Fiat’s 500X makes a play for those who, while drawn to the 500 supermini, need more space – and fancy a bit of attitude to go with it. The latest addition to the 500 range joins the swelling ranks of urban crossovers, those city slickers who don’t mind getting down and dirty. Though not too far down, if you please. In fact, to cater for those who might pull a face at the thought of getting mud on their Jordans, the 500X is available with a less aggressive look, though retaining its crossover capabilities.
Built in the updated SATA plant in Melfi (Potenza) and sold on more than 100 countries worldwide, the new Fiat 500X will be available in three different versions – 500X Pop Star, 500X Cross and 500X Cross Plus – equipped with two efficient petrol engines – 1.4l MultiAir or 1.6l E-TorQ, three types of transmission – 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or twin-clutch 6-speed automatic – and with front-wheel drive and the unique Traction Plus configurations.
Characterised by distinctive, elegant style details, the 500X is sure to win over young, dynamic and metropolitan customers. On the other hand, a decidedly more off-road look and equipment make the 500X Cross the ideal solution for lovers of leisure and outdoor activities who don’t want to give up the unique style of the Fiat 500.
The solid, robust appearance of the car finds its perfect stylistic counterpart in the harmonious line, which emerges in dimensions ideal for customers looking for comfort space and the equipment typical of compact saloons. At the same time, the 500X also gives a nod to those who need to tackle urban traffic every day, thanks to its modest dimensions: it’s 4.25 m long (200 mm more for the Fiat 500X Cross version), 1.8 m wide and 1.61 m in height.
The new Fiat 500X offers various combinations of engines and transmissions to meet all usage requirements, always with respect for nature and maximum efficiency in terms of performance, consumption and emissions.
The following petrol engines will become available: 81 kW 1.6 “E-torQ” (5-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive), 103 kW 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II (front-wheel drive and 6-speed manual gearbox or twin-clutch 6-speed automatic).
The new 500X offers the “Drive Mood Selector”, which acts on engine, brakes, steering and transmission, permitting three different car behaviors, based on the driving style most appropriate to the situation or road surface conditions: Auto (for the best in terms of comfort, consumption and CO2 emissions), Sport (for a drive that favors performance), “All Weather” (maximizes traction on low friction surfaces such as wet roads) – available on Pop Star and “Traction” (improves grip on rough and slippery terrain) – available on Cross and Cross Plus.
As standard on the entire range is some important content, such as six airbags (front, window bags and side bags), front headlights with daytime running light function and fog lights with self-adaptive cornering function, in addition to the sophisticated ESC (Electronic Stability Control). In addition, depending on the version and market, the advanced Lane Assist (lane departure warning system) and Blind Spot Assist (lane change assistance system to get around blind spots) devices are available as standard or on request. On request, it is also possible to equip your 500X with the new ParkView rear camera for reversing.
In terms of comfort and infotainment equipment, the Fiat 500X stands out in its category thanks to the sophisticated UconnectT systems with 5″ or 6.5″ touchscreens. Both versions come complete with Bluetooth interface, Aux-in connector, USB port and voice commands. Additionally, the Uconnect Radio Nav 5” device offers TomTom 2.5D navigation while the 6.5″ Uconnect Radio Nav features satellite navigation with 3D maps, progressive route guidance and ‘One Shot Voice Destination Entry’ to enter addresses with voice commands.
Using the colour touchscreen, the system lets you access all the main functions: from the radio through to all the main multimedia sources (media player, iPod, iPhone, smartphone) which can be connected via USB port or Aux-in socket or Bluetooth audio streaming. This can all be managed directly using the steering wheel controls in order that the drive doesn’t to look away from the road or take their hands off the wheel.
The 500X range will initially be launched with the 1.4l Cross with the 6-speed manual transmission and limited numbers of the 1.4l Cross with the 6-speed DDCT transmission. The pricing will start at R344,900.00 and R359,900.00 respectively.
The 500X 1.4l Cross Plus will be launched at the end of August and 1.6l Pop Star will be launched at the end of September. These models will be priced at R379,900.00 and R310,900.00 respectively.
The final model in the range, the Cross Plus DDCT will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015 and will be priced at R394,900.00.
All Fiat products come standard with a three year / 100,000 km warranty and maintenance plan.