See if you can spot the difference.
The Fiat 500 city car recently had a facelift, but the changes were so minor they were barely noticeable. Inevitably, its crossover counterpart, the jacked-up 500X, is also getting a much-needed refresh after being on sale for four years. Our spies recently caught a prototype of the Italian compact crossover undergoing some hot weather testing. While the copious amounts of camouflage might trick you into thinking there’s radical styling changes hiding underneath, don’t be deceived.
Like the updated city car, the facelifted 500X is expected to receive some minor modifications to the bumpers and redesigned headlights. The front bumper will feature new air intakes and new round fog lights, and the grille is also expected to be slightly larger. The smaller lights under the headlights will also be updated with LED technology. At the back, we can see the 500X has been updated with new taillights with color-coded inserts like the regular Fiat 500. The rear bumper will also receive some minor changes. While the interior was updated for the 2018 model, the facelifted 500X’s cabin could borrow the 2019 Jeep Renegade’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system.
In terms of powertrains, the outgoing model’s engine options should carry over. In the US, the Fiat 500X is available with either a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 160 hp and six-speed manual transmission or a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder with 180 hp and a nine-speed automatic. Fiat hasn’t said when the refreshed 500X will be revealed, but it won’t be at the Paris Motor Show in October as Fiat Chrysler is skipping the event this year. The fate of the 500X in the US also looks uncertain, as FCA’s boss Sergio Marchionne could stop Fiat sales in North America in the next few years. We’ll know more tomorrow.