Automotive expert Lauren Fix, The Car Coach and Paul Brian review the 2016 Fiat 500X.
All-new small crossover
Delivers contemporary Italian design with iconic Cinquecento features in a larger, more capable package
Features advanced drive systems, including two engine options, available nine-speed automatic transmission, and available all-wheel drive with disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency
Loaded with up to 70 advanced safety and security features
Available in five trim models and 12 exterior colors to offer the personality that FIAT vehicles are known for
Starts at $20,000
The all-new 2016 Fiat 500X is the latest addition to the FIAT lineup in North America, combining the authentic Italian design and engaging driving dynamics synonymous with the FIAT brand, together with advanced drive systems, unmatched functionality, and a full array of safety, comfort and convenience features.
In the United States, the all-new Fiat 500X is available with the fuel-efficient 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, with an output of 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Pop only
The 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, and is paired exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission on all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive models. Except Pop – auto, sport, traction modes
The 2016 Fiat 500X offers up to 70 standard and available safety and security features, including Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection. Electronic stability control (ESC) with Hill-start Assist and electronic roll mitigation is standard on all models, as are 7 air bags.
Loaded with technology and convenience, the Fiat 500X is available with features like Uconnect 6.5 radio with a 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen and navigation, Bluetooth streaming audio, Uconnect Access Via Mobile, a 3.5-inch color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, and heated front seats and steering wheel. Optional Beats Audio
The 2016 Fiat 500X is available in five trim levels: Pop, Easy, Lounge, and for a more athletic look, Trekking and Trekking Plus. The Trekking and Trekking Plus models feature unique front and rear fascia designs and satin silver accents for a distinct, aggressive appearance.
Built in Amalfi, Italy
MOPAR Parts – customize your Fiat will offer more than 100 accessories to personalize your Fiat.
Graphics Packages: More than 30 different exterior graphics packages will be available at launch to personalize the Fiat 500X, including the Special Edition “Rebel” Graphics Package, which includes red hood, roof and spoiler graphics, as well as red and grey bodyside graphics.
Wheels: Owners can choose from 18-inch wheels in four different and unique color options to dress up the new compact crossover.
Racks and carriers: For bikes, skis, snowboards, luggage and more, Mopar offers a variety of racks and carriers to fit the new Fiat 500X, allowing owners to take their adventure on the road.
Katzkin seats: Owners can transform the interior of their Fiat 500X with premium leather Katzkin seats.
Cargo management: Accessories, including telescopic bar, collapsible crate, cargo trays and more, are available to help secure items – protecting against spills, dirt, grease and grime.
Slush mats and cargo mat: Customers can keep their vehicle’s interior pristine with slush mats and a cargo mat, which feature molded, deep ribs to protect a vehicle’s carpet and keep it clean by trapping and holding water, snow and mud.
Cat-back exhaust: Owners can add a little extra horsepower and torque along with a deeper more aggressive tone to their ride with the installation of a cat-back exhaust system.
Extra color personalization: Customers can now also coordinate or accent their vehicle’s unique look by mixing and matching the multiple color combinations available for mirror covers, bodyside molding and vehicle graphics.
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Car Courtesy of Fiat / FCA
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