Fiat’s funky crossover gets a much-needed makeover for the 2019 model.
The Fiat 500X has been on sale since 2014, so it’s safe to say the Italian crossover desperately needs a refresh to stay relevant in such a fiercely competitive segment. Luckily, Fiat has given the funky crossover a much-needed mid-cycle makeover with subtle styling tweaks, upgraded tech and new turbocharged engine options mirroring the Jeep Renegade on which it’s based. Highlighting the visual changes are new daylight running lights and LED taillights that come as standard, while full-LED headlights are available as an optional extra.
Made in partnership with Magneti Marelli, Fiat says the LEDs shine 20 percent brighter than the than the Xenon technology offered on the previous model. As well as offering increased visibility, they also consume five times less energy than traditional halogen lights. A new Urban trim model features all-new front and rear bumper designs, while the Cross and City Cross have restyled protective skid plates.
Inside, the interior has been given a significant overhaul. The redesigned cockpit adds a new instrument cluster with easier to read graphics while maintaining its traditional arrangement of three circular elements. Two analogue dials with speedometer and tachometers are arranged on the sides, while the 3.5 inch TFT display in the middle provides key information. There’s also a new steering wheel wrapped in Techno leather and fitted with radio controls. It also allows for better positioning of the driver’s hands while offering improved grip. Seven different interiors are available for the facelifted Fiat 500X with a combination of different types of fabric, leather, finishes and colors.
In terms of infotainment, the Italian crossover includes Fiat’s latest seven-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as a TomTom 3D navigation, and a rear parking camera. Traffic sign recognition and speed advisor safety assists also now come as standard as well as lane assist. Optional systems include blind spot alert, safety distance manager, and autonomous emergency braking.
In Europe, the 2019 Fiat 500X will be available with a choice of gasoline and diesel engines. The previous model’s naturally-aspirated gasoline engines have been replaced with the all-new Firefly turbocharged three- and four-cylinder units borrowed from the 2019 Jeep Renegade, including a three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine that delivers 118 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque and a four-cylinder 1.3-liter with 114 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque.
The smaller engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, while the larger one paired with a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive. In addition, the 2019 Fiat 500X is also being offered with a 108-hp 1.6 E-Torq unit combined with manual transmission and front-wheel-drive. No US specs have been revealed yet, but FCA has confirmed to us that full details for the North American model will be announced later this year.