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Fiat500USA
10-02-2014, 06:31 AM
Fiat500USA.com Has Just Posted the Following:

The long awaited Fiat 500X crossover made its debut today at the Paris Auto
show. The stylish Fiat 500X was designed by Fiat Centro Stile in Italy to be
elegant, athletic and to offer high performance. The new 500X will be offered in
two versions: one that is geared towards the urban sophisticated type and the
other the active, outdoor individual...



Read about it here... (http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Fiat500USA/~3/ZVo_VlX6nVo/fiat-500x-introduction.html)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e3ImNrJ2wcw/VC0tlyhv1EI/AAAAAAAAWjE/i8m2r6bC67c/s500/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%20(10).jpg

Fiat500USA
10-02-2014, 07:52 AM
Another image of the Fiat 500X!

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-24ivZEEeHFs/VC0tLbsHVUI/AAAAAAAAWik/8KjgMmvcHWo/s640/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25284%2529.jpg

Fiat500USA
10-02-2014, 08:09 AM
Fiat 500X Interior:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-uDKQREecjHg/VC0tO6hceEI/AAAAAAAAWis/rumHUeotO_Y/s640/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25281%2529.jpg

Haring
10-02-2014, 08:36 AM
I love the look of it but I have this feeling people will complain about how easy they are to break into. Looks like you can just smash that little front window, reach in, and then unlock the door.

Fiat500USA
10-02-2014, 08:43 AM
Another interior shot of the Fiat 500X:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-904FITK-UBc/VC0tR_a7PRI/AAAAAAAAWi0/QAOvEuVHybM/s640/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25287%2529.jpg

Fiat500USA
10-02-2014, 09:29 AM
Rear image of the Fiat 500X:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-xvIwg-w8u1k/VC0uBihLgrI/AAAAAAAAWjs/bJZOdY4jTAk/s800/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25288%2529.jpg

boostaddict
10-02-2014, 09:34 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxlAKqRAY5Q

sjmst
10-02-2014, 10:56 AM
Love it. Will sell. I wonder if they will even bother keeping the "L" in the line up?

Andree
10-02-2014, 11:01 AM
Another interior shot of the Fiat 500X:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-904FITK-UBc/VC0tR_a7PRI/AAAAAAAAWi0/QAOvEuVHybM/s640/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25287%2529.jpg

Ahhhhhh, is that my beloved black and tan with a tan exterior? Very stylish! The exterior shots of the tan look to be glossy, not metallic, I hope it's the Mocha Latte color. Looks like it in the video!

Looks like they picked up the contrast edging too, a nice touch. And the body color dash, at least if you have the tan/tan-black combo.

And is that a vent window? Does it open? I hope it is and does!

Video shows a nice brown interior too, with the ivory edging. Is the first one shown the "matte" color?

Very excited to see the Brake Assist. I think that will be a real accident avoider/preventer. The lane change things are good, so is the backup camera.

Hope they made/make a red/ivory combo interior. And red/black.

They look more upscale, at least the black/tan interior does, and I'm wondering about the price. I suppose there will be a wide range of prices and options in the 500x too. Looking forward to reading more about it!

Andree
10-02-2014, 11:14 AM
I love the look of it but I have this feeling people will complain about how easy they are to break into. Looks like you can just smash that little front window, reach in, and then unlock the door.

Er, if criminals are smashing windows, it won't matter what kind of window is on the side. We had some car break-ins in our area, and the lack of a little window didn't stop them from breaking the big window.

zvez
10-02-2014, 11:39 AM
I like it! and will they come out with an Abarth version??????

Andree
10-02-2014, 11:53 AM
Love the lower reflectors on the back. Those are a necessity these days, since all the tail lights have been mounted higher. Need something that reflects headlamps, which the high ones won't.

Glad to see the mirror mounted turn signals. Puts the signals up where people can see them, if they happen to be near the car going the same way. If you're in someone's blind spot, you often won't see their rear end and those turn signals. The mirror mounted ones are high and should be visible to anyone alongside.

