2016 Fiat 500X debuts at LA Auto Show

2016 Fiat 500X debuts at LA Auto Show

 In what may be the best-looking car in Fiat's American portfolio, the 500X made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The bigger-but-still-small 500X rides on the same platform as the upcoming Jeep Renegade small utility, joining the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V in a rapidly growing segment.

The 2016 500X will roll with the company's 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine paired with a six-speed manual, making 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Upgraded models get the 2.4-liter Tigershark four making 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional.

To add extra economy, the 500X has a disconnecting rear axle, which reduces parasitic loss when AWD isn't needed. It also gets three different drive modes for different driving conditions: Auto, Sport and Traction +.

The 500X looks a lot like the 500 at the nose. The company says features like the double headlamps, trapezoidal nose face pay homage to the original. The silhouette, though, reminds us of something sportier -- there's even some Porsche Macan in the lines.

It's available in five trim levels: Pop, Easy, Lounge, Trekking and Trekking Plus. The Trekking models get a slightly different fascia design. Twelve colors are offered on the exterior.

Available safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring along with more than 60 others. Stability control, hill-start assist and seven airbags are standard.

The 500X goes on sale in the first half of 2015; pricing will be announced at a later date. 

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