The Fiat 500X that recently debuted at the LA Auto Show brings Italian design and world-class substance to the crossover segment. Representing the culmination of 2.5 million hours of engineering, 500,000 hours of lab testing and 5 million kilometers of on the road testing in the most extreme conditions, the Fiat 500X delivers unmatched personalization options and an unprecedented array of safety and security features.
Additionally, the Fiat 500X offers a powerful and capable drivetrain that includes a 2.4 Liter MultiAir 2 Tigershark engine, and a segment exclusive 9 speed ZF automatic gearbox available with three different traction systems - two-wheel drive, two-wheel drive with Traction Plus and a leading edge four-wheel drive system. The following images will better acquaint you with the Fiat 500X and just some of what it offers.
The Fiat 500X Trekking is available in 12 colors including this tri-coat red, and the tri-coat yellow and matte bronze shown above. You can tell Trekking models by what Fiat calls a "Body color fascia with graphite and chrome “rugged design” accent."
The dashboard on 500X Pop, Easy and Lounge models are normally finished in body color. This particular 500X has been customized by Mopar with a contrasting red dash panel that matches the red trim accents.
The interior of the 500X is designed to be a place you want to spend a lot of time in and is filled with plenty of storage space. There are two glove box compartments to stow the usual paraphernalia one accumulates during car ownership.
The front seats of the Fiat 500X are broad and comfortable. Side bolstering is pronounced but not intrusive.
Front passenger seats are six-way manually adjustable, including for height. Top lever folds the seat back forward for easy access to the rear.
Front passenger seat of the 500X folded forward. Note the storage pockets on the seat back for rear seat passengers.
Another view of the rear seats folded down. Note the rear seats fold flush with the rear trunk floor.
The Fiat 500X has 18.5 cu ft of trunk room and expands up to 50.8 cu ft with the rear seats folded forward.
The standard driver's seat of the 500X is six-way manually adjustable, including height. An eight-way power seat including four-way power lumbar power support is available as part of a package.
Another view of the driver seat area. The steering column tilts and telescopes and guarantees an excellent driving position.
Automatic headlamps are standard on Trekking and Lounge models. Automatic highbeam headlamps are an additional option available on these two models.
A leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls is standard on all models except the Pop. Trip computer controls are steering wheel mounted on all versions. Additionally, a heated steering wheel is standard on the Lounge and Trekking Plus and part of an optional package on 500X Easy and Trekking models.
"Keyless Enter and Go" includes keyless start and is standard on all 500X models except the Pop.
Navigation and radio screen is prominently displayed so the driver doesn't have to take their eyes off the road.
Center console houses the electric parking brake, ubiquitous cup holders, auto trans shifter and Dynamic Driving Mode selector. Forward of the shifter is a storage compartment complete with an electric power outlet just visible in the corner.
The Driving Dynamic Selector allows driver to chose between three different settings:
- Auto: The basic mode calibrated for everyday driving and designed to ensure optimal fuel efficiency, low emissions and driving comfort. This is achieved with a smoother engine calibration, higher servo assistance on steering and a shift point optimized for low CO2 emissions.
- Sport: The engine calibration converts for a sportier feel and is tuned for a faster driving response through electronic stability control and steering calibrations. With all-wheel drive, this mode optimizes the transmission for lateral dynamics.
- Traction +: A specifically calibrated mode maximizes low-speed traction with low friction and off-road surfaces by providing additional wheel slip through specially tuned chassis controls and a more direct engine response.
The Fiat 500X features stylish door panels with soft feel inserts including padded armrests. Large door pockets will accommodate a water bottle. Speakers are prominent with careful thought to positioning for best sound reproduction. Front and rear power windows have one touch up and down controls.
Rear door panels continue the front panel's attractive theme and also contain door pockets with bottle holder.
The 1.4L MultiAir Turbo engine used in various Fiats like the 500 Abarth and 500L MPV is available only on Pop models and only with two-wheel drive. All other 500X models come with the 2.4L TigerShark engine with MultiAir 2. MultiAir technology lowers tailpipe emissions, increases fuel economy all while boosting performance, especially at part throttle settings. The second generation MultiAir 2 system has additional refinements that further lower exhaust emissions while improving the fun to drive factor.
The highlight of the updated MultiAir 2 is the improvement of the Exhaust Gas Recirculation system (EGR). An EGR system sends exhaust gas into the combustion chamber at certain periods of time to lower emissions. However, it can have an adverse effect on driveability because exhaust gas does not burn and reduces peak pressures inside the combustion chamber.*
Unlike other cars with conventional EGR systems, MultiAir 2 can more precisely regulate the amount of EGR in the cylinder because it can decouple and open the intake valves independently from the cam lobe allowing the engine to have internal EGR. Valve opening has been optimized to precisely meter the amount of exhaust gas recirculated in the combustion chamber through valve overlap. The results help the 2.4L TigerShark engine achieve a lively, fun to drive character.
Headlight on the 500X is a bi-halogen design. European models have a Xenon light option that is not currently being offered on North American models.
All Fiat 500X models have a remote keyless/illuminated entry feature. Satin-chrome finish door handles and trim are standard on Trekking models.
Heated and power adjustable mirrors with supplemental turn signal lamps are standard equipment across the range. North American 500X models don't get the folding mirrors used in Europe.
This post showed just some of what the Fiat 500X has to offer. For example, there are 70 safety and security features available including pages of standard equipment. You can read all about them in the following posts.
Fiat 500X Safety Features
Fiat 500X Full Features and Options
Fiat 500X Overview Video
Fiat 500X Design Explained
Fiat 500X Photo Album
Discuss on the Fiat 500X USA Forum
2016 Fiat 500X Full Specifications
2016 Fiat 500X Engineering
2016 Fiat 500X Overview and Design
*P. SaiChaitanya et al. Int. Journal of Engineering Research and Applications
Conventional Exhaust Gas Recirculation System