Discussion in 'Fiat Global News' started by Ravi, Sep 16, 2014.
Fiat has released a teaser video of 500x before the release in 2014 Paris motor show.
Now that's what you call Italian, cinematic, X-ey signification! ;-)
Our Fiat-ian pleasure in the 500X will remain vicarious, though: sad, bad. Hope the Indian B-SUV for 2016 is close enough.
Thats one heck of a adv and one heck of a car. Drop dead gorgeous.
Fiat 500X compact crossover unveiled
It will go on sale in the UK in the second quarter of 2015 and sit alongside the regular 500 and larger 500L derivatives in Fiat's line-up.
Two versions of the new model have been created, mirroring a strategy adopted with the 500L and 500L Trekking. One is intended as a chic urban car, while the other has more rugged design themes.
The 500X gets the same retro-inspired styling as the rest of the 500 family, but also includes a more prominent front-end grille design, with chrome trim used around the front bumper. Tinted windows, roof rails and a boot-mounted lip spoiler also feature.
Designed at Fiat's Centro Stile design hub, the new 500X sits on a modified version of the SCCS platform that underpins the Fiat Puntoand Vauxhall Corsa. It measures 4.25 metres in length, while the rugged version is 2cm longer. Both versions are 1.80m wide and 1.61m in height.
Boot space is put at 350 litres, and Fiat is playing up the "extensive use of high-grade materials, top-quality finishes and practical storage compartments" inside the car. Personalisation plays a large role in the 500X's appeal: a choice of 12 different body colours and eight designs for the alloy wheels will be offered. Wheels come in three sizes – 16in, 17in and 18in.
The engine range comprises four petrol engines and three diesels. Front-wheel drive, petrol-powered models are either equipped with a 108bhp 1.6-litre engine with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 138bhp, turbocharged 1.4-litre with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed twin-clutch transmission.
All-wheel-drive petrol models, which are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, are powered either by a 168bhp version of the turbocharged 1.4-litre or a 181bhp, 2.4-litre engine. The latter will not be offered in the UK.
The front-wheel-drive oilburning range starts with a 94bhp, 1.3-litre turbodiesel that comes equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. Next up is a 118bhp, 1.6-litre turbodiesel equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The four-wheel-drive diesel option is the 138bhp 2.0-litre, which is fitted with either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 500X is the first Fiat to be offered with this nine-speed gearbox.
The 500X incorporates a 'Drive Mode Selector' that offers three modes for engine, brake, steering and transmission settings. Auto is the most frugal, Sport is geared towards spirited driving and All Weather' adjusts the settings to best cope with low-grip conditions.
On the more rugged version, the All Weather mode is replaced by a Traction function, which speeds up the transmission of torque to the rear axle on four-wheel-drive versions or activates a Traction Plus control system on front-wheel-drive cars.
The latter, says Fiat, suits drivers who only encounter extreme low-traction situations occasionally and can't justify the additional costs associated with a conventional four-wheel-drive system.
Cabin technology includes 5.0- or 6.5-inch Uconnect colour touchscreen infotainment systems depending on variant. Both systems feature Bluetooth, aux-in and USB connectivity and can be operated via steering wheel remote controls and voice commands. A new Uconnect Live system integrates with smartphones.
Domestic specifications and pricing for the Fiat 500X will be announced closer to the car's UK launch.
Source: Autocar UK
Bring it here Fiat, in 2016, along with the Jeep Renegade?!
here is the nice italian ad for 500X
Fiat India has just posted the above comic 'blue pill' 500X ad on their facebook page, where it has proceeded to get a flood of positive comments, and a slew of 'shares' in quick time.
Very interesting to me, as someone who will personally buy this car if launched anywhere below 15 lakhs ex-showroom, and knows a fair few others who will too. Including several on this forum, i bet!
IF, that is, Fiat India is seriously trying to gauge possible market reactions to this car for a possible launch here? And not just gathering facebook likes and shares for brand-building.
They've already committed to local 'industrialization' in India of a Jeep-branded 'C-Suv' for 2016. That car (renegade?) has it seems from all reports the same platform, suspension, engines (t-jet and 1.6 mjd) and transmissions as the 500X. Doesn't that make the 500X feasible for India, at Indian prices?
I sure hope Fiat India is thinking seriously about the 500X for India. Otherwise: they'll be passing up a great opportunity to use, not lose current Linea owners who want to/are open to 'upgrading' to another charismatic Fiat model when their Linea-s are 4-6 years old in 2016, say.
Lovely car, this is one beauty that would sell in India. I do not like the headlights though but that is just me. I wonder if it is sold in India (ever) how much should they price it at?
Over 3 Million Viewes for the Blue Pill Ad so Far
Guys, check out the reviews of the 500X by the UK motoring press: autocar, car, autoexpress etc.
The british press tends to denigrate Jeeps (because of illusory patriotism about Land Rover), and Fiat (because of illusory patriotism about Ford and Mini).
And so, these reviews are emphatic praise indeed. Mefeels Fiat have not just a hit with the 500X(+Jeep Renegade), but a growing-segment bestseller in W Europe! Should do well in the US, too, easily.
Maybe they'll bring it here? Maybe: a year after the 2016 B-Suv (Duster-fighter, Palio-based) and the Jeep C-Suv (as much for exports as for domestic sales against the Fortuner)?
They could and should localize it and export it from here to the UK and Australia et al, just like they plan to with the Jeep C-Suv, which will apparently share A LOT with the 500X!? 2017-18? Common Fiat, give it a thought, a plan and...a go/green light!
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