Fiat 500X Spied Roaming in Italy

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Most of you know that the Fiat 500 lineup now has a mini-MPV model called 500L. But the family will grow in the near future with the 500X, which is basically the Italian cousin of the Jeep Renegade with which it shares its platform. We already know that the 500X is Fiat's sole candidate for the 2015 Car of the Year Award, so it's possible for Fiat to unveil it this fall.
In the latest set of spy photos we can see a fully camouflaged production-ready vehicle wearing black cladding on every single square inch of its body shell. Even the hub caps are masked by black tape, while the interior is a mess of camouflage, wiring and white sheets. It's easy to see that the upcoming model will get a 5-inch touchscreen media system and a Fiat 500-like white plastic dashboard, while the air conditioning controls resemble those fitted to the 500L.

While some voices in the industry suggested that the 2.4-liter engine from the Jeep Renegade will be adopted by Fiat's new crossover, this kind of powerplant only makes sense in the United States, but even so, we won't keep our hopes high in that regard. Anyone in their right mind would expect from the Fiat 500X a suite of frugal sub-2-liter mills, ranging from a 0.9 Twin Air two-pot turbo, all the way to a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo gasoline engine and 1.6-liter MultiJet turbo diesel.

The overall shape of the car and its flared wheel arches hint that models such as the MINI Countryman, Nissan Juke and the Renault Captur will be its main rivals. Expected to debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, the U.S. variant of the crossover will most likely be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
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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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