Fiat 500X Interior Spied Up Close

Fiat 500X Interior 4 photos
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It’s hard to put your finger on what the Fiat 500X is about. Some say it is the bastard lovechild of a drunken night consumed between the 500 city car and the 500L mini MPV. However, due to the fact it will compete with models such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, the new member of the Cinquecento family is basically a pocket-sized lifestyle crossover.
Our crack team of spy photographers managed to snap the contraption a few times already during testing, even in production-ready form. But this is the first time we’ve secured a photograph of the Fiat 500X interior and it’s just what anybody has been expecting it to be - a combination between the cabin design of the 500 and 500L... with a twist. Heralded as the most important model since the modernized 500, the Fiat 500X has some pretty big shoes to fill all things considered.

Although the button-laden three-spoke steering wheel, three-gauge instrument cluster and gear knob differ from those fitted to other Fiat models, the 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system is the same unit as ever down to the very last of buttons, while the white piece of plastic underneath the media screen looks like a cutout from the Fiat 500’s dashboard. The central air vent on the upper dash, as well as the driver and passenger side air vents resemble those from the 500L, along with the air conditioning controls.

Combining the posh persona of the 500 and the family-oriented 500L, the Euro-spec Fiat 500X crossover will presumably be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, while the North American version of the heavily anticipated make-or-break model will hopefully debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2015. Underneath the skin, the powertrains will be definitely carried over from platform brother Jeep Renegade.

That means we’ll get a 1.6-liter MultiJet turbo diesel alongside a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline unit and the top-of-the-range mill will most likely be a 1.8-liter four-banger. If we’re to take a wild stab in the dark, the standard stick shift transmission will be joined by an optional auto box, either the nine-speed ZF from the Jeep Renegade or a dual-clutch automatic.

In terms of exterior styling, we know from the production body shell revealed ahead of the July 4th official unveiling that the Fiat 500X is adorned with chunky, rough-and-ready flared wheel arches, giving the impression that the lifestyle crossover has what it takes to take on easy off-road duties. However, only time will tell if the Fiat 500X will prove to be a commercial success as big as the Nissan Juke or MINI Countryman.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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