Chunkier five-door Fiat 500 X to join existing Fiat 500 line-up
The local Fiat 500 range has just grown with the addition of the biggest Fiat 500 yet, the five-door Fiat 500X.
The Fiat 500X is built alongside the Jeep Renegade in Italy and is priced from $28,000 plus on road costs; standard equipment includes seven airbags, reversing camera and electronic rollover protection across the range.
Four trim levels are available: Pop, Pop Star, Lounge and Cross Plus. Fiat says that the first three versions are designed to have an urban feel, while the Cross Plus is said to have a chunky and more adventurous look.
In true retro car style, the 500X draws styling cues from the original 500, such as the body-coloured dashboard and clamshell style bonnet, but there is a host of modern safety equipment available including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
Inside, there is a 6.5 inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth streaming or a 3.5 inch TFT and push button start technology.
Three transmissions and two engine choices are spread across the Fiat 500X family, with the Pop and Pop Star fitted with a 1.4 litre turbo MultiAir II engine that produces 103kW and 230Nm and is mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with power being sent through to the front wheels.
Lounge and Cross Plus models are powered by a more potent version of the same 1.4 engine, this time churning out 125kW and 250Nm, mated to a nine-speed ZF automatic driving either the front or all four wheels.
The Fiat 500X is available in Fiat dealerships now.