Fiat has secretly unveiled its all new cross over 500X. The sole image of the 500X reveals a fairly conventional hatchback design but with a tall ride height and protective cladding providing a more rugged look. The 2013 Fiat 500X Crossover will be pitted directly against the Mini Countryman in markets across the world.
In Europe the vehicle will serve as the replacement for the Fiat Suzuki SX-4-based Sedici but back in the U.S. it will be the latest entry in the burgeoning compact crossover market
The 500X will be the fifth addition to the Fiat 500 family, joining the regular 500 three-door hatch, 500C convertible, 500L MPV and sporty 500 Abarth.
Production of the 500X, meanwhile, is expected to take place at Fiat’s plant in Mirafiori, Turin, the same site where the 500L is built. It will be around 13.7 feet in length, making it the biggest of the 500 family. Both front and all-wheel drive versions are expected.
The European lineup will initially comprise two gasoline units (TwinAir and 1.4-litre) and a turbodiesel unit (1.3 MultiJet II). American versions will likely come exclusively with the 1.4-litre MultiAir unit, possibly with more power and torque.
Production of the Fiat 500X is expected to start next year with Jeep’s B-SUV to follow in the second quarter of 2014.
Fiat India should consider the 500X for the Indian market which may help the Italian carmaker to establish the brand. With the growing luxury SUV market Fiat could find some success in this segment.