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A Glimpse of Fiat's 500X SUV

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On: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 3:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

A Glimpse of Fiat's 500X SUV

A Fiat 500 crossover is the type of rumor you can't believe until you see it with your own eyes. Fiat has given us just the opportunity by flashing a quick preview of the 500X before an audience equipped with cameras. It may have been a launch event for the extended-wheelbase 500L, but the real story was the 500X.

Fiat gave attendees at the Italian launch event a look at the biggest 500 and then quickly pulled a curtain back over the upcoming model. It's not clear when Fiat will give the world a proper look, but it is clear that a 500X is on the way.

When you start off with a 500 minicar, your "crossover" model ends up looking like a subcompact hatchback. While it's said to be a more masculine version of the 500, it'd take a special kind of man to really get excited about driving it. On the other hand, the Sedici, which it replaces, wasn't exactly a dream machine, either.

The 500X will share its architecture with the Punto subcompact and 500L. In terms of power, it will likely work from the 500 family toolbox. It will come in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Automotive News reports that Fiat plans to launch the 500X in Europe by early 2014, bringing it to North America sometime after that. It will be built in Italy alongside a related small Jeep crossover codenamed the B-SUV.

See what journalists got to see in the clip below.


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