by the Jeep Renegade, such as the 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four with 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, bolted to a six-speed manual transmission.
Moreover, the crossover will get the 2.4-liter inline-four that produces 184 hp and 177 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. We expect the vehicle to be offered as standard with front-wheel-drive while the full-time all-wheel-drive system will be available as an option.
With a design penned by the Centro Stile Fiat, the new Fiat 500X embodies a reinterpreted version of the 500, blending iconic style, the modern crossover concept as well as respectable off-road capability.
Loudly expressing "Made in Fiat" design, the new 500X packs ample cabin space, premium materials and fabrics as well as attributes like flexibility, rationality and quality into a compact package, as complemented by innovative features that delivers higher levels of safety, comfort and on-board wellbeing. Fiat developed the new Fiat 500X as a casual, fun vehicle that could be driven every day while offering a great degree of freedom of movement. The new 500X also reflects the personality of its driver, as made possible by an array of available customization options.
The robust, solid look of the new Fiat 500X is complemented by harmonious lines emerging in dimensions suitable for potential customers seeking a car that offer the space, comfort and equipment that could be found in a compact saloon.
New 500X is also suitable for customers who want a car small enough to challenge daily urban traffic, as made possible by its compact dimensions that measures 4.25 meters in length (plus 2 cm for the leisure version), 1.8 meters in width, and 1.60 meters in height (1.61 meters for the version with roof bars, and 1.62 meters for the four-wheel drive variant).