2015 Fiat 500X launched in South Africa – IAB Report

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Priced between R310,900 – R394,900 [INR 17.16 Lakh – 20.2 Lakh]

Fiat has launched the 500X crossover in South Africa, which made its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. It will join the Fiat 500L, 500C and the standard 500 hatchback in the local market.

Fiat 500X front three quarters at the 2014 Paris Motor Show
For a rugged appeal, Fiat has outfitted the 500X with roof rails and subtle body cladding.

The ‘soft crossover’ is based on a familiar design which borrows cues from the standard 500. For a rugged appeal, Fiat has outfitted the 500X with roof rails, subtle body cladding, skid guards and a tougher suspension with slightly increased ground clearance.

It measures 4,250 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,610 mm tall. Fiat will offer the 500X in three variants, the 500X Pop Star, 500X Cross and 500X Cross Plus. Exterior options include 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and a choice of seven exterior colours.

Fiat 500X rear three quarters at the 2014 Paris Motor Show
Fiat South Africa will offer the 500X in three variants – 500X Pop Star, 500X Cross and 500X Cross Plus

The 500X’s cabin can be customized with upto seven interior configurations. It comes equipped with a standard 5-inch Uconnect infotainment system (optional six-inch touchscreen also available) with bluetooth connectivity, AUX and USB ports, and voice command function. The boot space of 500X is a paltry 245-litre. Safety features include six airbags, LED DRLs, cornering fog lamps and a sophisticated ESC system, while optional equipment offered are a Lane Assist system and Blind Spot Assist.

Based on Fiat’s Small Wide platform, the 500X packs a 1.4-litre turbo MultAir II engine or a 1.6-litre E-TorQ unit. The former produces 138 hp, while the latter delivers 108.5 hp. There are three transmission options available – a five-speed manual gearbox, six-speed manual gearbox and six-speed dual clutch transmission.

Fiat 500X dashboard at the 2014 Paris Motor Show
The 500X’s cabin can be customized with upto seven interior configurations.

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Prices for the 2015 Fiat 500X start from R310,900 for the 500X 1.6 Pop Star, R344,900 for the 1.4 Cross, R359,900 for the 500X 1.4 Cross automatic, R379,900 for the 500X 1.4 Cross Plus, and R394,900 for the 500X 1.4 Cross Plus automatic. It comes with a three year/100,000 km maintenance plan and warranty.

Further details on the South African 500X can be viewed in the press release below the gallery.

Fiat 500X European spec – Image Gallery

Fiat 500X launched in South Africa – Press Release

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