The Fiat 500X has made its debut at the Paris Motor Show. The new crossover marks a new beginning for the 500 family.
With some impressive updates, the new Fiat 500X will be available in two different versions: the 500X and 500X Cross. Both will be equipped with diesel and petrol engines with three types of transmissions; manual, 9-speed automatic or twin-clutch 6-speed automatic.
The five-speed manual has a 1.6 “E-torQ” engine which boasts 81kW of power. The six-speed manual or twin-clutch six-speed automatic is powered by a 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II with 104kW behind it. The 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II nine-speed automatic transmission has 125 kW. The range topping 2.4 Tigershark nine-speed auto boasts powerful 136kW. There are a number of turbo-diesel engines, too. The five-speed 1.3 MultiJet II has 70 kW of power, the six-speed 1.6 MultiJet II has 88kW and the six-speed or nine-speed manual 2.0 MultiJet II has 103kW of power.
On the Fiat 500X Cross versions, All-Weather mode is replaced by the “Traction” function, which, in the case of the four-wheel drive version, speeds up the transmission of torque to the rear axle. On the 500X Cross with front-wheel drive it activates the “Traction Plus” control system, which improves grip on rough, slippery terrain and costs less. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, daytime running headlights and ESC (Electronic Stability Control). Advanced Lane Assist will be available as well as Blind Spot assist. It will also be possible to add a reverse camera and Hill Brake Assist function.
We can expect the new Fiat 500X in South Africa in the second half of 2015. More details will be announced closer to the launch.