Fiat 500X Goes Green With New Hybrid Powertrain

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The new powertrains aim to save fuel and lower noise pollution.

In a bid to clean up the streets of Europe, Fiat has decided to introduce the 500X Hybrid model to its lineup alongside a hybrid version of the compact Tipo sedan as new flagship offerings. In doing so, it can claim that its entire catalog boasts electrification options as it joins the 500 and Panda Hybrid, and fully electric 500. The two new models source electric power from a belt starter generator 48-volt mild-hybrid motor.

Both the 500X and Tipo are powered by Stellantis's FireFly 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that works with the 20 horsepower e-motor to produce a combined 130 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The cars use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to send this power to the front wheels. Fiat explains that not only does this motor save on fuel consumption but users will also benefit from a silent electric engine ignition.

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Using this powertrain, the 500X will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 9.4 seconds. Fiat explains that the e-motor's instantaneous torque delivery mitigates the car's turbo-lag, making for a more responsive acceleration response. The motor also provides both cars with an e-creeping function which can be used in slow-moving traffic or parking situations to maximize fuel savings. Energy is regenerated through braking and deceleration events.

The Fiat 500X has been treated to some cosmetic revisions for 2022. This includes a new 500 logo found at the front while updated Fiat lettering has been applied to the rear. These two design choices, sourced from the current 500 range, have been made so that the crossover translates a more contemporary look.

The Fiat 500X Hybrid can be had as a soft-top cabriolet or in the recently-introduced Red Edition trim.

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In the USA, the Fiat 500X is the sole offering from the Italian manufacturer. Power is sourced from a more powerful turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 177 hp to all four wheels using a nine-speed automatic transmission. These new powertrains may soon be available to the American market to bridge the way for Fiat's plan to fully electrify its offerings by 2030.

The Fiat Tipo Hybrid is available in a base, City Life, and off-road-focused Cross trim. The Hybrid benefits from comfort features such as front seat heating, keyless entry and push-start ignition, and blind-spot assist. Next to the hybrid powertrain will be a 1.0-liter three-cylinder mill that pushes 100 hp.

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