The 500X conquered the market with its Urban and Cross versions, which reflect its dual soul. The urban version is more metropolitan, technological and connected, as expressed perfectly by the recent S-Design, Mirror and 120° special series, while the more crossover version enjoys pleasant adventures outside the city. Today the 500X changes pace and accelerates onto a different playing field, that of sportsmanship, presenting itself as an alternative to compact C-segment cars with a sporty look. This is a growing market segment that is worth more than 500,000 units per year in Europe. And in perfect 500 style, this Fiat brand proposal is a new more attacking version of the 500X, beautiful to look at and thrilling to drive. To achieve this goal, Fiat engineers carried out the equivalent of what a sports "athletic trainer" would have done, following a special "training programme" to increase the sporting prowess of the 500X. So, further significant and carefully focused tuning interventions on driving dynamics, steering precision and suspension have been carried out, making driving even more emotional. Simultaneously, various modifications towards more specifically sporting design elements, plus the new exclusive Red Seduction livery, have made the Fiat 500X Sport perfect for a young, dynamic customer attracted by a sporty style with a strong personality.
Driving dynamics, precision and control create new levels of performance and safety
The new Fiat 500X Sport presents several important technical innovations intended to boost dynamism, driving precision and control. In particular, the new top-of-the-range version features an exclusive sports-style suspension with a 13 mm reduction in height from the ground compared to the Urban and Cross versions, and the option - on request - of new 225/40 tyres with sports-level performance and 19" alloy wheels with a special design. This all results in a more aggressive car, with better ground adherence and guaranteed safety and dynamism... a bit like what one would expect from a powerful centre-forward who is also highly agile in the penalty area.
Power must provide precision and perfect balance, and in the automotive field this means greater precision and driving comfort. This is why we have acted even more radically with the most powerful engine in the range: a high performing 1.3 FireFly Turbo 150 HP, combined with a DCT automatic transmission. For example, the steering system calibration has been adjusted to return a more precise and reactive feedback to the driver. As well as this, specific adjustments of the shock absorbers and the front and rear suspensions - using FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) technology - mean that the 150 HP Sport 500X guarantees greater road holding, even at high speeds, as well as extraordinary manoeuvrability and total safety... all without compromising comfort. Thanks to all these technical features and its 19" sports tires, the gritty 500X Sport 1.3 FireFly 150 HP DCT generates an 8% increase in lateral acceleration - compared to the 500X Cross with equal engine and 18" tires - and this translates into a significant improvement in road holding and a substantial increase in active safety. The new suspension tuning greatly enhances responsiveness at curve entry, reducing understeer by 26%, and oversteer, in extreme conditions, by 17%. In short, so armed, the new Fiat 500X Sport fears no comparisons in its segment, and generates dynamic emotion in driving.
A new Italian beauty that seduces with sportiness and refinement
Fiat 500X, like the iconic 500, brings with it all the Italian beauty that, in terms of style and elegance, has always fascinated the world. Likewise, the thrilling play of the Italian national football team keeps millions of spectators glued to the screens every time it takes the field. And as the national team's blue jersey belongs to the collective imagination of Italy, so the 500X Sport "pulls on" its new Red Seduction livery - exclusive to this version - highlighting the car's dynamic lines. The special red "team kit" is then embellished with a long series of titanium grey details on the handles, the specially designed inserts on the front bumper, the front moulding, the rear-view mirror caps and the door handle with the "500" logo in a refined Myron treatment. The marked assertiveness of the exterior is achieved through the many sporting elements offered as standard: these include the side skirts and the arches over the body-coloured wheels; the diffuser-style rear bumper; the dual chrome exhaust - designed exclusively for this Fiat model - and the Full LED lighting systems that provide 160% more power than halogens but with reduced energy consumption. The Full LED headlights are coupled with LED fog lamps, creating a homogeneous and sporty light signature. All "certified" by the Sport badge on the front fender. And for those who want to further boost the power look, on request it's possible to fit special Sport tires with 19" alloy wheels and glossy black hubcap (the special 18" rims are standard). In addition to the exclusive Red Seduction colour, other livery options include Gelato White, Moda Grey and Italian Blue (all of which can be combined with a black roof for a suggestive two-tone exterior), plus Cinema Black.
By the end of the year, new 19-inch wheels will be available, with a sporty look developed by Mopar, the brand dedicated to assistance, spare parts and customer support for FCA vehicles. They are distinguished by their personalisation possibilities: each wheel, for instance, can accommodate a set of 5 possible inserts - in the colours Matte Bronze, Miron, Dark Miron, Copper and Titanium. These can also be mounted by the customer or by the dealer thanks to a simple clip (a visit to the dealer is only required for disassembly). The novelty will enrich the already ample collection of Authentic Accessories supplied by Mopar specially for the Fiat 500X Sport.
The same sporty and elegant style of the exterior is also found in the interior of this new top-of-the-range version. This is demonstrated by the dark shade for the imperial and the front uprights; the specific TFT graphics of the instrument panel and its red elements; the aluminium gear-knob; the techno-leather sports steering wheel, cut underneath; the dashboard in titanium grey; and the detailing in Myron with finishing in Red Seduction. On request, you can equip your 500X Sport with a precious Alcantara covering for the sporty silhouetted steering wheel and the instrument panel cover, a touch of sporting elegance unique in this segment, featuring hand-crafted red stitching. The interior is completed by new exclusive seats in black fabric with vinyl inserts and a grey "500" logo, the black vinyl bezel and special stitching in grey and red. On request, however, you can have the seats upholstered in black leather with titanium grey finishing, in addition to the sporty aluminium pedals and the front mats with personalised stitching.
As well as being outstandingly sporty, the new 500X boasts a rich technological assortment that offers highly innovative driving assistance systems as standard, including "Traffic Sign Recognition", "Speed Advisor" and "Lane Assist", the automatic lane maintenance system. And to make any journey more comfortable, also standard are the Uconnect 7" system, with satellite navigator, predisposed for Apple CarPlay and with Android Auto compatibility; as does automatic climate control, Cruise Control with speed limiter. Completing the equipment are the rear parking sensors and the electric parking brake.
Finally, to meet any mobility need, the new Fiat 500X Sport can be equipped with all the engines in the range, combined with front-wheel drive. In more detail, two FireFly Turbo petrol engines are available: a 1.0 with 120 HP and six-speed manual gearbox, and a 1.3 with 150 HP and six-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission (plus steering wheel controls on request). Also available are two Multijet turbo-diesels: a 1.3 with 95 HP combined with a five-speed manual transmission and a 1.6 with 120 HP and six-speed manual transmission or an automatic dual-clutch DCT six-speed gearbox (steering wheel controls on request).
The entire new 500X range enters the playing field as a star player
Hand in hand with the new Fiat 500X Sport, the new 500X Lounge also makes its debut: a refined version rich in content, unlikely to pass unnoticed on city streets. On the outside, it features body-coloured mirror caps and 16" alloy wheels, as well as DRL daytime running lights and LED rear lights. It's especially refined inside, as can be seen in the techno-leather steering wheel and the front armrest. Sophisticated and metropolitan, therefore, the 500X Lounge is also highly comfortable thanks to its rich standard equipment including the innovative 7" HD LIVE touchscreen Uconnect system with DAB digital radio, Apple CarPlay integration and Android AutoTM compatibility. The standard equipment is completed by front and rear parking sensors, invaluable for protecting the bumpers during parking, and the rain and twilight sensors which provide an additional driving aid. Novelties also for the 500X Cross, the first car in its segment to offer 19" wheels with "tall and narrow" tires that ensure improved aerodynamics and a consequent reduction in fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and noise. The City Cross and Urban versions complete the range: the first is the ideal solution for anyone looking for a car with a cross appearance; the second enables them to immediately start driving the Fiat crossover, at an affordable price.