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Monday, November 26, 2018

Redesigned Fiat 500X Debuts in USA

2019 Fiat 500X

Fiat debuts the 2019 Fiat 500X this week at the 2018 LA Auto Show. The new 500X has been redesigned, and offers numerous detail changes to make the car even more enjoyable to drive and live with. The 2019 500X is available in three trim levels:Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus. Gone for 2019 is the option of getting a 500X with front-wheel-drive. Now, all 500X models will be all-wheel-drive.

Fiat 500X Pop Concept
2019 Fiat 500X Pop. European car shown as representative image. LED headlights are not available on Pop models

Mechanically, the big news is the introduction of the new 1.3 Liter MultiAir III Turbo engine and the retiring of the 2.4L Tigershark engine used on previous AWD 500X models. This engine is from Fiat's new Firefly engine series that pushes engine design forward a couple of generations compared to the previously FIRE (Fully Integrated Robotized Engine) engine series. Key features of the new engine are excellent performance and NVH, high torque output and great gas mileage all while meeting ever tightening emission standards.

Firefly Engine Highlights

Design features include 4 cylinders, Direct injection, a 16 valve head with timing chain driven camshaft, aluminum construction with cast-in iron cylinders and Fiat's MultiAir III engine management system. MultiAir III is the latest version of Fiat's award winning technology that is best described as variable valve-timing on steroids. This new version allows the reduction of the real compression ratio by delaying valve closure, controlling knock and substantially improving fuel efficiency even at the highest loads. Turbocharger peak boost pressure is 2.7 bar / 39.7 psi.

1.3L Firefly Turbo

This smaller 1.3L outperforms the 2.4L by a wide margin. The 1.3L Firefly Turbo puts out 177hp @ 5,500rpm and arguably more important, a generous torque output of 210 lb.-ft. @ 2,200rpm. This compares to 180 hp @ 6,400 rpm and 175 lb.-ft. @ 3,900 rpm for the larger 2.4L engine. The 2019 500X now boasts the most engine torque in its class. This should improve and enhance low engine RPM drivability of the 500X when driving around in its higher gear ranges.

The 1.3L Firefly Turbo replaces the 1.4L MultiAir Turbo used in FWD 500X models of years passed. Expect the Firefly engine range to filter into the rest of the Fiat lineup. Look for the new 2019 Fiat 500X to hit showrooms this Spring.

Fiat 500X Pop Concept Rear

Below, we've put together some key comparisons between the new 2019 Fiat 500X and previous generation. After the comparison, we have the full press release with all the details on the new 500X for you to enjoy.

2019 Fiat 500X New Features

Fiat 500X Trekking Front Fascia

The 2019 Fiat 500X features a subtlety redesigned front fascia. Comparing the 2016 500X front fascia shown below to the 2019 model, the most obvious change is the shape of the fog lights, which are now round instead of rhomboid and the new optional LED headlights. There are other detail changes, too, like how the sides of the faux push-bar now extends below the fascia and the bottom vents being more streamlined and less prominent.

2016 Fiat 500X front fascia
The 2016 Fiat 500X fascia.

2019 Fiat 500X Headlights

The 2019 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus models come standard with LED headlights which are optional on the base Trekking model. These powerful headlights provide daylight-like illumination and are 20% brighter than the Xenon lights the 500X came with in Europe, yet consume five times less energy than traditional halogen lights. Other benefits of the 500X's LED headlights are reduced eye fatigue, as well as a wider vision area.

Fiat 500X bi-halogen headlights

2016-18 Fiat 500X headlight were a bi-halogen projector beam design. Bi-halogen headlights are carried over and are standard on 2019 Pop and Trekking models.

2019 Fiat 500X LED Tail Lights

All 2019 500X models get new, LED tail lights.

2016 Fiat 500X Tail lights

The previous 500X used this style taillight.

New 500X Alloy Wheel

The 2019 500X wears new alloy wheels that resemble the look of the previous generation's wheel. The new wheels have a simpler, yet still attractive design.

Former 500X Alloy Wheel

The previous alloy wheel used on Trekking Plus models. Interestingly, it looks like the center cap is the same on both the new and older wheels.

2019 Fiat 500X Dashboard
More subtle changes for 2019 are a body colored dashboard on base Trekking models. In previous years, Trekking models all had the matte accent dash panel shown below. This year, only Trekking Plus models will come with the matte dashboard.

Former 500X dashboard

New 500X instrument cluster

New for 2019 is a redesigned instrument cluster that is easier to read with clearer graphics and fonts.

Old 500X instrument cluster

Instrumentation from the 2016 - 2018 500X.

Comparison of 500X instrument clusters
Side by side comparison of the old and new 500X instrument cluster.

