The Italian giant car maker Fiat has plans to enter the crossover segment with its 500X Abarth model, that will be based on the regular Abarth 500. Seeing its competitors entering into the segment, Fiat plans to make the crossover a niche in its class under its performance wing Abarth, so that it can capture some decent buyers. The price tag is yet to be decided as the car is under consideration stage by the firm. But since it carries along an Abarth badge, it sure wont come cheap.
A high revving natured Abarth model that will showcase Fiat’s Italian beauty, the 500X is expected to be run by a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, as seen under the bonnet of the Alfa Romeo 4C and Giulietta producing a good 200 Nm torque. This is because the regular 500X already comes packed a 1.4-liter turbo, the one fitted in the 500 Abarth. The car can measure somewhere around 4.3 meters in length, thus being the size of a Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Fiat plans to make this car much sportier, and will be using some great piece of material at the front and rear with a healthy dose of cosmetic tweeks along with a spoiler to complete the aggressive appeal of the car. The interior may get some heavily bolstered deep bucket sport seats, new sporty dials and gauges, with the ‘Scorpion’ badges in great numbers all over the car. The 500X will also get four-wheel drive for better handling.
With the time passing and raising demands for the crossover’s all over the globe, it’s easy to mark why a performance version of the 500X is being made. Approximately 10,400 units of the standard model have been sold in Europe in early 2015 and sales are expected to grow for the small SUV crossover sector to somewhere around the 1.3 million mark in Europe itself by 2020.
Also, Nissan is working on its fabulous Nismo and Mini already has its Countryman JCW that will fight for the best car title in this category. It will be worth a watch to see when the Abarth 500X crossover makes its debut on roads and how competitive it is in every aspect.
Source – Blog and Driver