The Fiat 500 makes its début on southern African shores as a new compact 500X crossover thus marking the evolution of the brand and technology.
The Fiat 500X is a crossover not only in its very nature, but is also of interest to many different types of customer in terms of different sexes, ages, needs and tastes. In this sense, the “X” symbol represents a crossroads for segments that vary greatly among themselves, each inhabited by the young and the mature, lovers of beauty and connoisseurs of character. They are dynamic, with an active social life and they cultivate different passions and interests. What they have in common, however, is the desire to enjoy a satisfying driving experience and express their own personality through a distinctive style. Today they all find a clear, exhaustive answer: Fiat 500X.
With a big personality and distinctively Italian design, the new car is characterised by flexibility, rationality and quality firmly embedded in its compact dimensions, in the ample interior space and the choice of premium materials and fabrics, as well as the most sophisticated technology in the service of safety, comfort and well-being on board.
The new Fiat 500X offers various combinations of engines and transmissions to meet all usage requirements, always with respect for nature and maximum efficiency in terms of performance, consumption and emissions.
The following petrol engines will become available: 81 kW 1.6 “E-torQ”, 5-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, 103 kW 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II front-wheel drive and 6-speed manual gearbox or twin-clutch 6-speed automatic.
Equipped with MacPherson suspension at the rear, the Fiat 500X ensures the right balance of handling and comfort. What’s more, to guarantee protection of occupant, the new Fiat crossover combines a body designed according to the most modern criteria with active and passive safety content that ensures excellent performance.
As standard on the entire range is some important content, such as six airbags (front, window bags and side bags), front headlights with daytime running light function and fog lights with self-adaptive cornering function, in addition to the sophisticated ESC (Electronic Stability Control). In addition, depending on the version and market, the advanced Lane Assist (lane departure warning system) and Blind Spot Assist (lane change assistance system to get around blind spots) devices are available as standard or on request. On request, it is also possible to equip your 500X with the new ParkView rear camera for reversing.
In terms of comfort and infotainment equipment, the Fiat 500X stands out in its category thanks to the sophisticated Uconnect™ systems with 5″ or 6.5″ touchscreens. Both versions come complete with Bluetooth interface, Aux-in connector, USB port and voice commands. Additionally, the Uconnect Radio Nav 5’’ device offers TomTom 2.5D navigation while the 6.5″ Uconnect Radio Nav features satellite navigation with 3D maps, progressive route guidance and ‘One Shot Voice Destination Entry’ to enter addresses with voice commands.
The new Fiat 500X will debut in the southern African market during July 2015 and will be available at Fiat dealership nationwide.
The 500X range will initially be launched with the 1.4-litre Cross with the 6-speed manual transmission and limited numbers of the 1.4-litre Cross with the 6-speed DDCT transmission. The pricing will start at N$344,900 for 1.4-litre Cross manual and N$359,900 for the automatic model.
The 500X 1.4l Cross Plus will be launched at the end of August with a price tag of N$379,900 and 1.6l Pop Star will be launched at the end of September with a price tag of N$310,900.
The final model in the range, the Cross Plus DDCT will be available in the fourth quarter of 2015 and will be priced at N$394,900.
All Fiat products come standard with a three-year/100,000 km warranty and maintenance plan.