New 500X Steering Wheel

A new, redesigned steering wheel has been recontoured for better positioning of the driver's hands. Gone is the flat-bottomed steering wheel. The wheel's design theme features bright trim and is similar to the one used on the 500L MPV and the redesigned 500 hatch and Cabrio models sold outside the USA.

Former 500X Steering Wheel

Comparing the 2019 500X steering wheel with the previous year's design, the new model's bright trim gives the car a more sophisticated and upmarket feel.

Below is the full press release on the 2019 Fiat 500X:

FIAT Introduces New 2019 500X for North American Market

2019 Fiat 500X Trekking

All-wheel-drive Crossover Features All-new Fuel-efficient Turbo Engine, Enhanced Italian Design and Innovative Technology

• New 2019 Fiat 500X powered by all-new 1.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine, which boasts 177 horsepower and a best-in-class torque rating of 210 lb.-ft.
o Standard-equipped inline four-cylinder engine features engine stop-start (ESS) technology and FCA-exclusive MultiAir III valve actuation, both of which contribute to improved fuel efficiency and emissions reduction
• Standard all-wheel drive delivers strong performance and capability for multiple terrains
• New 2019 Fiat 500X, delivering classic Italian style, is refined with new front and rear fascia, LED daytime running lights and rear tail lamps, and available LED headlamps with 20 percent greater lighting capability
• Three all-new wheel options: 17-inch silver aluminum wheel (Trekking), 17-inch matte black machined wheel (Trekking Plus) and 18-inch matte anthracite machined aluminum wheel (Trekking and Trekking Plus models)
• New exterior paint colors: Italia Blue, Vibrante Green and Milano Ivory
• Interior provides comfortable seating for five and features new premium seating fabrics, steering wheel and redesigned driver cluster gauges
• Advanced technology includes standard Uconnect 4 with 7-inch touchscreen radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; navigation; Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice command and streaming audio; and SiriusXM Radio
• Nearly 70 safety and security features that now include Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Park Assist
• New 2019 Fiat 500X available in three model configurations – Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus
• Starting U.S. MSRP of $25,785 (including destination) and will arrive in FIAT studios in the spring of 2019

November 26, 2018, Auburn Hills, Mich. - Powered by an all-new, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine and wrapped in head-turning Italian design, the new 2019 Fiat 500X will debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2019 Fiat 500X features an all-new, standard-equipped 1.3-liter turbocharged engine with the latest iteration of the FCA exclusive MultiAir (called MultiAir III) valve-actuation technology, engine stop-start (ESS) technology and best-in-class torque. Also standard are a nine-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system with a disconnecting rear axle that contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

In addition to new front and rear fascia designs, the new small FIAT crossover will offer nearly 70 safety and security features that will now include Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Park Assist.

2019 Fiat 500X Trekking Rear

“Our new Italian-designed, fun-to-drive 2019 Fiat 500X comes standard with an all-new, fuel-efficient 1.3-liter turbocharged engine that generates best-in-class torque,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The new 2019 Fiat 500X also features standard all-wheel-drive capability tailored to handle multiple climates and road conditions.”

Available in three model configurations – Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus, the new 2019 Fiat 500X is manufactured in Italy at the Melfi assembly plant.

Starting at $25,785 U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), including destination, the FIAT brand’s new small crossover will arrive in FIAT studios in the spring of 2019.

1.3L Firefly Turbo

All-new 1.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine promises fun and improved fuel efficiency
Power in the 2019 Fiat 500X comes from an all-new, standard-equipment 1.3-liter direct-injection four-cylinder turbocharged engine featuring a 70 mm bore and 86.5 mm stroke for a total displacement of 1,332 cc. Engine performance includes 177 horsepower and a best-in-class peak torque rating of 210 lb.-ft.

The all-new engine’s attributes are not limited to the realm of performance. The engine benefits from the latest iteration of an FCA-exclusive third-generation MultiAir valve-actuation technology, which further optimizes combustion efficiency through its unique control of intake-valve opening and timing.

2019 Fiat 500X 1.3L Turbo Engine

MultiAir III accommodates low-load efficiency through advance opening of the intake valves, which enables exhaust-gas recycling. When the driver demands more power, MultiAir III reduces compression ratios by delaying valve closure, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency while also controlling knock.

Additional features of the all-new 1.3-liter inline-four, a key member of a global engine family includes:
• ESS technology, further benefiting fuel efficiency and contributing to emissions reduction
• Low-inertia turbocharger with electronically controlled wastegate actuator
• Lightweight, cast-aluminum block with cast-in iron liners and integrated aluminum bedplate
• Four-valve cylinder head with high-turbulence intake

Nine-speed transmission
The Fiat 500X’s nine-speed automatic transmission provides a more responsive driving experience with quicker acceleration and smoother shifting.

For improved driving comfort and refinement, the transmission control system closely monitors temperature, speed and electronic stability control (ESC) activation. More than 20 individual shift maps for specific conditions optimize shift quality and shift points for improved fuel efficiency, performance and drivability. The result is automatic shifting ideally tuned to the performance requirements of almost any driving demand.

The fully electronic nine-speed automatic also features on-the-fly shift-map changing with Auto Stick manual-shift capability.

A unique set of four overdrive ratios improve highway fuel efficiency and reduce overall NVH levels.

Fiat 500X Trekking

Engaging driving dynamics
The 2019 Fiat 500X features engaging driving dynamics with superior ride and handling. A tuned electric power steering (EPS) system provides enhanced handling and improved fuel efficiency, while superior torsional rigidity and NVH applications deliver an exceptionally quiet cabin.

An extensive use of high-strength steel reinforces the vehicle’s dynamics and crashworthiness, while optimizing weight for maximum fuel efficiency. The independent front MacPherson strut suspension features lightweight, optimally sized components for nimble dynamics and quiet performance. The isolated rear cradle provides a quieter and smoother ride.

Fiat 500X Trekking Rear

The 2019 Fiat 500X also features Koni frequency selective damping (FSD) front strut and rear shock absorbers to deliver improved road-holding and handling characteristics. In addition, the Koni FSD system actively filters out high-frequency suspension inputs from uneven road surfaces and adjusts for comfort and smoothness while maintaining excellent ride control.

Now standard, the all-wheel-drive system uses a disconnecting rear axle to improve fuel efficiency by reducing parasitic loss when all-wheel drive is not needed.

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Dynamic Selector System
The Fiat Dynamic Selector System offers three customized modes for optimal driving performance.

The driver can select the most suitable vehicle configuration for different driving conditions:
• 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 assistance on steering and a shift point optimized for low carbon dioxide emissions
• Sport: The engine calibration converts for a sportier feel and is tuned for a faster driving response through ESC and steering adjustments. With all-wheel drive, this mode optimizes the driveline calibration 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

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Iconic Italian design

2019 Fiat 500X Trekking Rear

The Fiat 500X leverages the iconic Cinquecento’s DNA to deliver classic Italian style and additional ground clearance with 17- or 18-inch wheels.

New 500X LED Lighting

The 2019 Fiat 500X has a refreshed exterior with new front and rear fascia designs, available LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps.

New available headlamps with LED technology complements the unmistakable Fiat 500 style and provides 20 percent greater lighting capability compared with the previous model. Visibility is considerably improved and consumes five times less energy than traditional halogen lights.

New LED headlamps also cover a wider vision area: at a speed of up to 56 miles per hour (mph), obstacles are spotted up to 4 seconds sooner – nearly 330 feet prior than with the standard halogen units.

Additional new key design features for the vehicle include a stylish, high-tech LED signature strip around the front light module, providing the front of the new 500X a clear and distinctive visual identity. In addition, new rear LED tail lamps add a signature element that stands out on the road and increases visibility and safety.

The Fiat 500X’s dual-pane sunroof (available on all model configurations) offers a power-sliding panoramic roof, with side glass panels that match with the body-side sheet metal for an open and spacious effect.

For 2019, three new exterior paint colors (Italia Blue, Vibrante Green and Milano Ivory Tri-coat) complement its wide variety of 12 available paint color options.

New 500X 18-inch Alloy Wheel

Consumers also have three all-new wheel options, including a 17-inch silver aluminum wheel on Trekking models, 17-inch matte black machined wheel on Trekking Plus models plus an 18-inch matte anthracite machined aluminum wheel for Trekking and Trekking Plus models.

New 500X Dashboard

The 2019 Fiat 500X adds a refreshed cockpit that includes new premium cloth seating fabrics that provide unmistakable Italian style, additional space and utility plus comfortable seating for five.

New 500X Interior

A new instrument cluster is featured with easy-to-read graphics and maintains its arrangement into three stylish circular elements providing the perfect blend of vintage looks and modern technology. Two analogue dials with a speedometer and tachometers are arranged on the sides, while the 3.5-inch reconfigurable thin-film transistor (TFT) display in the middle provides key information to the driver in a simple and straightforward manner.

New 500X Steering Wheel

A new steering wheel is contoured to ensure better positioning of the driver's hands for perfect grip. The wheel features premium Techno-leather upholstery, as well as mounted radio controls to ensure safe driving at all times. The ergonomic passenger compartment also contributes to a comfortable and relaxed experience with easy-to-reach controls, gear-shift position and convenient front armrest.

New 500X with Car Play

Safety and security
The Fiat 500X offers nearly 70 available safety and security features, including new available Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Park Assist for added passenger convenience and protection.

Adaptive Cruise Control can be activated for automatic reduction of the set speed when the vehicle is approaching the vehicle ahead in the same lane, or when another vehicle moves into the same lane. Adaptive Cruise Control returns to the set speed when the vehicle in front accelerates or moves to another lane. It also keeps the car at the distance from the vehicle ahead set by the driver. It operates from a speed of 19 mph. With Front Park Assist, at low speeds ultrasonic sensors in the bumper detect stationary objects. If the system detects a collision is imminent, it sounds an audio warning and automatically triggers a brief brake pulse.

The Fiat 500X is supplemented with both active and passive safety and security features, including Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, ESC with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags.

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Fourth-generation Uconnect systems
The 2019 Fiat 500X offers advanced technology, including standard Uconnect 4 with 7-inch touchscreen radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; available navigation; Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice command and streaming audio; and available SiriusXM Radio. The available BeatsAudio premium sound system includes eight speakers and a subwoofer for studio-quality sound.
• Apple CarPlay enables iPhone users to access Apple Maps, Messages, phone and Apple Music through Siri Voice control or the Uconnect touchscreen
• Android Auto enables easy and safe access to Google voice search, Google Maps and Google Play Music via the Uconnect 7-inch touchscreen or steering-wheel controls
• Uconnect 4 system includes performance improvements with a faster start-up time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, plus higher resolution and sharper graphics

Model lineup
The new 2019 Fiat 500X is available in three model configurations: Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus.

European model shown as representative image. LED headlights are not available on Pop models.

Starting at $25,785, the Fiat 500X Pop includes an abundance of content at a significant value. Standard features include the all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine producing 177 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of best-in-class torque with ESS technology mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Drivers will be able to conquer multiple road surfaces and conditions with standard all-wheel-drive capability and the Dynamic Selector System optimal for the appropriate drive settings. Hill-start Assist and Electronic Roll Mitigation technology instill driving confidence within a range of conditions and scenarios that drivers may incur.

Classic Italian style is complemented with 17-inch silver aluminum wheels and chrome exterior accents, projector headlamps and new LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps, plus power and heated mirrors with turn signals.

Inside, new cloth seats and fold-flat front passenger seats add comfort plus 60/40 split folding rear seats that increase cargo capacity. A new leatherette steering wheel and gear-shift knob add a premium appearance with a tilt-and-telescoping steering column for ergonomic comfort.

The new 2019 Fiat 500X Pop receives the latest Uconnect system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which include easy-to-use features, enhanced processing power, faster start-up times on a 7-inch touchscreen that displays high-resolution graphics.

Six-speaker audio provides amplified sound quality and dual USB ports in the front and rear center consoles, plus charging and data upload functionality that enables drivers and passengers to enjoy their favorite multi-media content.

Additional standard safety and technology features include a security system, speed control, tire-inflator kit, remote start and ParkView rear backup camera.

New Fiat 500X Trekking

Starting at $27,290, the Fiat 500X Trekking builds on the Pop model and adds a rugged front fascia with black grille and metallic surround, as well as a rear fascia that includes a metallic appearance. Deep tint sunscreen glass adds to the aggressive look plus automatic headlamps and cornering front fog lamps provide improved visibility.

Adding to Trekking’s adventurous look are metallic door handles and a 17-inch silver aluminum wheel.

Trekking interior features include front and rear premium quilted cloth seats, leatherette door-trim inserts and a multi-position cargo shelf panel for storage convenience. A 3.5-inch color TFT cluster screen provides easy navigation for vehicle information and settings.

Trekking customers also can enjoy a free 12-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio.

Trekking Plus
At the top of the 500X lineup is the new Trekking Plus model. Starting at $30,490, it adds additional premium Trekking content and style that includes 17-inch matte black machined aluminum wheels, chrome daylight opening (DLO) molding and LED projector headlamps.

Inside, Trekking Plus models include eight-way, heated and leather power seats with four-way lumbar support. A blushed console and door-trim accents further highlight the refined and premium cabin. Cargo storage also is enhanced with driver seat-back pockets and is protected with a rear cargo compartment cover. Interior visibility also is enhanced from overhead ambient lighting and door courtesy lamps illuminating side panels and cargo spaces.

Trekking Plus models receive the latest generation Uconnect 4 infotainment system with 7-inch touch screen and navigation radio that offer turn-by-turn navigation directions with outstanding sound from the eight-speaker audio system.

Trekking Plus drivers and passengers will enjoy peace of mind and comfort from the latest advanced safety and technology features, including ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist along with climate-controlled dual-zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) and an automatic windshield defroster. An electrochromic rearview mirror offers automatic dimming capability for daylight/twilight driving.

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Source and Images: FCA

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