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Fiat 500X on sale in early 2015

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After unveiling its latest model, the 500X, at October’s Paris motor show, the new crossover model is expected to reach showrooms early next year.

The compact SUV will do battle with the popular Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, and will appeal to families who want the high-driving position of a full-sized off-roader, but without the high running costs and sheer size in congested urban driving.

Trim levels are carried over from the rest of the Fiat 500 range, which now not only includes the regular supermini and convertible variant, but also the larger Fiat 500L, which in itself is a crossover model. They include the familiar Pop, Popstar and Lounge grades.

Where the 500X differs is that it will be offered two distinct specs: one aimed at city dwellers who don’t want to change out of a chic 500 just because their needs have grown, and a separate 500X ‘Cross’ which will be available with four-wheel-drive and come with protective body trim for people who intend to take their car off-road from time to time.

At launch, buyers will have a choice of three petrol and three diesel engine options. In the petrol camp there is a 109bhp 1.6-litre unit, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, and a 138bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre with six gears. Both are offered in front-wheel-drive-guise only, though there is a 168bhp version of the 1.4-litre motor that comes with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive.

Diesels range from the 95bhp 1.3-litre – again available solely with a five-speed manual ’box – and 120bhp 1.6-litre and 140bhp 2.0-litre models, both of which are available solely in the 500X Cross variant.

Prices are yet to be confirmed, though they are expected to be similar to those of the 500L, with entry-level models costing around £16,500, rising to over £25,000 for range-topping models.

Author: Daljinder Nagra

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