Cargo space is nice. For some reason, with the expansive interior, it didn't look like there would be any cargo space at all. But in the video, when the fellow opens up the hatch, I thought "Where did all of that space come from?"

Serious luggage or groceries can be put in there.

Andree
10-02-2014, 12:19 PM
Love it. Will sell. I wonder if they will even bother keeping the "L" in the line up?

I hope they do. The L has such great window space, and can be had with the glass roof. It really opens up a vehicle. I love window space, being able to see out, all around.

And I'd guess that the X will be more expensive than the L, even at entry levels. There needs to be a vehicle in there that has the seating for five, but has a lower starting price.

For the same reasons I argued for 4wd, I will argue for 2wd and less expensive. Not everyone needs 4wd, or a larger and more expensive vehicle.

Fiat wants to be a leader in "how to do small in the best way possible". Small, stylish, capable, with a car in there for everyone. The 500x they believe will be the mainstream vehicle. That's the one people won't say "no" to. It's big enough to carry the people, big enough to carry the luggage, big enough for people who shy away from "small" vehicles. But not so big that it becomes a behemoth taking up two parking spaces in width, sticks out in length, or requires a gas guzzling engine.

It has the two main looks, one for city, one for off-road. And it has the 4wd available, necessary or preferred by so many people in cold weather regions.

The L currently doesn't have the 4wd, but for many it is not a necessity. Not having the 4wd keeps the car price lower overall. And they have the one engine, which powers the vehicle adequately. Another cost saving move for the North American market.

We won't get the full range of engines here in the US on the X, anymore than we did with the L. But I'm hoping for SOME choices on the X. One that's easy on the gas. And one that's a little more powerful for towing or off roading.

And it's nice to have choices, sizes. The 500L is already too big for me, having to go from the 500 to the 500x as the next size up would be too much. Range of sizes is very good.

Fiat500USA
10-02-2014, 05:51 PM
Another image of the Fiat 500X "Lounge" version:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-uQhO7odpIV8/VC0ttSKa9wI/AAAAAAAAWjM/tF5jHshPxn0/s800/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25283%2529.jpg


Fiat 500X "Sport" version

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-24ivZEEeHFs/VC0tLbsHVUI/AAAAAAAAWik/8KjgMmvcHWo/s800/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25284%2529.jpg


Which do you prefer?

Fiat500USA
10-02-2014, 06:00 PM
Ahhhhhh, is that my beloved black and tan with a tan exterior? Very stylish! The exterior shots of the tan look to be glossy, not metallic, I hope it's the Mocha Latte color. Looks like it in the video!

Looks like they picked up the contrast edging too, a nice touch. And the body color dash, at least if you have the tan/tan-black combo.

And is that a vent window? Does it open? I hope it is and does!

Video shows a nice brown interior too, with the ivory edging. Is the first one shown the "matte" color?

Very excited to see the Brake Assist. I think that will be a real accident avoider/preventer. The lane change things are good, so is the backup camera.

Hope they made/make a red/ivory combo interior. And red/black.

They look more upscale, at least the black/tan interior does, and I'm wondering about the price. I suppose there will be a wide range of prices and options in the 500x too. Looking forward to reading more about it!

Thought of you when I saw the interior combination! The car in the video should be matte bronze. The brake assist is standard on all 500s sold in this country. bigok The US cars get all the bells and whistles.

Andree
10-02-2014, 06:01 PM
Another image of the Fiat 500X "Lounge" version:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-uQhO7odpIV8/VC0ttSKa9wI/AAAAAAAAWjM/tF5jHshPxn0/s800/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25283%2529.jpg


Fiat 500X "Sport" version

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-24ivZEEeHFs/VC0tLbsHVUI/AAAAAAAAWik/8KjgMmvcHWo/s800/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25284%2529.jpg


Which do you prefer?

Lounge. I like the tan. I like the spoke wheel style. I wanted the spoke wheel style for my regular 500 Lounge. And if the Lounge interior is the black and tan beige Mocha interior that has the stitched (?) stripes, I like that too.

