Fiat 500 will get crossover version
Fiat will produce a crossover version of its 500 minicar next year, company sources told Automotive News Europe. The new model will be called the 500X.
It will be the fifth variant in the 500 range, joining the three-door hatchback, convertible, Abarth performance version and 500L four-door, high-roof hatchback.
At just under 107 inches, it will be the longest model in the 500 family and will be offered with front- and all-wheel-drive variants.
Like the 500L it will use a widened version of Fiat's small-vehicle architecture, which is the basis of the Punto subcompact.
Fiat plans to start building the 500X in December 2013 in Turin, Italy.
The 500 three-door sold in the United States is built by Chrysler in Mexico, but the 500X is expected to be imported from Europe.
It will be built alongside a small Jeep, code-named B-SUV, that will be produced starting in the second quarter of 2014.
The B-SUV will be smaller than the Jeep Compass and Patriot and will be sold in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.