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Fiat Expanding US Entry with 500X and Future Miata Twin

Soft-roader and roadster will bring US dealership offerings to four.

As part of the newly-announced five-year plan for Fiat-Chrysler, the corporation’s owner and namesake, Fiat, is planning on doubling the number of models it offers to US customers in the next couple of years. Currently, American fans of Fiat have only the tiny 500 (and 500 Abarth) and the quirky 500L to choose from. But by the end of 2015, Fiat will add the 500X crossover and the Abarth to take on the upcoming Mazda MX5 Miata, which should be unveiled in the next few months.

The 500X is a soft-roader cousin of the new Jeep Renegade, and should offer similar engine lineups and a choice of front and all-wheel drive. It will take on competitors like the Mini Countryman, and should hit US showrooms in early 2015. The roadster from Abarth is the next-generation Mazda Miata twin, previously rumored to be an Alfa Romeo. It is expected to be powered by the 500 Abarth’s 1.4-liter turbo four or the Alfa 4C’s 1.7-liter turbo.

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