Snapshot: Italian car maker Fiat’s latest product based on the 500 (Small US Wide) platform is the 500X crossover. The Fiat 500 range has been steadily expanding to address new buyer segments. The Fiat 500X will hit production later this year at the Italian automaker’s Meifi factory in Italy. The crossover will also share its underpinnings with a compact Jeep SUV, speculated to be named the Jeepster.
Interestingly, Fiat India had made positive noises about launching both the 500X crossover (2016) and the Jeepster SUV (2015) in Indian car market over the next couple of years. While the Jeepster was originally slated to hit Indian shores next year, the whole uncertainty surrounding Brand Jeep’s India entry has created a cloud over the compact SUV’s arrival into the Indian market.
Coming back to the Fiat 500X, patent drawings of the crossover that have surfaced onto the interweb indicate that the vehicle will be a butch looking version of the Fiat 500L large hatchback, replete with additional body cladding and a higher ground clearance. The 500X will measure 4.2 meters in length and will be Fiat’s challenger to the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster in various markets of the world.
The Fiat 500X will share its engines and transmissions with the 500L hatchback, and will offer seating capacity for 5 adults. While the Fiat 500X will share the Small US Wide platform with the Jeepster, both models are said to be as different as chalk to cheese. While the Fiat 500X will be a raised hatchback, with a distinct stance of a crossover, the Jeepster is said to embody the rugged, offroading genes of the Jeep brand with styling and a 4X4 system to boot.
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