I probably wouldn't need the 4wd, or any of the plate things that might go on the underside. Don't need roof rails. Would like a sun roof or glass roof though. With the shade. Ala 500L. Got to have something that vents! With the sunroof, would like the roof painted black, to blend in the sunroof.

Andree
10-02-2014, 06:14 PM
Thought of you when I saw the interior combination! The car in the video should be matte bronze. The brake assist is standard on all 500s sold in this country. bigok The US cars get all the bells and whistles.

I just love that black and tan! It's neutral, yet has contrast to keep it from being boring. Completely different "tan" than the British Tan that goes with the British Racing Green. It's more coffee and cream beige. Hence Mocha Latte.

Darn good looking interior. Exterior looking good with the tan.

I realize I have the major bias for the beige/tan shades. I know everyone doesn't get as excited as I do about that color, but what can I say? Every car I've seen in that color range has looked superb. In my opinion.

I'll volunteer to drive around a Mocha Latte 500x with the mocha/black interior, to make sure it's okay for people with bad backs. For scientific reasons, of course.

Andree
10-02-2014, 06:18 PM
P.S. The Sport version has an Abarth feeling to the front.

Fiat500USA
10-02-2014, 11:39 PM
they mention "athletic and high performance" for one model, how is this attained?
One model is using a 2.4L engine and there is a sequential shift manual mode for the 9-speed trans plus a Sport setting on the Drive Mood Selector.

spotman
10-03-2014, 12:02 AM
I like the sport edition, how long before they get here? I might see a trade in , in my future. Maybe.....

Fiat500USA
10-03-2014, 12:17 AM
I like the sport edition, how long before they get here? I might see a trade in , in my future. Maybe.....

Looks like the second quarter of next year: http://www.fiat500usa.com/2014/10/fiat-500x-introduction.html?m=1

PiZ
10-03-2014, 03:12 AM
Nice spot ! :clap:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcc62nrl9Y" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcc62nrl9Y


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcc62nrl9Y)

Fiat500USA
10-03-2014, 08:57 AM
Nice spot ! :clap:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcc62nrl9Y" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcc62nrl9Y


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcc62nrl9Y)

Hi PiZ! Great to hear from you! You guys at FGA did a nice job on the 500X over there! bigclap

PiZ
10-03-2014, 09:17 AM
Hi PiZ! Great to hear from you! You guys at FGA did a nice job on the 500X over there! bigclap

Hi Chris, thanks !
Did you have the chance to drive an Alfa 4C ? It's been a long time since my last post.... :-)

Andree
10-03-2014, 01:53 PM
This is a cute ad! Fiat loves to tell little stories in their ads, and I got a kick out of the pill and sound effects. Enjoyed the "regular" people too. Especially the lady at the end with the broom.

Looking forward to seeing the 500x here in the US!

sjmst
10-03-2014, 02:02 PM
Any word on prices or options? I read that it may have lane departure warning. Wonder if it will have collision mitigation

500ways
10-03-2014, 02:17 PM
This model is spot on! This is what I thought the 500L should have looked like. However, it is still better late than never. This design sports the silhouette and better extends the DNA of the traditional 500, it is big enough to go mainstream in North America, and I think it will do the job! I will be adding this to my family's stable - no doubt.

We will be seeing more Fiats on the road - I love it! I see quite a few 500s and 500Ls on the road each day where I live. I was in NY for work yesterday and I encountered at least 20 or so Fiat's (don't remember how many models of each) up and down the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike.

Happy motoring folks!

Fabio13
10-03-2014, 02:18 PM
In USA Today newspaper.

hal9000
10-03-2014, 05:41 PM
Love it. Will sell. I wonder if they will even bother keeping the "L" in the line up?

