The Fiat 500X was finally presented to the UK media at its international launch in Turin and Balocco last week and it was their first chance to drive the small SUV.
With two distinct flavours on offer, there is a 500X to suit every need and taste. One is designed to appeal to those with a fun-loving, metropolitan outlook available in Pop, Pop Star and Lounge trim levels, while another, more rugged version has been designed with adventurers in mind available in Cross and Cross Plus specifications.
A choice of 12 different body colours and eight different designs for the 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels will help every owner personalise the look of their 500X even further.
Designed in the Centro Stile Fiat, the new 500X not only has clear links to its siblings in the current 500 family but also the iconic 1957 original, most notably its large, circular headlamps - albeit with a sportier, more aggressive shape than the 500 or 500L.
It has the unmistakable nose brightwork and a distinctive clamshell bonnet. Compact on the outside, measuring 4.25m in length at 1.80m in width and 1.60m in height the FIAT 500X is also spacious, flexible and inviting on the inside, with extensive use of high-grade materials, top-quality finishes and practical storage compartments.
It also has a spacious 350-litre luggage compartment that can be extended to accommodate all manner of loads using the Fold&Tumble rear seats and the fold-flat front passenger seat. A removable load platform which is reversible and height adjustable is also available.
The Fiat 500X is also the latest model to offer a BeatsAudio sound system, developed in collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre. The premium hi-fi system boasts a 560W, eight-channel digital amplifier which integrates an advanced equalisation algorithm designed to recreate the entire sound spectrum that an artist experiences during their studio recordings.
The new UConnect Live system also allows drivers to use many apps on the on-board system so that they can always be in contact with their friends on Facebook and Twitter or listen to millions of music tracks on Deezer or more than 100,000 radio stations with TuneIn. They can also get real-time news updates from Reuters and get the latest traffic, safety camera and weather information from the TomTom Live service.
Customers need only download the Uconnect Live application from the Apple Store or Google Play Store to display and control the applications which have been specially designed and adapted for use when driving.
by: Becca Chaplin