The new Fiat 500X crossover is capable of up to 68.9mpg in front-wheel drive form, or 51.4mpg in 4×4 guise.
Front-wheel drive petrol-powered models are either equipped with a 110hp, 1.6-litre “E-torQ” engine with a five-speed manual gearbox or a 140hp 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II petrol engine with a new-generation six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed twin-clutch transmission. The all-wheel drive petrol model, which is equipped with a first-in-class, nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, is powered by a 170hp, 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II engine.
The front-wheel drive diesel range consists of the 95hp, 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel, equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, and the 120hp 1.6-litre MultiJet II turbodiesel equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. The four-wheel drive diesel option is the 140hp 2.0-litre MultiJet II turbodiesel, which is available with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission.
The new nine-speed automatic transmission is a first not only for Fiat but also for the crossover segment in which the 500X competes. This new, electronically-controlled, nine-speed automatic transmission features advanced shift management while also offering the possibility of switching to manual-sequential mode.
The FIAT 500X’s four-wheel drive system adopts a fuel-saving rear axle disconnection system that switches between two- and four-wheel drive for full-time torque management without requiring input from the driver.
Ground clearance for all-wheel drive versions increases to 179mm compared to 162mm for front-wheel drive models, and its approach, departure and breakover angles are 21.3°, 30.1° and 22.3° respectively. It is also equipped with specific bumpers and protective skid plates to protect the bodywork and mechanicals from off-road use.
On the more rugged FIAT 500X Cross and Cross Plus versions, “All Weather” mode is replaced by the “Traction” function, which speeds up the transmission of torque to the rear axle on four-wheel drive versions or activates the “Traction Plus” electronic front differential system on front-wheel drive versions, the latter offering an ideal solution to drivers who only encounter extreme low-traction situations occasionally, thereby avoiding the additional costs and slight emissions increase associated with a conventional four-wheel drive system.
The new FIAT 500X will go on sale in the UK early in the second quarter of 2015. Pricing for the FIAT 500X will range from £14,595 for the 1.6 E-torQ 110hp in Pop specification to £25,845 for the 2.0-litre MultiJet II 140hp AT AWD Cross Plus.
The first version of the FIAT 500X available to order in the UK will be the “Opening Edition”, offered with a choice of three powertrain options: 140hp 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II 4X2 manual, 120hp 1.6 MultiJet II 4X2 manual and 140hp 2.0 MultiJet II AWD nine-speed automatic.