We have the Fiat 500, Fiat 500C, and Fiat 500L. Now, a fourth member is in the work with the 500X badge, and it’s a crossover vehicle. So what started out as a modern-day Cinquecento, turned into a convertible, then evolved into a longer, bigger hatchback, and is now becoming a sport utility. What’s next? A Fiat 500 pickup truck?
The 500X will be based on the 500L, itself based on the Punto, boasting a wheelbase of around 4200mm. Set to replace Fiat Sedici as the new jacked-up, versatile family car, the 500X’s design will be a blend of hatchback and SUV. It will be powered by Fiat’s MultiJet diesels and petrol units inducing the 900cc TwinAir. The car will be offered with two and four wheel drive.
Normally you’d expect Jeep to build the SUV for Fiat, but it’s actually the other way around. Jeep will rebadge the 500X, albeit with a few changes, and sell it in Europe, America and China. Fiat will make its own 500X in Italy, at Turin’s Mirafiori plant.
Fiat 500X is expected to debut in 2013.