The FIAT 500X is a new kind of automobile. The compact crossover offers owners the safety and security of an elevated driving position, added ground clearance and car-like handling. Often times these next-generation CUVs entice owners with added amenities and other safety features once found exclusively in luxury cars, and the kind of style and comfort usually reserved for more expensive vehicles. These new small suvs alternatives are typically built atop B-series (small European cars) platforms.
However the 2016 FIAT500X is not based on a small car like the other CLA, Mazda2 and Fit based compact CUVs soon to hit the market. The 500X shares its bones with the Jeep Renegade, another compact crossover. While the Renegade Trailhawk is meant to tackle Moab, the 500X benefits from a more curvaceous body. Its overhangs have been penned with blatant disregard for angles of approach and departure and more for distinctive FIAT aesthetics. Like the Jeep, the 500X is available with all-wheel-drive; however, the FIAT’s all-wheel-drive system is tuned to deliver traditional front-wheel-drive fuel economy while maximizing its on-road confidence. So not only will FIAT start selling year-round in the Snowbelt, owners will be ready in the event Godzilla decides to return to New York in January.