Mo­tor­ing 2019 All new look for Fiat 500x cross­over

Fingal Independent - - NEW CAR GUIDE 2019 -

FIAT’S cross­over has an all-new look, tech­nol­ogy and en­gines. Re­freshed ex­te­rior with new LED day­time run­ning lights, LED head­lights and rear lights, the cock­pit is also up­dated to in­te­grate more tech­nol­ogy, im­prove er­gonomics and re­fresh in­te­ri­ors.

Next-gen­er­a­tion three and four-cylin­der turbo petrol en­gines more fuel-ef­fi­cient than their pre­de­ces­sors. Traf­fic Sign Recog­ni­tion, In­tel­li­gent Speed As­sist and Lane As­sist driv­ing as­sist sys­tems are stan­dard on all ver­sions.

The lat­est word in con­nec­tiv­ity with Ucon­nect 7-inch HD LIVE touch­screen, with Ap­ple Carplay in­te­gra­tion and An­droid Au­totm com­pat­i­bil­ity, as stan­dard.

All-new range with two bod­ies (Ur­ban look and Cross look) and three trim lev­els - Ur­ban, City Cross and Cross.

Avail­able to or­der now, priced from €21,795* The Fiat 500X, the orig­i­nal Ital­ian cross­over, has been up­dated in­side and out with new looks and tech­nol­ogy to sat­isfy a driver’s ev­ery needs. It’s avail­able with a choice of three trim lev­els, Ur­ban, City Cross and Cross, three petrol en­gines, in­clud­ing two brand new more ef­fi­cient turbo petrol en­gines, and now comes with a host of safety as­sis­tance sys­tems as stan­dard across the range. The new Fiat 500X is on sale now priced from €21,795*.

Re­freshed­func­tion­al­ityand­more500per­son­al­ity The new Fiat 500X has evolved to be­come even more mod­ern and func­tional as it in­tro­duces new com­fort and safety fea­tures, while adding even more 500 fam­ily style.

New day­light run­ning lights and LED rear light clus­ters are stan­dard across the range, bring it even closer to the look of the rest of the 500 fam­ily. Stan­dard on the Cross, and op­tion­ally avail­able on other trims, are the new LED head­lights, made in part­ner­ship with Mag­neti Marelli. The LED day­time run­ning lights give the front of the new Fiat 500X a clear, dis­tinc­tive vis­ual iden­tity, while at the rear LED light clus­ters make the car even more recog­nis­able, as well as in­creas­ing its vis­i­bil­ity and safety on the road. As well as adding un­mis­tak­able 500 style, the LED head­lights of­fer more pow­er­ful light­ing, im­prov­ing vis­i­bil­ity, con­sume five times less en­ergy than tra­di­tional halo­gens and re­duce eye fa­tigue thanks to day­light-like il­lu­mi­na­tion and cov­er­ing a wider area. At a speed of 90kmph (56mph) ob­sta­cles can be spot­ted up to four sec­onds sooner - which is a dis­tance of 100m -than with the stan­dard halo­gen units.

Re­assert­ing their dis­tinct iden­ti­ties, the new ex­te­rior de­sign highlights the two per­son­al­i­ties of the model - the new Ur­ban look fea­tures an all-new front and rear bumper de­sign to make tack­ling city traf­fic chic, while the new Cross look adds new-look pro­tec­tive skid plates for tak­ing on adventures.

Com­pact out­side and roomy in­side, its spa­cious and pro­tec­tive en­vi­ron­ment is em­bel­lished with the use of pre­mium ma­te­ri­als, high-qual­ity fin­ishes and handy stor­age com­part­ments. The com­fort­able in­te­rior is un­mis­tak­ably Ital­ian in its style, and comes with a choice of seven dif­fer­ent fin­ishes in a choice of fab­rics and colours, a wide range of seat set­tings and a roomy boot. The com­pletely restyled cock­pit fea­tures a new in­stru­ment clus­ter, with graph­ics that are now even eas­ier to read, to­gether with a new steer­ing wheel which is con­toured to en­sure bet­ter po­si­tion­ing of the driver’s hands, pro­vides per­fect grip in Techno-leather up­hol­stery and in­cludes in­te­grated ra­dio con­trols. The in­stru­ment panel main­tains its ar­range­ment into three cir­cu­lar el­e­ments, in fa­mil­iar 500 style, blend­ing vin­tage looks with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. Two ana­logue di­als with speedome­ter and tachome­ters are ar­ranged on the sides, while the 3.5-inch TFT dis­play in the mid­dle pro­vides key in­for­ma­tion to the driver. Next-gen­er­a­tion Fire­fly petrol en­gines The new Fiat 500X is the first Fiat model to fit the lat­est in­no­va­tive fam­ily of turbo en­gines, de­signed to strike the right bal­ance for cus­tomers be­tween the driv­ing per­for­mance and econ­omy. Euro 6D com­pli­ant and fit­ted with Ga­so­line Par­ti­cle Fil­ter (GPF), the new turbo en­gines are the re­sult of over 75,000 hours of vir­tual tests, 60,000 hours of real-life off-ve­hi­cle tests and 5 mil­lion kilo­me­tres clocked up on roads world­wide to con­firm their ro­bust­ness and re­li­a­bil­ity.

De­vel­oped on a mod­u­lar struc­ture with 0.33 litre cylin­der unit, the new front-wheel drive turbo petrol en­gine line-up in­cludes a three-cylin­der 1.0-litre pow­er­plant that de­liv­ers 120hp and 190Nm of torque and is paired with a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, as well as a four-cylin­der 1.3-litre en­gine with 150hp and 270Nm of torque, in this case com­bined with six-speed dual clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion (DCT).

Their ar­chi­tec­ture guar­an­tees ef­fi­ciency, mod­u­lar­ity, a high de­gree of com­po­nent and pro­duc­tion process stan­dard­i­s­a­tion, flex­i­bil­ity and open­ness to fu­ture evo­lu­tions. The new en­gines are made en­tirely from alu­minium al­loy, en­sur­ing un­beat­able light­ness (the three-cylin­der ver­sion weighs just 93kg), while the cylin­der block, de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Tek­sid, is in high-pres­sure die-cast alu­minium al­loy, with a bed­plate ar­chi­tec­ture for the best com­bi­na­tion of ride, weight and struc­tural per­for­mance.

The use of many in­no­va­tive tech­ni­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics con­trib­ute to im­prov­ing per­for­mance and max­imis­ing driv­ing com­fort, such as di­rect fuel in­jec­tion to max­imise vol­u­met­ric ef­fi­ciency and the low in­er­tia tur­bocharger con­trolled by an elec­tri­cally op­er­ated waste­gate ac­tu­a­tor which, com­bined with a su­per­charger mod­ule water-cooled di­rectly in the in­take man­i­fold, en­sures a faster re­sponse and swift ac­cel­er­a­tion.

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