New Fiat 500X unveiled in Paris

The new Fiat 500X, the company’s new compact SUV crossover, has been officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show today.

Set to go on sale in the UK in the second quarter of 2015, the Fiat 500X will be available in two distinct versions.

One is designed for the city-dweller, while the other has a more rugged appearance.

Four petrol engines will be available, starting with a 1.6-litre ‘e-torQ’ unit with 110hp equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, followed by a 1.4-litre MultiAir II unit with 140hp and mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission.  Both are two-wheel drive only.

Four-wheel drive petrol options take the form of either a more powerful MultiAir II unit with 170hp or the range-topping 2.4-litre Tigershark engine with 184hp, both of which are equipped with a new nine-speed automatic transmission as standard, although as we understand it the 2.4-litre unit isn’t likely to be available in the UK.

Diesel options arrive in the form of two-wheel drive models using a 95hp 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbo diesel with a five-speed manual or a 120hp 1.6-litre unit with a six-speed manual ‘box.  The more powerful 140hp 2.0-litre turbo diesel is available in four-wheel drive form only, and is mated to either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission.

The 500X features a ‘drive mood selector’ that provides three different modes for engine response, steering, transmission and brakes.  Auto is for normal use, with the 500X making automatic choices to provide the most comfort and fuel efficiency, while Sport sharpens the responses for a more engaging drive.

All Weather mode aims to extract maximum traction in slippery conditions, although the more rugged 500X models replace this with a Traction function which either activates the Traction Plus system on 2WD models or sends additional torque to the rear axle on 4WD versions.

The full gamut of Fiat’s driver aids will be available on the 500X, including lane departure warning, electronic stability control, blind spot assist and a reversing camera.

Customisation is expected to be a key selling point, with a range of 12 paint colours, eight different wheel designs, seven seat fabrics, plus a variety of other options.

The interior will feature Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment system with 5- or 6.5-inch colour touch-screens, plus the option of a Beats hi-fi system.

Built at the company’s Melfi plant in Italy (previously home to the Punto), the Fiat 500X will arrive in the UK in the second quarter of 2015.  Prices and specifications will be announced nearer the time.