Top Gear Philippines Philippine Car News - Fiat rolls out 500X crossover

Unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Fiat 500X is officially real and is already in production, with the Italian carmaker confirming the engines and transmission that the vehicle will be offered with when it goes on sale.

As the latest addition to the 500 family, the 500X bears the model's classic design signature like its rounded headlights, classic logo, and chrome-plated "mustache" on the front end. For its interior, the 500X has a driver-focused cabin, with the instruments and controls all directed toward the driver and grouped by function.

To be sold in more than 100 countries worldwide, the 500X will be available in two different versions with different "souls." For the younger metropolitan set, the 500X is available in Pop, Popstar and Lounge trim levels, which feature "distinctive, elegant styling." For those who prefer off-road aesthetics and technology but don't want to compromise on the unique style of the Fiat 500, the 500X is available in Cross and Cross Plus trim levels.

At launch, the 500X will be offered with the following gasoline-fed drivetrains: the 140hp, 1.4-liter Turbo MultiAir II with front-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; the 110hp, 1.6-liter E-torQ with front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual; the 120hp, 1.6-liter MultiJet II with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual; and the 140hp, 2.0-liter MultiJet II with four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The range-toppers are the 170hp, 1.4-liter Turbo MultiAir II, and the 187hp, 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir II, both of which are equipped with four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

As for the turbodiesel units, these are limited to the 95hp, 1.3-liter MultiJet II with a five-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, and the 140hp, 2.0-liter MultiJet II with a six-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drive.

The sale of the Fiat 500X will commence sometime in 2015.



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