The wait for the Abarth trim goes on.
In a bid to sell more cars in the United States, where buyers prefer larger vehicles and SUVs to sub-compact hatchbacks, Fiat introduced the 500X crossover for the 2016 model year. The 500X was just updated recently for the 2019 model year with a new 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque going out to a standard all-wheel-drive system through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Fiat hasn't changed the 500X drastically since it first arrived on the market, but it has introduced some special editions to help keep the car relevant. At the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat will introduce a new 500X Sport trim, which will become the fourth trim level for the 2020 model year.
The 500X will be the second most expensive trim in the lineup at $26,895 - above the Pop and Trekking but below the Trekking Plus. Fiat says the new Sport trim is visually differentiated from other models via new front and rear fascia designs, body-color side moldings, darker exterior accents, and an all-new "Rovente Red" exterior paint color.
New 18-inch aluminum wheels come standard and, for the first time ever on the 500X, Fiat will offer a 19-inch wheel wrapped in Michelin CrossClimate all-season tires. Chrome dual-exhaust tips finish off the sporty vibe. In addition to Rovente Red, the 500X Sport will also be offered in White, Black, Moda Grey, and Italia Blue. These colors can also be paired with a black roof for a more unique look.
On the inside, the Sport trim boasts a dark-finished headliner and pillars as well as new interior door and console bezel surface finishes. There is also a new techno-leather steering wheel with red stitching, Alcantara inserts, and paddle shifters. Fiat has also covered the gauge cluster with Alcantara and improved the graphics on the display. Aluminum pedal covers and Sport floor mats also come standard.
Overall, we think the Sport trim is a handsome look for the 500X. Still, we can't help but wonder why Fiat never offered a sportier 500X Abarth model. At this point, it will probably never happen.