One of the latest additions from Fiat, 500 X is all-new for 2015 and adds some length to already known 500 L model. Fiat’s line seems to be filled with all kinds of 500’s, but that’s just what there is right now. At least, 2016 Fiat 500 X is larger and more off-road capable which is always a plus.
2016 Fiat 500 X Engine
American version of 500 X is offered with couple of in-house powertrains. Smaller one is Fiat’s own 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder, capable of putting up 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The other, larger one is Chrysler’s 2.4L normally aspirated 4-cylinder which yields 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque.
Transmission options are also divided in European/American categories. European powertrain gets the manual, 6-speed gearbox, while American mill comes exclusively with 9-speed automatic transmission. Finally, most models are offered with front-wheel drive, but larger engine can be ordered with all-wheel drive as well.
There aren’t many differences between 2016 Fiat 500 X and the rest of 500 line, apart from aforementioned size discrepancies. Front end features well-known circular headlights and foglights which copy them.
Small air intake and Fiat badge on a stripe are at the front-middle of the fascia, while slightly oversized bumper clearly shows you that Fiat had off-road performance in plan when they designed the car. This at least goes for Trekking trims, while rest of the line offers more conventional lower air intake. Mini crossover has contrasting bumpers, side skirts and roof, while rear end is finished with squircle-shaped tail-lights and a chrome garnish above the licence plate inlet.
Interior of Fiat 500 X
Interior is neat and tidy, and offers plenty of room considering the size of the car. Cargo space can be greatly enlarged with folding rear seats down, and 500 X easily becomes a cargo mover in an instance. Current trim levels are Pop, Easy, Trekking, Lounge and Trekking Plus, but difference across them is only $8,000.
Base models come with cloth upholstery, but 2016 Fiat 500 X quickly changes to leather in seven different colors, and some of them look really good. Curved dash offers plenty of circles of all kinds. 6.5-inch touch screen display is in an easily visible top position and comes with standard rearview camera.
Even parking assist and blind spot information system with rear cross-traffic alert are standard from the Lounge Collection 1 package, while lane departure warning with lane keep assist, forward collision warnings and automatic high-beam control headlamps are available with the top, Lounge Collection 6 package.
Fuel economy figures haven’t been disclosed yet, but 500 X should be in the middle of the pack when its competitors are concerned. Both engines should return similar numbers and they should be in thirties.
Price for new 2016 Fiat 500 X
Entry-level Pop model starts from $20,000, while Trekking Plus costs at least $28,000. Of course, mentioned Lounge Collection packages can raise the price tag considerably.
2016 Fiat 500 X is yet another 500 iteration, but this one promises to be the most exciting one there is, especially in Trekking grades. Their off-road ability and styling really add some flair to Italian mini crossover.