Italian automaker, Fiat has officially unveiled the Fiat 500X compact crossover at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The compact crossover is the new member of the 500 family that comprises of 500, 500C, 500L, 500L Trekking and 500L Living models, which looks different in styling but carries the same DNA of iconic Fiat 500.
It is a global product and will be manufactured at the company’s SATA facility in Melfi, Italy and will be launched in more than 100 countries. The vehicle will be offered in two versions- “Metropolitan” and “Leisure”. The vehicle gets the same retro-inspired styling of the 500 family. It gets a more prominent grille, while the bumper features chrome to offer rich feel. It also gets tinted windows, roof rails and boot mounted spoiler.
Based on thoroughly modified SCCS platform that also underpins the Fiat Punto and Vauxhall Corsa, the new 500X is 4.25 metre long while the rugged version if 2cm longer. It is 1.80 metre wide and 1.61 metre high. The crossover offers a decent boot space of 350-litres, which can accommodate 2-3 suitcases. The 500X crossover comes with a choice of 12 unique exterior shades and eight designs for the alloy wheels. Moreover, customers can choose wheels in three sizes- 16, 17 and 18-inch.
At the launch, the Fiat 500X will get 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II petrol engine producing 140bhp and is paired to a six-speed manual gearbox sending power to front wheels. The vehicle also gets front wheel drive, 120bhp, 1.6L MultiJet II and the 2.0-litre MultiJet II producing 140bhp with the new 9-speed automatic gearbox and 4-wheel drive.
The company will later launch the 110bhp, 1.6L E-torQ with 5-speed manual and front wheel drive layout. The other engines to join will be the 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II with a 9-speed automatic and a AWD producing 170bhp, and the 184bhp Tigershark 2.4L motor. The oil burner is the tried and trusted 1.3L MultiJet II producing 95bhp and the 2.0L MultiJet II that develops 140bhp, featuring 5-or 6-speed manual gearbox and AWD.