Fiat, the Italian based automaker is planning to expand its 500 minicar range with a new crossover called the 500X. It will be the fifth variant in the 500 family. The 500 range of the company is 500 Abarth, the 500L four-door hatchback, 500C convertible and 500 three-door hatchback. The company will start manufacturing this biggest member of the Fiat 500 family, from December 2013. Fiat 500X Crossover will join cars like the Fiat 500 Abarth, The Fiat 500, the 500EX electric car, the 500c Cabrio and the Fiat 500L when it will be shown up at North American Fiat Studios in 2014.
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This 500X Crossover will be about 165.4 inches in length which makes it the biggest car of the 500 range. It will be available in two versions: two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The Fiat Sedici (a small crossover) will be replaced by Fiat 500X Crossover. The styling of the car will be similar to Sedici, the blend of both, SUV and hatchback. 500X Crossover will share the company’s small vehicle architecture with the 500L and Punto sub-compact
It is expected that the 500X will features the same engine options: a two-cylinder 0.9-L TwinAir petrol engine, turbocharged 1.3 MultiJet II diesel unit and a four-cylinder 1.4-L petrol engine. It will likely to share the same body as the 500L. 500X will be manufactured at Mirafiori, Turin plant of the company, along with the new Jeep small SUV (B-SUV).
The production of the B-SUV will start after the 500X which means it will begin in second quarter of 2014. The 500X will be the first 500 range variant to be made in Italy. Fiat hopes to create about 280,000 crossovers yearly. Compared to the Jeep Compass and Patriot, the B-SUV will be smaller. The B-SUV will hit the Europe, United States and other markets. Currently no image of Fiat 500X is available.