The refreshed 2019 Fiat 500X has made it’s debut in Europe. The popular compact crossover which shares it’s platform with the Jeep Renegade, share a lot of the 2019 Jeep Renegade’s upgrades for the new model year. While it has yet to make it’s 2019 model year debut here in North America just yet, the European model gives up an idea of what to look forward to.
The Euro-spec Fiat 500X features new LED signature daytime running lights (DRL). New Full LED technology projectors, made in collaboration with Magneti Marelli, are also available on request. which in addition to having an unmistakable style 500, ensure a more powerful light – 20% more brightness than the Xenon technology offered on the previous model – significantly improving visibility and ensuring a five times lower power consumption compared to traditional halogen lights.An element that characterizes the design of the car is the signature LED technology that envelops the module, a synthesis of refinement and technology, capable of identifying the front of the 2019 500X in a clear and distinctive way. Finally, even the rear light clusters adopt LED technology that makes them even more distinctive and recognizable, as well as increasing their visibility and therefore safety on the road.
The front and rear fascias on the “Urban” (our Urbana version in North America), have been completely redesigned. The Cross and City Cross (our Trekking model in North America) get skid-plates for added protection. The new exterior design emphasizes the two souls of the model: the more urban one, dedicated to those who must deal with city traffic and can do so thanks to its small size and high seat; and the more Cross for those who want to venture out of town, also available in 4×4 version. Compact outside, cozy inside, as evidenced by the large and protective environment embellished by the widespread use of fine materials, quality finishes and useful storage compartments.
A comfortable interior with a clear Made in Italy style that counts seven different interiors – they are created by combining different types of fabric, leather, finishes and colors – numerous seat adjustments and a large trunk. Among the most important novelties is a cockpit with a completely new design, as evidenced by the new instrument panel with graphics that are even more readable today and the new shaped steering wheel that ensures the best placement of the hands and a perfect grip, as well as being embellished with a refined Techno-leather coating and radio controls that provide a guide safe in any situation. Moreover, the ergonomics of the passenger compartment, the optimal positioning of the easily accessible controls, the position of the gear lever and the practical front armrest contribute to a comfortable and relaxed driving.
Finally, it should be remembered that, in perfect 500 style, the instrument panel preserves the division into three circular elements as an ideal combination of retro aesthetics and technological modernity: in fact, if on the sides there are two analogue dials with tachometer and tachometer, the center stands out reconfigurable 3.5-inch thin-film-transistor or TFT display that communicates information to the driver in a simple and immediate way.
The Euro-spec 2019 Fiat 500X can be equipped with the three MultiJet II turbo-diesel engines – technology developed and patented by the FCA Group – that have been updated with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology to comply with the Euro 6 / D-TEMP standard.
Three diesel engine In detail, the 95 horsepower 1.3-liter MultiJet II engine is combined with the manual transmission and front-wheel drive; the 120 horsepower turbo-diesel 1.6-liter MultiJet II can be combined with the 6-speed manual transmission or the dual-clutch DCT automatic, with front-wheel drive; finally, the 150 horsepower 2.0-liter MultiJet II engine features a 9-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. To maximize efficiency, all diesel engines have a new system that integrates, in a single solution, SCR technology with injection of AdBlue * for the reduction of nitrogen emissions (NOx) and the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) for entrapment and reduction of PM (particulate matter). This allows the 500X to achieve the highest level of eco-compatibility offered today by diesel on the market without compromising performance.
The power and torque curves confirm the excellence of the MultiJet II family also in this unprecedented configuration that presents an optimization of torque values at low revs: the 1.3-liter MultiJet II delivers 95 horsepower and a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1500 r / min; the 1.6-liter MutliJet II delivers 120 horsepower and a maximum torque of 320 Nm at just 1,750 rpm; and the 2.0-liter MultiJet II delivers 150 horsepower and a maximum torque of 350 to 1500 rpm. 1.3-liter MultiJet II delivers 95 horsepower and a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1500 rpm; the 1.6-liter MutliJet II delivers 120 horsepower and a maximum torque of 320 Nm at just 1,750 rpm; and the 2.0-liter MultiJet II delivers 150 horsepower and a maximum torque of 350 to 1500 rpm.
The 2019 Fiat 500X is the first model of the Fiat brand to adopt the innovative family of turbocharged gasoline engines designed to offer customers a new point of balance between the performance and driving pleasure of the best turbodiesel engines (with a quieter ride better than the 20%) and a fuel saving that also improves up to 20% compared to previous gasoline engines. Complying with Euro 6 / D-TEMP regulations and equipped with an anti-particulate filter for GPF (Gasoline Particulate Filter) gasoline engines, the new turbo engines have been developed with over 75,000 hours of virtual analysis, 60,000 hours of bench testing test and 5 million kilometers traveled all over the world to test its strength and reliability.
The new turbocharged gasoline engines are available in the following configurations. A 1.0-liter three-cylinder 120-horsepower engine and 190 Nm of torque with six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive and a 1.3-liter four-cylinder with 150 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque, combined with the automatic transmission with dual-clutch, six-speed DCT and front-wheel drive.
Their peculiarity is the specific architecture that guarantees efficiency, modularity, a remarkable level of standardization of components and of the production process, flexibility and preparation for future developments.
In detail, the new engines are entirely made of aluminum alloy, which ensures maximum lightness (the 3-cylinder version weighs only 93 kg or 205 lbs) as well as the cylinder base, developed in collaboration with Teksid, is made of aluminum alloy and , for the best combination of comfort, weight and structural performance, presents an architecture with a sub-base.
It contributes to the best performance and maximum driving pleasure, the use of numerous innovative technological contents such as direct fuel injection to maximize the volumetric efficiency and the low inertia turbocharger managed by an electric controlled wastegate actuator which, combined with a water-cooled boost module directly in the intake manifold, ensures a faster response in transients and therefore a great readiness during shooting.
Finally, the 2019 Fiat 500X gasoline engine lineup is completed by the reliable 1.6-liter 110 horsepower E-Torq, combined with the manual transmission and front wheel drive, which has been updated to meet the Euro 6 / D anti-pollution regulations -TEMP.
It is safe to say that for the North American market, the 2019 Fiat 500X will be getting the same engine options as the 2019 Jeep Renegade. The 174 horsepower version of the 2.4-liter inline-four as standard equipment and the new 180 horsepower 1.3-liter inline-four turbo. We featured an article on the all-new 1.3-liter a couple of weeks ago on MoparInsiders.com.
While we won’t get the exact model as the European market, the 2019 Fiat 500X looks to upgrade itself enough to take on vehicles like the compact Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore.
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