Can you imagine a more perfect follow-up to the Fiat 500 in the brand’s return to the US? A compact four-door crossover that is sporty, chic, right-sized and right-priced.
The 500X is so good, it is likely to be the best-seller of the Fiat range almost overnight. Along with the jumbo 500L MPV, the 500X is the best news for Fiat shoppers since the brand’s return itself.
Why all this steep praise? The 2016 500X just feels like a huge hit.
Standard with an automatic nine-speed and turbo-charged four-cylinder, the 500X’s main powertrain option is AWD for a kinda-steep $1,900 extra. There are five trim levels in the price range, which runs from $20,000 up to $30,000, before the $900 delivery charge.
2016 Fiat 500X PRICING (FWD; AWD Add $1900)
The configurator is live now at FiatUSA.com, and we did a quick build to show the colors and packages we’d choose. The mid-spec Trekking with the cheapest 18-inch wheel option seems like the sweet spot. The Trekking has the rough-road plastic fender flares and nose decor, by the way, but the base trim is arguably more stylish for some urban fashionistas. It would look really cool slammed low to the ground.
Colors are a fun and funky mix – but beware of the $1000 optional shades like the bright yellow. Best stick to choosing among the dozen free colors, in our opinion.
Overall, though, the 500X is $5,000-plus cheaper than the MINI Countryman crossover, delivers its Italian flair effortlessly, and is highly optimized to what US Fiat shoppers want. A big future hit for Fiat is almost guaranteed with this cute-ute.
2016 Fiat 500X
Customers Can Now Configure Their All-new Fiat 500X Crossover, Starting at $20,000 MSRP
U.S. customers can now configure their 2016 Fiat 500X
Pricing for the all-new crossover begins at $20,000 MSRP
The latest addition to the FIAT lineup, the Fiat 500X offers an available advanced all-wheel-drive system, functionality and an array of comfort, convenience, and safety and security features
The 2016 Fiat 500X will arrive in FIAT studios in the second quarter of 2015
February 1, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – On the heels of the FIAT brand’s return to Super Bowl advertising, FIAT fans can now configure the 2016 Fiat 500X at www.fiatusa.com. Pricing for the all-new crossover, which will arrive in the U.S. market in the second quarter of 2015, starts at $20,000 MSRP.
“The Fiat 500X is the next step of FIAT expansion in the North American market,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand North America, FCA US LLC. “Personalization is a big part of who we are as a brand, so we are giving our customers a chance to jump-start the process and customize a Fiat 500X that fits their own needs and personality. Also, FIAT fans can now visit a studio to reserve a vehicle and be one of the first to own the Italian-made Fiat 500X.”
The all-new Fiat 500X combines iconic Italian style with functionality, performance and available all-wheel-drive confidence. The vehicle is available in five trim levels. The Street series models, including the Pop, Easy and Lounge, feature the refined Italian style and design of the FIAT brand with a more urban appearance. The Trekking and Trekking Plus models feature a more aggressive and athletic look with unique front and rear fascia designs and satin silver accents. The base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2016 Fiat 500X starts at $20,000 (excluding a destination charge of $900, taxes, title and registration fees):
Trekking Plus: $27,100
The Easy, Trekking, Lounge and Trekking Plus models are all available with the Fiat 500X’s advanced all-wheel-drive system for an additional $1,900.
About the 2016 Fiat 500X
In the United States, the all-new Fiat 500X is available with the fuel-efficient 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, with an output of 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The available 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, and is paired exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission on all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive models.
A disconnecting rear axle allows for reduced parasitic loss when available all-wheel-drive capability is not needed, improving fuel efficiency. The Dynamic Selector system allows the driver to choose from three modes (Auto, Sport and Traction +) for the most suitable vehicle configuration for different driving conditions.
The 2016 Fiat 500X offers up to 70 standard and available safety and security features. Available features include Forward Collision Warning-Plus with full stop, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection. Electronic stability control (ESC) with Hill-start Assist and electronic roll mitigation is standard on all models, as are seven air bags.
Loaded with technology and convenience, the Fiat 500X is available with features like Uconnect 6.5 radio with a 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen and navigation, Bluetooth streaming audio, Uconnect Access Via Mobile, a 3.5-inch color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display, Keyless Enter ‘n Go with remote start, and heated front seats and steering wheel.
The all-new Fiat 500X is crafted at the Melfi plant in Italy.
About FIAT Brand
The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is sold in more than 100 countries around the world and is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function, technology and a pride of ownership that is genuine.
In North America, the Fiat 500 was introduced in March 2011 and was soon followed by the Fiat 500c (Cabrio), the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e and the five-passenger Fiat 500L. The FIAT brand continues to expand with the introduction of the Fiat 500X, an all-new crossover that combines Italian style with functionality, performance and all-wheel drive confidence. The all-new Fiat 500X will arrive in FIAT studios in the second quarter of 2015.
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