It’s no secret that the FIAT brand has struggled to gain traction in the North American market since the brand was re-introduced just over a decade ago. The brand’s small car lineup simply doesn’t compete against a majority of other automakers, due to the market’s infatuation with trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. But is the Italian experiment over in North America?
Last year, FIAT pulled production of its North American 500 City Car taking away the brand’s best-selling and halo vehicle from the mix. Going into the 2021 model year, the brand is making even more big changes to its lineup including the discontinuation of its Mazda Miata-based 124 Spider and the very European-styled 500L. This means the only vehicle left for the brand will be the 2021 Fiat 500X crossover (a direct sibling of the Jeep Renegade).
So what does this mean for the 2021 Fiat 500X crossover?
Starting with the ability of four different trim levels for the new model year (Pop, Trekking, Sport, and Trekking Plus), all of which come standard with the 1.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline-four-cylinder using MultiAir III valve-actuation technology and Engine Stop/Start (ESS) technology. This is the same engine that is optional on the 2021 Jeep® Renegade. The engine delivers an impressive 177 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. The combo is good enough for 24 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined according to the EPA.
Another thing, that sets the 500X apart from its Renegade sibling is the addition of standard all-wheel-drive (AWD). That is right, there is no more rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or front-wheel-drive (FWD) offering from the Italian brand in North America anymore.
Last year, FIAT introduced the all-new Fiat 500X Sport which included new front and rear fascia designs and body-color painted side-moldings along with a “Sport” badge displayed on the front fender. Dark-finish exterior accents on mirror caps, door handles, and the rear license plate brow further defined its appearance. A darkened=theme interior also helped to at a more menacing appeal to the compact crossover.
For 2021, FIAT is adding more value to the Sport with the addition of the “Sport Value Package”. It includes the following equipment…
- Dual-Pane Sunroof
- BeatsAudio Premium Sound System
- 19-Inch Aluminum Wheels
- LED Headlamps
- LED Fog Lamps
- ParkSense Front & Rear Parking Assist
- Heated Front Seats
- Windshield Wiper Deicer
The new package has a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $700 and represents a value of $3,400.
For the Canadian market, there is the introduction of the “Sport Appearance Package” on Pop models. This package was introduced back in March in the United States. The package includes…
- Sport Model Exterior Fascias
- Front Fog Lamps
- 18-Inch Sport Aluminum Wheels
- Body-Colored Wheel Arch Moldings
- Dual Bright Exhaust Tips
- Dark Gray Accent Exterior Trim
The package is available in five exterior colors including Rovente Red, Italia Blue, Nero Cinema, Grigio Moda, and Bianco White. The Sport Appearance Package will set Canadians back $795.
Both markets will get new seat fabric and dash inserts on Pop and Trekking trim levels later in the year.
Is it enough to keep the Italian brand going in the North American market? It seems doubtful. Tell us your thoughts and join in on the conversation in the MoparInsiders.com forums.
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