If somebody wants a Fiat that will carry people and things at the same time, the L will remain the choice. I like the X but wish they hadn't pinched the rear so much. I understand why. It keeps it from overlapping with the L and judging people's response to the X, has a more cohesive look. Those needing the cargo space the L provides probably won't want something with such a relatively tiny boot. 12cu/ft with seats up is small. Just as a reference to that size. It may be enough to best the Juke but thats about it. The Countryman offers roughly 4 more cu/ft. The Renegade is supposed to offer about 6 more cu/ft! Though not necessarily direct competitors, hatches on the smaller end of the spectrum like the Rio,Yaris,Fiesta, and even the Mazda2 offer more room with the seats up. I think the X has a chance to save the L. People who wouldn't consider Fiat because of the 500's size may come to the lot. They buy an X, become familiar with the brand and if they have a good experience, purchase the L when it's time to upsize.

Fiat500USA
10-03-2014, 05:56 PM
The two dashboard themes:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-qOu6o46SfIw/VC0t34SlP0I/AAAAAAAAWjc/kYpy3DCu3XI/s800/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25282%2529.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QICgA1MMHvw/VC0t6qjjkbI/AAAAAAAAWjk/cVxGd0iOMA8/s800/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%2520%25289%2529.jpg

Fiat500USA
10-03-2014, 07:12 PM
Hi Chris, thanks !
Did you have the chance to drive an Alfa 4C ? It's been a long time since my last post.... :-)

No, have been in it but didn't get a chance to drive. Hopefully soon!

Fiat500USA
10-03-2014, 08:03 PM
One has to remember the 500L is an Multi Purpose Vehicle and is designed for maximum space, function and utility. By definition, it has to be tall and upright. It is not a swoopy sports car, but the modern day interpretation of the 600 Multipla. The 500L is the best selling car in its segment in Europe and has a lot to offer here in the US, but it needs better marketing.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-eu6WUC-v-dU/TyqWUp-rSwI/AAAAAAAAL2A/10ZOVo1qZOk/s640/Fiat500USA.com-Fiat_600Multipla-1955-1960.jpg


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-cBR-n5sXxkg/ULb5cGKngPI/AAAAAAAAOkg/sw7ZFkCJXEU/s640/FT013_087FH.jpg

Andree
10-04-2014, 03:33 AM
One has to remember the 500L is an Multi Purpose Vehicle and is designed for maximum space, function and utility. By definition, it has to be tall and upright. It is not a swoopy sports car, but the modern day interpretation of the 600 Multipla. The 500L is the best selling car in its segment in Europe and has a lot to offer here in the US, but it needs better marketing.


I agree. The story ads Fiat makes are cute sometimes. But they really don't show us the car.

It's as if they're more interested in making movies than they are about selling the product.

I can work with what they've done, and come up with ideas for followup ads. Each one of the characters in the story does a "show and tell" of what they like about the vehicle. Or carry on with the story that shows more of the vehicle.

The gent from the beginning again says "one moment" in Italian, and scampers down to the drugstore in his 500x. The lady sipping champagne has a Lounge, of course. The religious fellow has a Sport. The girl on the bicycle has a Sport. The lady with the broom has a Lounge or a Sport. Not sure on what the other girl at the gas station has, either/or.

Show me the car. Show me something of the car and what each person uses, likes, thinks is great. Show me some features. Show me what the car can be used for.

I do appreciate one thing about the Fiat commercials, they don't have to run a huge disclaimer at the end about closed course, professional driver, do not attempt, etc. Those are the worst commercials, they're setting a bad example. Seems those ads become a challenge to the young lads to replicate the stupidity on public streets. I'm sure they're picking up the bad examples all over. But there's no need to add to it.

Chris, how would you show off the 500L or the 500x?

I've told this story before (dear god, not another story)...

I have been in auto sales. I had a young lady come in, with her boyfriend, looking for an update. They were looking at the used cars, and we had some neat ones. She was a bit quiet, and was coming out of a quiet car...and I got her into a little red sports car. If I recall correctly, it may have been a Dodge Daytona.

Couple weeks later they came back by, and she was noticeably more outgoing. Her boyfriend commented to me that she had changed with this car, she was more confident.

