Fiat’s next offering would look more-or-less like a Jeep. Not a surprise, after the Italian manufacturer’s buyout of Chrysler, the parent company of Jeep.
We came across a spied image clicked during a test run of a prototype of Fiat’s 2015 500X, which would be launched later this year—it is likely to go on sale in Europe this fall, and in the US in early 2015.
The 500X is a five-door hatchback with slightly jacked up suspension for a visibly higher ride height. And the build is roughly based on the Jeep Renegade though not as rugged as the off-roader.
The heart of the power train of this new offering from Fiat is a matter of speculation. Going by the notion that the engine will also be derived from its cousin, the Renegade, Fiat might go with the following petrol options.
- 1.4-liter MultiAir2 four-cylinder engine with 138 bhp (103 kW) output and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque.
- 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine with 160 bhp (119 kW) output nd 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque.
- 1.4-liter MultiAir2 Turbo four-cylinder engine with 168 bhp (125 kW) power output and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque.
- 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark four-cylinder engine with 184 bhp (137 kW) power output and 177 lb-ft (236 Nm) of torque.
The Tigershark variant sounds too good to resist.
The diesel options could be:
- 1.6-liter MutliJet II turbodiesel four-cylinder engine with 118 bhp (88 kW) output and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque.
- 2.0-liter MutliJet II turbodiesel four-cylinder engine with outputs of 138 bhp (103 kW) and 167 bhp (125 kW) of torque.