What Is It?
2016 Fiat 500X
What's New About This Model?
An all-new model in Fiat's lineup, the 500X takes the unique styling of the 500 hatchback and blends it with a four-door configuration and a higher ride height. In addition to the mini-SUV look, the 500X also offers all-wheel drive for improved all-weather capability.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Expect to see the 500X in dealers by the summer of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
Pricing has not been announced yet, but expect a starting price of just under $20,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Fiat 500X comes as a four-door hatchback only. There are five trim levels: Pop, Easy, Lounge, Trekking and Trekking Plus. The Trekking models add their own unique front and rear fascias along with metallic accents.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder — 160 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque
- 2.4-liter four-cylinder — 180 hp, 175 lb-ft of torque
- Six-speed manual transmission standard on 1.4-liter
- Nine-speed automatic standard on 2.4-liter, optional on 1.4-liter
- Standard front-wheel drive with both engines; all-wheel drive is optional with the 2.4-liter
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
This small package packs several interesting options. For safety, the features list includes lane departure warning, frontal collision warning, blind spot warning and cross path detection. There's also standard hill start assist and a driver-selectable mode selector that offers sport and low-traction modes in addition to a standard automatic mode for maximum efficiency.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Mini Cooper Countryman: This variation on the standard Cooper coupe also offers all-wheel drive, turbocharged engines and four doors. It also has unique styling and a long list of available features.
Nissan Juke: Another small, four-door hatchback with a turbocharged engine and optional all-wheel drive. The Juke offers sharp handling and a practical cabin to go along with its funky looks.
Should You Wait for It?
If you always liked the idea of driving one of these stylish Italian hatchbacks but were unsure of its all-weather capability, your car has arrived. Or at least it will in the middle of 2015. If that's too long to wait, its competitors are equally capable of slogging through winter snow. They just won't look as good doing it.