That roof will look familiar to Jeep owners.
Besides the Jeep Wrangler (and possibly the upcoming Ford Bronco), convertible SUVs tend to sell poorly. Recent examples include the Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet and the infamous Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, both of which were discontinued due to low sales volume. As the parent company that builds the Wrangler, Fiat believes it can succeed where Land Rover and Nissan failed with yet another attempt at a convertible crossover. But this one looks pretty cool.
Say ciao to the 2022 Fiat 500X and 500 Yachting, two convertible special edition models introduced for the European market. Unlike some of the 500X Special Editions offered in the United States, this one boasts several unique features to differentiate it from a standard model.
The electric soft top is the most obvious addition; it opens in just a few seconds with one button press. This canvas roof folds back accordion-style, much like the Sky One-Touch option on the Jeep Wrangler. The open-roof experience is less expansive than the Range Rover or Murano convertibles, but this limitation could work in Fiat's favor. Those convertible SUVs compromised rear seat and trunk space, but the 500X still retains four doors and a standard cargo area.
Fiat will offer the 500X Yachting in an exclusive color called Blu Venezia, accented by blue and ivory beauty lines. The 18-inch wheels match the paint scheme with sea blue accents. The 500X gets a special "Yachting" emblem on the fender and "Yachting Club Capri" badges on the doors and trunk to let onlookers know this is a special edition.
Those nautical elements continue into the cabin, where the 500X Yachting receives white soft-touch seats with blue piping and embroidery. A mahogany dashboard and matching shifter pay homage to the car's boating motif, and there is another "Yachting Club Capri" badge on the center console. Even the key is painted a new color to match the car. The Fiat 500 Yachting offers similar details finished in a unique Blu Dipinto di Blu shade. This model is based on the all-electric 500 Convertible, which isn't offered in the US.
Fiat says it will only build 500 numbered examples of the 500 and 500X Yachting. These special editions are only offered in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland, with each one carrying the country's initials and the vehicle's build number.