Winnipeg Free Press

Fiat's struggling subcompact SUV gets updated look

by Sylvain Raymond . Dec 21 2018
FCAPowered by a fuel-efficient engine and wrapped in sharp Italian design, the 2019 Fiat 500X made its North American debut in November at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Powered by a fuel-efficient engine and wrapped in sharp Italian design, the 2019 Fiat 500X made its North American debut in November at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Despite very low sales, FCA isn’t ready to pull the plug on the Fiat 500X. The automaker recently unveiled the new 2019 version of its all-wheel-drive subcompact SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

From a styling standpoint, the sporty Fiat’s front fascia has been modified by incorporating a new grille as well as LED daytime running lights and headlights. Its look has been modernized, but it keeps the family resemblance inspired by the iconic Cinquecento. We like the 500X for its unique design and its cheery colour palette, and three more hues have been added for 2019, including Italia Blue, Vibrante Green and Milano Ivory.

Under the hood, FCA replaced the two previous engine options with a new turbocharged and direct-injected, 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine which develops 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque, stronger numbers than before. This engine also benefits from Fiat’s MultiAir valve-actuation technology and an automatic start/stop system, optimizing fuel economy.

All-wheel drive is now a standard feature for all trim levels, as is a nine-speed automatic transmission. A drive mode system is also included, with Auto, Sport and Traction + settings for modifying the driving experience.

Starting at $31,995 before freight and delivery charges, the 2019 Fiat 500X will be offered in three trim levels, including Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus. It will go on sale in the spring of 2019.

— LC Media