A car CAN change a person, bring out more of something that was hidden. It can become part of an image, a new image, allow a person to say something about themselves, or to try on a new persona that they'd never had the opportunity to explore previously.

The car doesn't actually do this, of course, it's the perception of the car, her own, and how other people react to her and the car. Getting a car that has more power, stronger acceleration, it can give her the feeling of strength that carries over into her life.

I was able to see many auto-related transformations of personality. Families getting the first of the Caravan minivans (it was a Dodge dealership), and their rejoicing at having SPACE! FOR KIDS! AND STUFF! It was a solution to their lifestyle! A SOLUTION.

What problems does the 500L solve? What problems does the 500x solve?

The 500 is fairly self-explanatory, as it's even advertised as a "city car". It's a runabout, easy to park, good on gas. And it has many trims and options to fine tune preferences.

The car has to do something to or for the people in order for them to want to buy it. UK figured out immediately what to use the 500L for. US is a little slow and needs to be told and shown. So, show and tell folks what it is, what it does, how it can make a person's life better, easier, more comfortable. How it can make a person more confident. How having a bit more engine leads to easier commutes, with more space for moving people or stuff. Easier if you have a long hill upgrade and need that kick of power.

Several people have commented on how much more power the 500L has over their previous car, and how it has helped them in their lives to do what they normally do. From their commute to their occasional weekend drives, the power in the 500L along with the space has helped them. They can do things with confidence. Master the uphill slalom that made their old car sputter.

Show that to the people in the advertisements. Sometimes you do need power just to do the things you do. Sometimes you need more space. Sometimes you need both. Show the people that they can have a little more power and a little more space with the 500L.

Andree
10-04-2014, 09:46 AM
Over in the USA Today article, they mention seven interior combinations between leather and cloth. Black, brown, black/tan, and what else? Will there be any red? That's my guess.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/10/03/first-look-at-stylish-us-bound-fiat-500x-crossover/16658523/

Andree
10-04-2014, 03:09 PM
Here's a little red in the mostly black interior, with white piping:
http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2015-fiat-500x-paris-2014/#photo-2989812/

Via article here: http://www.autoblog.com/2014/10/02/fiat-500x-paris-2014/

More of the red accent interior, note the embroidered 500 in two colors, red over white (light gray?):
http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1094743_2016-fiat-500x-unveiled-at-2014-paris-auto-show-live-photos

Interesting that only the seat sides are red, but lend their color to the entire interior! The red is visible from any point getting into the car.

Andree
10-04-2014, 03:22 PM
Over at Autoevolution, there are a few pics that just barely show the brown with what appears to be light gray piping. And a few with bits of the black/tan interior.
http://www.autoevolution.com/news/fiat-500x-wows-the-paris-motor-show-live-photos-87342.html#

Klasse Act
10-04-2014, 04:01 PM
I think the X looks great, the L should've been made with a sliding side door and called the Multipla. I hope the quality is up to par, unlike the L. Looking forward to seeing it at the Chicago Auto Show this February, along with other things!

Good job here Fiat!

janaheim
10-04-2014, 07:06 PM
Nice spot ! :clap:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcc62nrl9Y" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcc62nrl9Y


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lcc62nrl9Y)

Love the car & the video!

Thanks,
John

hal9000
10-04-2014, 09:34 PM
Over at Autoevolution, there are a few pics that just barely show the brown with what appears to be light gray piping. And a few with bits of the black/tan interior.
http://www.autoevolution.com/news/fiat-500x-wows-the-paris-motor-show-live-photos-87342.html#

The HDmotori.it vid on youtube shows the brown pretty well.

Purgatory
10-06-2014, 01:37 AM
Great video, actually made me laugh out loud, a hard act to do

Haring
10-06-2014, 10:24 AM
I hope these come out soon. I could really see this as a replacement or addition to my Abarth. I've even planned out a look to give it a similar look to what I already have so they'd be twins.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c218/andyhight/My%20Abarth/500x_zpsa67c3cb1.jpg (http://s28.photobucket.com/user/andyhight/media/My%20Abarth/500x_zpsa67c3cb1.jpg.html)

Andree
10-06-2014, 11:29 AM
I hope these come out soon. I could really see this as a replacement or addition to my Abarth. I've even planned out a look to give it a similar look to what I already have so they'd be twins.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c218/andyhight/My%20Abarth/500x_zpsa67c3cb1.jpg (http://s28.photobucket.com/user/andyhight/media/My%20Abarth/500x_zpsa67c3cb1.jpg.html)

Haring, that looks so good! Is that the tan Mocha? Did you smoke the lights? The ultimate black and tan combo!

I would so totally love a Mocha Sport or Turbo 500. With the Cattiva style black roof. And the black/tan interior style of the 500x. It would make a fine Abarth too. The Mocha Latte on the regular 500 size wasn't around long enough to get the smoked lights look. They have to bring that color back. It looks too good in the style you've done on the 500x, and looks so good on the 500L with black OR white accents (or by itself, of course).

And the color accent on the mirrors! Totally personalizes your car! I hope they come out soon too, I want to see what you do with it!

sjmst
10-06-2014, 11:41 AM
I hope these come out soon. I could really see this as a replacement or addition to my Abarth. I've even planned out a look to give it a similar look to what I already have so they'd be twins.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c218/andyhight/My%20Abarth/500x_zpsa67c3cb1.jpg (http://s28.photobucket.com/user/andyhight/media/My%20Abarth/500x_zpsa67c3cb1.jpg.html)

If Fiat doesn't do that someone else will offer aftermarket mods to get that done.

Fazzster
10-10-2014, 11:13 AM
Just a quick observation. The 500L as 22 cubes of storage (seats up) but the 500X has only 12. It is hard to judge the physical size of the X in pictures but it seems passenger space and utility are falling short. I thought X was suppose to be a larger vehicle?

sjmst
10-10-2014, 11:23 AM
Just a quick observation. The 500L as 22 cubes of storage (seats up) but the 500X has only 12. It is hard to judge the physical size of the X in pictures but it seems passenger space and utility are falling short. I thought X was suppose to be a larger vehicle?

I don't think it was meant to be larger than the L. It was meant to be a "just right" size with good looks and AWD.

Andree
10-10-2014, 03:44 PM
Just a quick observation. The 500L as 22 cubes of storage (seats up) but the 500X has only 12. It is hard to judge the physical size of the X in pictures but it seems passenger space and utility are falling short. I thought X was suppose to be a larger vehicle?

It's only a few inches longer. The 500L maxes out it's cargo area with a boxier, taller rear end hatch area. The 500x loses that tall hatch area cargo space with it's styling. The 500x is about 70.8 inches wide, while the 500L is about 70.1 inches wide.

I believe that the "bigger" comparison is meant to compare the 500 model with the 500x model. While people may not go for the 500 because they think it's "too small", they won't have the same complaint with the 500x model. And that's how the vehicle is meant to be more mainstream. The size and four doors are more acceptable to people with families, who use child seats, etc.

The 500 and 500x are more like different sizes of the same shape. The 500L is more like the larger size of the Panda, with it's styling. Still wish we had the Panda here. Because for some of us, small is just the right size and the 500L would be too large!

Andree
10-10-2014, 03:46 PM
By the way, while looking at the videos, I noticed some do appear to have a sunroof! Either that, or they've decided to paint only the first half of the roof in black. haha!

John G.
10-13-2014, 06:27 PM
Anyone know if the 500X four-wheel drive version will have a 'granny gear' (ultra-low first gear)? It appears that the four-wheel drive diesel Punto has something similar, as I have seen videos showing it to have great off-road crawling ability. I assume the 500X 4WD will not have a high/low transfer case, hence, my question about the granny gear. I have a Toyota Tacoma 4WD (4 cyl., 4 spd. auto.) that I would love to trade in on a 500X 4WD, if it has the ability to crawl up my 12-15 degree rutted gravel driveway at my ranch, as my Tacoma can when it is in 4WD low-range.

