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First Look: 2016 Fiat 500x on Everyman Driver

2016 Fiat 500x on Everyman Driver, Dave Erickson

The all-new 2016 Fiat 500X is the latest addition to the FIAT lineup in North America, combining the authentic Italian design and engaging driving dynamics synonymous with the FIAT brand, together with an available advanced all-wheel-drive system, unmatched functionality, and a full array of safety, comfort and convenience features.


The FIAT Brand Continues to Expand With the All-new Fiat 500X

  • 2016 Fiat 500X combines iconic Italian style with functionality, performance and all-wheel-drive confidence
  • All-new crossover highlights continued expansion of FIAT brand in North America
  • Delivers contemporary Italian design with iconic Cinquecento features in a larger, more capable package
  • Features advanced drive systems, including two engine options, available nine-speed automatic transmission, and available all-wheel drive with disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency
  • Loaded with up to 70 advanced safety and security features
  • Available in five trim models and 12 exterior colors to offer the personality that FIAT vehicles are known for

With comfortable seating for five, world-class craftsmanship, and superior ride and handling, the Fiat 500X delivers driving excitement, technology, safety and functionality to the rapidly growing small crossover segment.

In the United States, the all-new Fiat 500X is available with the fuel-efficient 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission, with an output of 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, and is paired exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission on all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive models.

A disconnecting rear axle allows for reduced parasitic loss when all-wheel-drive capability is not needed, improving fuel efficiency. The Dynamic Selector system allows the driver to choose from three modes (Auto, Sport and Traction +) for the most suitable vehicle configuration in different driving conditions.

The 2016 Fiat 500X offers up to 70 standard and available safety and security features, including Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection. Electronic stability control (ESC) with Hill-start Assist and electronic roll mitigation is standard on all models, as are seven air bags.

Loaded with technology and convenience, the Fiat 500X is available with features like Uconnect 6.5 radio with a 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen and navigation, Bluetooth streaming audio, a 3.5-inch color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, and heated front seats and steering wheel.

2016 Fiat 500x on Everyman Driver, Dave EricksonThe all-new Fiat 500X was designed at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, where designers leveraged the character and iconic features of the Fiat 500 into a larger and more mature package. On the exterior, design elements like double headlamps, a trapezoidal nose, the signature “whiskers and logo” face and the rounded clamshell hood pay homage to the original Cinquecento. The purposeful and distinct Italian design carries through to the interior with clever storage, body-color instrument panel, a circular cluster display and iconic door handles.

The 2016 Fiat 500X is available in five trim levels: Pop, Easy, Lounge, and for a more athletic look, Trekking and Trekking Plus. The Trekking and Trekking Plus models feature unique front and rear fascia designs and Satin Silver accents for a distinct, aggressive appearance.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today named the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X small crossover a 2015 Top Safety Pick+, its highest rating.
IIHS testing simulates:

  • a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck
  • a moderate-offset frontal impact
  • a small-offset frontal impact
  • roof-crush consistent with a rollover
  • a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash

In each test, the all-new Fiat 500X recorded the highest possible score of “good.”

Bolstering these results is the availability of Forward Collision Warning-Plus. Only vehicles equipped with such driver-assist technology may qualify for Top Safety Pick+ designation.

“With the all-new 500X, we help make it possible not only for customers to arrive safely at their destinations, but to do so with style,” says Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America.

The chic crossover, which starts at $20,000, blends Italian design flair with engaging driving dynamics that are synonymous with the FIAT brand. More significantly, it incorporates extensive use of high-strength steel, which is engineered to manage crash energy and to help minimize cabin intrusion in event of a collision.

The Fiat 500X further benefits from seven air bags that come as standard equipment. These include seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags and full-length side-curtain air bags.

Elevating the 500X to Top Safety Pick+ status is a unique sensor-fusion strategy that is the hallmark of Forward Collision Warning-Plus. Available in the Easy trim level and upward, a 500X equipped with the feature starts at $28,600.

Forward Collision Warning-Plus combines camera and radar technologies and when both agree that a frontal collision is imminent, the system activates. Activation begins with audible and visual warnings. If the driver does not respond, brake application occurs autonomously to slow the vehicle before impact.

“Delivering such features for less than $30,000 in a vehicle segment not known for such sophistication is clear evidence of our commitment to the democratization of advanced safety technology,” says Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President – Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance.

Additional driver-assist technologies are among the more than 70 available safety and security features (see attached PDF) that make the all-new 500X stand out in its segment. Among these are:

  • LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, which leverages the vehicle’s electronic power steering (EPS) to alert the driver with steering-wheel torque inputs that also accommodate course correction
  • Hill-Start Assist, which helps hold a vehicle on an incline if the driver’s foot is momentarily removed from the brake pedal

 

Crafted in Italy at Fiat Automobiles’ Melfi assembly plant, the all-new Fiat 500X arrived in FIAT studios in North America in the first half of 2015. As a global vehicle, it is sold in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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