Fiat will return to the compact crossover segment in 2015 (anyone remember the Suzuki-based Sedici?) with the 500X.
It’s partner in this project is sister company Jeep, and the 500X shares many components with the new Jeep Renagade.
But unlike the rugged-looking Jeep, the 500X has a more sophisticated look, although there will be two distinct model lines – one of which will have a more off-road focus.
The 500X will be available with a range of powertrain options in the UK. Front-wheel drive, petrol-powered models are either equipped with a 110hp, 1.6-litre engine with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 140hp 1.4-litre Turbo engine with either a new six-speed manual gearbox or an optional 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 170hp, 1.4-litre Turbo engine.
The front-wheel drive diesel range consists of the 95hp, 1.3-litre, equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, and the 120hp 1.6-litre equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel drive diesel option is the 140hp 2.0-litre, which will be available with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission.