18 de outubro de 2014

Fiat reveals the 500X and 500X Cross

Fiat adds two new members to the 500 family with the 500X and 500X Cross. The 500X wants to rival cars like the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur with a design clearly based on the small, and original, Fiat 500, and a modified platform of the Punto. So is it good?

We will have to wait a few more months to find out, but since it has the same platform of the Renegade, and it has good ride, our hopes are high. Regarding the size, is approximately 4250mm long (the 500X Cross is longer by 20mm), 1800mm wide and 1600mm high (with roof bars or four-wheel drive the figures are 1610 and 1620mm, respectively). The cargo area has room for 350 liters.

So what are the differences between the 500X and 500X Cross? To put it short, The Cross version has bigger bumpers. In both you will be able to choose between several gasoline and diesel engines, front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and four different transmissions (5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 9-speed automatic and a twin-clutch 6-speed automatic).

The least powerful model will be equipped with a 1.3-liter MultiJet II diesel engine that generates 95PS (94bhp or 70kW), a 5-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, while the most powerful version comes with a 2.4-liter gasoline "tigershark" unit that produces 184PS (182bhp or 135kW), a 9-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive.

New in this segment is a rear axle disconnection system that reduces drag when the four-wheel drive system is not in use. The new 500X offers the "Drive Mood Selector", which is a system that acts on the brakes, steering, engine, gearbox and transmission, allowing the driver to choose between three modes; Auto, Sport, All Weather. The last mode will be replaced by the Traction mode on the four-wheel drive Cross versions or by the Traction Plus if you happen to choose The 500X Cross with front-wheel drive.

If you happen to live in Italy, Germany, France, Spain or Switzerland you will be able to buy one of the 2000 "Opening Edition" versions that will be sold. It will be available in three versions; two 2-wheel drive options with the 1.4-liter Turbo MultiAir II (140PS, 138bhp, 103kW) or the 1.6-liter MultiJet II (120PS, 118bhp, 88kW) engines, and one four-wheel drive with the 2.0-liter MultiJet II (140PS, 138bhp, 103kW) engine.

Inside, you can find everything you can also find in other models, with Fiat giving special attention to the "sophisticated Uconnect systems with 5" or 6.5" touchscreens".

Only the prices of the Opening Edition were revealed and they vary between 21900€ (27950$ or 17350£) for the 1.4-liter version and goes up to 30650€ (39100$ or 24300£) for the crossover with the 2.0-liter unit. Conversions made at the current time. Sales will start early next year.