Andree
10-13-2014, 09:42 PM
Anyone know if the 500X four-wheel drive version will have a 'granny gear' (ultra-low first gear)? It appears that the four-wheel drive diesel Punto has something similar, as I have seen videos showing it to have great off-road crawling ability. I assume the 500X 4WD will not have a high/low transfer case, hence, my question about the granny gear. I have a Toyota Tacoma 4WD (4 cyl., 4 spd. auto.) that I would love to trade in on a 500X 4WD, if it has the ability to crawl up my 12-15 degree rutted gravel driveway at my ranch, as my Tacoma can when it is in 4WD low-range.

I think that you'll find that in the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. "Class-exclusive+ Jeep® Active Drive Low 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio"
via http://www.jeep.com/en/2015/renegade/

Would that work for you?

FCA has made the 500x a bit more urban than the Trailhawk. But don't give up! Just because they may not offer it first, does not mean they won't eventually offer it up.

They've done some change in transmissions previously. Only having the 500L Pop with a manual, and changing it over to have an available DDCT. The 500 Lounge came only with the automatic, and they added the stick shift. Adding a full automatic to the 500L line, and the Abarth trim. There's talk of the 500x sporting an Abarth badge in the future.

If there is demand for the low gear, they may well make it available in the 500x. When the Renegade is available near you, see if you can take the Trailhawk version out for a test and see if what it has will do the job for you and your driveway! If it does, you can choose the Jeep version, or keep posting, and tell Fiat again and again how much you REALLY want the 500x in a similar form.

I feel it's good to have the OPTION to order up the car the way you would find it most useful for your own specific situation. It might have to be special ordered, or maybe it would turn out to be the most popular 500x in wintery snow and mountain regions.

John G.
10-14-2014, 04:51 PM
Thank you, Andree, for your thoughtful reply.

Yep, no doubt that the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk would fit the bill.

I was hoping that the 500X would have that capability, too. And, you are right, that it may get it, if not at initial release then soon thereafter.

I am used to waiting. I wanted the Abarth 500C specifically, and was the first to receive one here in San Diego 18 months ago.

Tim D
10-15-2014, 01:48 AM
Fiat500USA.com Has Just Posted the Following:

The long awaited Fiat 500X crossover made its debut today at the Paris Auto
show. The stylish Fiat 500X was designed by Fiat Centro Stile in Italy to be
elegant, athletic and to offer high performance. The new 500X will be offered in
two versions: one that is geared towards the urban sophisticated type and the
other the active, outdoor individual...



Read about it here... (http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Fiat500USA/~3/ZVo_VlX6nVo/fiat-500x-introduction.html)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e3ImNrJ2wcw/VC0tlyhv1EI/AAAAAAAAWjE/i8m2r6bC67c/s500/Fiat_500X_Crossover-fiat500usa_com%20(10).jpg


I was just wondering if anyone knows if this is an actual picture of the Fiat 500X. I like the looks, but all the other pictures that I have seen seem different. Do you think this is the real thing or just a rendering?

Thanks!!!!!

Fiat500USA
10-15-2014, 01:59 AM
I was just wondering if anyone knows if this is an actual picture of the Fiat 500X. I like the looks, but all the other pictures that I have seen seem different. Do you think this is the real thing or just a rendering?

Thanks!!!!!
It looks like it has had some serious work done on it, but it seems to match the pictures I have seen. Is there an image that you can point to so we can check it out?

Andree
10-15-2014, 03:39 AM
I was just wondering if anyone knows if this is an actual picture of the Fiat 500X. I like the looks, but all the other pictures that I have seen seem different. Do you think this is the real thing or just a rendering?

Thanks!!!!!

That's a rendering, and you aren't getting the depth perception in it, it's very "flat". The car itself has much more dimension. That is the Sport/Trekking/Cross model.

Check the video at this point, showing the actual front end:

http://youtu.be/FxlAKqRAY5Q

The video didn't embed at the right point. Check the time 3:15 to see the front end of the 500x with the sporty bumper.