Fiat Chrysler introduced the world to its latest family member, the 2016 Fiat 500X.
This diminutive cross-over, is aimed at 100 Countries earthwide. and promises to deliver Italian flair with four wheel drive capability.
In the North American market we expect to see the Fiat 500X with two engine choices.
The fuel conscious 1.4L Multi-air Turbo mated to a 6-speed manual, will produce 160 h.p. and 184 lb-ft.
The more robust 2.4L Tigershark Multi-air2 engine makes 180 h.p. and 175 lb-ft, and is exclusively paired with a 9-speed automatic on both front and all wheel drive models.
In an effort to curb the parasitic fuel consumption which hinders AWD vehicles, Fiat uses a rear axle which disconnects when 4 wheel drive is not needed.
The driver has the choice of three operating modes: Auto, Sport and Traction+, through what Fiat calls its Dynamic Selector System.
The 2016 Fiat 500X will be available with all the latest and greatest safety paraphernalia, 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 seven air bags.
The Fiat 500X is available with features like Uconnect 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.
The Fiat 500X will be available in five models three are more urban, the Pop, Easy and Lounge.
Two are aimed at the more adventurous, the Trekking and Trekking Plus models will sport unique front and rear fascia and satin silver accents.
Apparently silver is adventurous, who knew?
If your in the market for a smaller cross-over, and can wait a few months, then you can test drive the 2016 Fiat 500X which will be in showrooms sometime in the first half of 2015.