Fiat 500X fits 500-style body on Jeep Renegade mechanicals

Despite being scaled up to fit on top of the mechanical and chassis package of the Jeep Renegade, the new Fiat 500X manages retains the retrolicious 500’s sense of style and cheerful good looks. A similar compliment that can’t be thrown at the mutant and aesthetically awful 500L.


At launch the Fiat 500X will be available with three engine choices (two diesel and one petrol), with only the most powerful diesel coupled with all-wheel drive. From there the 500X will be offered in a dizzying array of engine, transmission and drive combinations.

Depending on the model transmission choices include 5- and 6-speed manuals, a 6-speed dual-clutch and a 9-speed automatic.

On the inside, the 500X features a broad swathe of body coloured plastic, just like the 500. In the centre of the dash is either a 5- or 6.5-inch touchscreen for the entertainment system. This can be coupled with either an attachable TomTom nav unit on the 5-inch models or a built-in nav system for 6.5-inch screens.

Dimensions

Length: 4,250mm
Width: 1,800mm
Height: 1,600mm (1,620mm for AWD model)
Boot space: 350L

1.6-litre MultiJet II (launch engine)
Engine type: 1.6-litre turbo 4-cylinder
Fuel: Diesel
Power: 89kW (120hp)
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: FWD

2-litre MultiJet II (launch engine)
Engine type: 2-litre turbo 4-cylinder
Fuel: Diesel
Power: 104kW (140hp)
Transmission: 9-speed auto
Drive: AWD

1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II (launch engine)
Engine type: 1.4-litre turbo 4-cylinder
Fuel: Petrol
Power: 104kW (140hp)
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch
Drive: FWD

1.6 e-torQ
Engine type: 1.6-litre 4-cylinder
Fuel: Flex/ethanol or patrol
Power: 82kW (110hp)
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Drive: FWD

1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir II (high power)
Engine type: 1.4-litre turbo 4-cylinder
Fuel: Petrol
Power: 127kW (170hp)
Transmission: 9-speed auto
Drive: AWD

2.4-litre Tigershark
Engine type: 2.4-litre 4-cylinder
Fuel: Petrol
Power: 137kW (184hp)
Transmission: 9-speed auto
Drive: AWD

1.3-litre MultiJet II
Engine type: 1.3-litre turbo 4-cylinder
Fuel: Diesel
Power: 71kW (95hp)
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Drive: FWD

2-litre MultiJet II
Engine type: 2-litre turbo 4-cylinder
Fuel: Diesel
Power: 104kW (140hp)
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: AWD


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