Fiat 500X crossover made its global debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show last month. Now, the Italian automajor has showcased the crossover in the UK for the first time as its impending its international launch in Turin and Balocco on November 13 and 14, 2014. The 500X crossover is presented by the company in two different avatars - an elegant urban version in Pop, Pop Star and Lounge specifications and a rugged off-road version in Cross and Cross plus specifications.
Being designed at Centro Stile FIAT, the 500X crossover pays tribute to the iconic 1957 original due to similar headlamps, nose brightwork and distinctive clamshell bonnet. It measures 4.2m in length, 1.80m in width and 1.60m in height with a boot capacity of 350 litres. Fold & Tumble rear seats and the fold-flat front passenger seat option is available with the crossover to accommodate more space. A removable load platform which is reversible and height adjustable is also available. It is being offered in 12 chic colors and 8 distinct design alloys of 16-, 17- and 18-inch. For the driver, there’s a new instrument binnacle divided into three, circular, individually cowled displays, with the large, central display featuring a reconfigurable 3.5-inch TFT display, flanked by speedometer and rev-counter in the other displays. A new steering wheel offers improved grip and comfort as well as new audio and vehicle system controls and while the dashboard panel retains the retro look of the 500, new switchgear and 5.0-inch or 6.5 touch-screen Uconnect™ systems set the 500X apart as an all-new model.
Inside the cabin, a choice of seven fabric, leather and colour configurations is available, depending on the model and exterior colour, and amongst the premium options offered in the 500X, a full-length “Sky Dome” glass sunroof is available to bathe the cabin in natural light. The FIAT 500X is also the latest model to offer a BeatsAudio™ sound system, developed in collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre. The premium hi-fi system boasts a 560W, eight-channel digital amplifier with either a 120W four-speaker system or a 180W six-speaker configuration, depending on the model. The BeatsAudio™ system, however, features two dome tweeters in the dashboard, two 165mm mid-range speakers in the front doors, two dome tweeters in the rear door.
Front-wheel drive, petrol-powered models are either equipped with a 110 hp, 1.6 litre "E-torQ" engine with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 140 hp 1.4 litre Turbo MultiAir II petrol engine with either a new-generation six-speed manual gearbox or FIAT Powertrain’s renowned six-speed twin-clutch transmission. The all-wheel drive petrol model, which is equipped with a first-in-class, nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, is powered by a 170 hp, 1.4 litre Turbo MultiAir II engine. The front-wheel drive diesel range consists of the 95 bhp, 1.3 litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, and the 120 bhp 1.6 litre MultiJet II turbo diesel equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel drive diesel option is the 140 bhp 2.0 litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, which will be available with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission, which is a first not only for FIAT but also for the crossover segment in which the 500X competes.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Dynamic Steering Torque (DST); Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); Electronic Rollover Mitigation (ETM); Hill Start Assist (HSA); ASR (traction control); MSR (gearshift engine torque management); electronic parking braking, TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system); front fog lights with cornering illumination (excluding Pop); automatic windscreen demisting (excluding Pop) and six airbags are available as standard safety feature in FIAT 500X. A new "Brake Control" assisted braking system, which can intervene between speeds of 4mph and 120mph to apply emergency braking, thereby helping prevent, or mitigate the consequences of, a collision if the driver fails to respond to the audio, visual or brief deceleration alerts.
Being manufactured in the updated SATA plant in Melfi, Italy and sold in more than 100 countries worldwide, the new FIAT 500X will go on sale in the UK early in the second quarter of 2015. Pricing for the FIAT 500X will range from £14,595 (around Rs 14.12 lakh) for the 1.6 E-torQ 110hp in Pop specification to £25,845 (around Rs 25 lakh) for the 2.0 litre MultiJet II 140hp AT AWD Cross Plus. Fiat ain't contemplating an India launch yet for this crossover as the company is developing an all-new crossover for India.