By on October 2, 2014

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The Jeep Renegade’s Italian sibling was revealed at today’s Paris Auto Show media day, and now Fiat dealers can breathe a sigh of relief: they’ll be getting a product that has a good chance of being competitive in North America.

The subcompact crossover rides on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade, and may likely share the same 1.4-liter turbo-four as the Renegade. Chrysler’s 2.4-liter Tigershark engine will also be available, and all-wheel drive versions will be paired to a nine-speed automatic gearbox, along with the corporate all-wheel drive system. Front-drive versions will get a six-speed dual-clutch auto or six-speed manual gearbox.

 

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25 Comments on “Paris 2014: Fiat 500X Debuts...”


  • avatar
    juicy sushi

    Not as mind-blowingly hideous as the 500L. But still, if there was ever proof that the 500 can’t be used as the design template for a full range of cars, this is it.

    • 0 avatar
      Stumpaster

      Totally agree. What’s the logic? Well, Signori, the 500 looks like a bug, 500L looks like a pregnant bug with a headache, neither sells well for some unknown reason, so let’s spread the look to another model. I hope Fiat folds here just like its doors in a collision.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      You realize Fiat is banking on its flexible assembly line that can handle widened and lengthened platforms, right? Imagine a 500 (L)(X) even wider and longer. Or just wait a couple years, and you won’t have to imagine it. Let’s just hope the high belt line, lowered roof fad expires quickly, or there will be some really strange-looking vehicles out there, all powered by that 1.4 multi-air turbo.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    I’m digging it.

    I’d like to see some interior shots, too. I think this would be the most popular version of the 500 Series.

  • avatar

    I’m humming “Killing me surely with this car”… God, this is just awful-looking. Like a Fiat 500 for the physically challenged.

  • avatar
    Chicago Dude

    A few weeks ago I accidentally took a wrong turn in downtown Chicago and happened upon the 500X teaser video being filmed. I saw the girl on the swingset in the middle of the street, but the 500X was nowhere to be seen. They’re keeping a pretty tight lid on it. Or at least they were.

  • avatar
    S197GT

    i like it.

    there. i said it. i thought the 500L, if nothing else, at least looked unique and quirky, and not in a nissan juke/jeep cherokee kind of way. but simply different and obviously not american for those who want something small and european but not as expensive as a mini.

    but apparently the driving dynamics are terrible. maybe the 500x will be better some how?

    doesn’t it faintly mirror the porsche macan???

  • avatar
    319583076

    I like it, too. I think it looks better than the Renegade. It resembles the Infiniti FX in some ways, which isn’t a bad thing.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I like the front and the offroad-y trim, and I think it looks like a Brazilian market vehicle. I also like the wheel design. Unfortunately the back looks like an upset lady bug and sort of ruins it for me.

    To estimate sales they can check out sales of the Countryman and then reduce by 35% +/- 3% margin of error.

  • avatar
    cdotson

    It’s not bad looking. I actually like it better than the Countryman, and certainly better than the 500/500L.

    Fiat’s logic is that the Mini Countryman sales are through the roof as the rest of the Mini lineup tanks, so they better play in the space or suffer the same fate. I believe it will be a runaway success scaled down to Fiat proportions; it might sell as well as the Dodge Dart.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I think the Countryman appeals because A) it’s the newest Mini model, as the rest of the lineup is quite aged, and B) it has AWD, which is a draw for Americans.

      • 0 avatar
        Quentin

        Are you sure? According to Wiki…

        Countryman (MY2011 to present)
        Coupe (MY2012 to present)
        Roadster (MY2012 to present)
        Paceman (MY2013 to present)

        The Clubman and Convertible are on old platforms since they traditionally lag the just-released 3 door. There is a brand new 5 door hardtop buildable on the MINI website, too.

        I agree about your 2nd point, though. AWD and 5 doors means it can reasonably be used as a family vehicle. We test drove the Countryman right before my daughter was born, but opted to keep my wife’s 3 door hatch S and picked up a more traditional family car.

      • 0 avatar
        darex

        Not even. The 2014 F56 Hardtop is the only all-new MINI model: New engines, New chassis, New interior, etc. It’s coming to all the other models, including the Countryman, eventually.

  • avatar
    frozenman

    Well this explains where the weird front end lighting layout of the Cherokee comes from, Fiat is on a roll!

  • avatar
    STRATOS

    I do not know what is going on at FIAT lately! A company starved of new product, can only come up with this ? What happened to Italian design ? It looks like a bug with 6 eyes.

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      That’s the question, isn’t it? Not everything coming out of Italy was always beautiful or timeless, but this age of recycling 60 year old styling cues for absence of any clue what else to do is embarrassing. When was the last original and attractive Italian car introduced? 1994 with the Punto or Barchetta maybe?

      • 0 avatar
        tjh8402

        @stratos and CJinSD – In Fiats defense, look at the vehicle they are trying to style. The only crossover/cute utes that even come close to being “attractive” are the Renegade and Patriot, and only because they benefit from the Jeep legacy look. Otherwise, they are all a bunch of blobs. There’s not much you can do to make such an akward vehicle design sleek sultry or stylish. Again, the only look that really work, is the utilitarian rugged boxy Jeep look, and that’s not a design language I normally think of Italians exceeding at. Fiat sells some pretty homely looking vehicles in Italy. Hell, I’d say the Promaster in either Ram or Fiat trim is a face only it’s mother could love.

  • avatar
    RHD

    If the article stated that this was a Kia variant of the new Sorento, it would be entirely believable.

  • avatar
    heavy handle

    The ultrawide distortion doesn’t do this car any favors. Maybe we should wait to see it on the street, or at least wait for somebody to take a shot from further back.

    I know they didn’t use a fisheye lens, but it feels that way. In one shot it’s got a huge front end, and the back is tiny, and in the reverse shot the back is huge and the front is tiny. The front and back are only 14 feet apart, so you need an ultrawide lens to get that effect.

  • avatar
    bkmurph

    I like it! It’s like a slightly larger, jacked-up Nissa Micra (which, alas, Nissan won’t sell in the United States).

  • avatar
    wstarvingteacher

    I like it and hope it’s available when my current car is ready to be retired. I’m a hopeless fan of five doors.

  • avatar
    kojoteblau

    Liking it so far, much better looking than the oddly shaped L. Hoping it’s at the LA show next month so I can decide if it should be in my driveway next to its smaller two-door brother.


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