U.S.-Spec 2016 Fiat 500X Details Revealed — Powertrains, Trims, Features & Release
The U.S.-spec 2016 Fiat 500X was revealed at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. We already wrote about the crossover when it was introduced at the Paris Auto Show, but the American version is slightly different. The 2016 Fiat 500X is coming on the American market with two engine options and in five trims. Having in mind that the subcompact crossover isn’t at the top of its market niche, since it has some very serious competitors, the automaker probably took care about the development of the U.S.-spec 2016 500X. Since they have no other option to prove that the Renegade’s Italian counterpart is worth of the quality-demanding American market, they’ve probably insisted on the quality during the manufacturing of the crossover. Once it hits the dealerships, the 2016 500X will face some really serious competitors, such as the 2016 Honda HR-V. Although the 2016 Fiat 500X is the sibling of the Jeep Renegade, it’s hard that those two will interfere on the market. While the Renegade is a tough and rough crossover which asks for off-road experiences, the 500X is a handsome and stylish urban vehicle.
2016 Fiat 500X Engine Options, Transmission and Drive
The 2016 Fiat 500X will have two engine options, as we already said. There will be a 1.4-liter four-cylinder mill which delivers 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of twist and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder which is rated at 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. While the first engine is mated with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder is connected to a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission.
It’s true that the 2016 500X can’t be compared with big off-roaders, but nevertheless, it comes with optional all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is standard. The all-wheel drive system contributes to the crossover’s fuel economy, since it can deliver the power to the front wheels exclusively when the all wheels aren’t necessary. It comes with three modes – Traction +, Sport, and Auto.
Interior Design and Available Features
Since the 2016 Fiat 500X has the Italian heritage – and it’s actually built in Italy – the sophisticated Italian style found its way inside the crossover’s cabin. If you don’t expect an amazing level of luxury, you’d probably find the 500X’s interior very nice. Tastefully chosen color schemes and attractive European design are probably the most impressive aspects of the CUV’s interior.
Naturally, the 2016 Fiat 500X will be equipped with the latest UConnect infotainment system. We said that the luxury isn’t at the level of the most expensive crossovers nowadays, but this doesn’t mean that the 500X can’t be bought with a rearview camera, heated front seats, or a heated wheel.
2016 Fiat 500X Release and Pricing
The automaker hasn’t announced the pricing yet, so we have to wait for the official MSRP. We do know that the 2016 Fiat 500X will come in five trims – Pop, Easy, Lounge, Trekking and Trekking Plus. While the first three trims don’t have obvious exterior differences, the Trekking and Trekking Plus trims bring slightly different, tougher appearance. The 2016 Fiat 500X will be released by the mid-2015.