Fiat 500X Reveal
It happened! At the Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile 2014) on October 3rd, Fiat held a twenty minute press conference for the Fiat 500X Reveal. We now have plenty of images and details about this truly exciting new member of the Fiat 500 lineup. It’s a crossover through and through, and it has all the Fiat 500 style you love while merging some of what Fiat’s gained from its relationship with Jeep — That is, advanced capability never before seen in a Fiat.
As far as power and drivetrain, specs for the European market were laid out during the conference and there’s probably a lot we can reasonably infer from them about what we’ll be seeing stateside (not on the diesel end, of course… yet). The Euro model is set to have a 140 horsepower MultiAir I-4 for the base engine, with six speed manual or automatic transmission. What’s particularly exciting, and what seems like a very likely possibility to also be offered in the U.S., is the 170-horsepower engine with 9-speed transmission and available 4×4. If you’ve been following the impending release of the Jeep Renegade, this will sound familiar to you.
A Fiat 500 model with advanced capability? It seems like something that’s been a long time coming, and something we think will bring in a whole new driver to the Fiat line. If you’ve been a long-time admirer of the Fiat style but have felt yourself needing more in the way of space and capability, it’s looking like the 500X is going to be just what you’ve been waiting for… and well worth it.
As for advanced features that will be available in the 500X, you should expect to have your expectations exceeded again. Mentioned during the press conference were active safety features like lane assist, blind spot assist, brake control, and adaptive cruise control. Other convenience and entertainment features that were thrown out there included a 6.5″ UConnect infotainment system, keyless entry, and Beats Audio.
Of course, it wouldn’t be in the Fiat 500 family if it didn’t come in a range of expressive colors, and the 500X will be available in twelve. From classic brights like red and yellow to matte bronze and a vintage-looking cream color, you’ll love the options on this new crossover from Fiat.
Stay tuned to our blog for more updates and news about the Fiat 500X’s impending arrival, and we’ll make sure to let you know when it’s time for you to come in for your test drive here in Kenosha!
Want to watch the full press conference? Here it is: