Built alongside the Jeep at Fiat's plant in Melfi, Italy, the 500X is due to go on sale by summer here in the U.S., wearing a base price of $20,900, including destination.
The new Fiat crossover runs with Renegade mechanicals underneath, including a choice between a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a normally aspirated 2.4-liter four. The former puts out 160 horsepower, the latter, 180 hp. Jeep predicts both versions will have EPA highway fuel-economy ratings of more than 30 mpg.
Prices will stairstep through five different trim levels. The base edition is dubbed Pop; Easy ($23,200) and Lounge ($25,750) editions wear more urbane trim, while the Trekking ($24,000) and Trekking Plus ($28,000) editions are styled with a slightly more rugged demeanor, with their own front and rear end looks and more metallic trim.
A nine-speed automatic will be standard on all versions. All-wheel drive will be a $1,900 option. A Dynamic Selector gives drives a choice between the 500X's behavior between normal, sport, and Traction+ modes.
Safety features will be among the most advanced of any Fiat-branded-vehicle sold here; they'll include forward-collision warnings with full-stop braking, lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitors, and a rearview camera.
Other features will include touchscreen audio, Bluetooth audio streaming, pushbutton and remote start, and heated front seats and steering wheel.
Stay tuned--we'll have first-drive impressions on the 500X for you soon.