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2019 FIAT 500X: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - November 27, 2018

Model Preview

Since it hit showrooms in 2016, the FIAT 500X has remained largely the same. That all changes with the release of the refreshed 2019 FIAT 500X that boasts updated looks, a new engine, and a slew of available safety goodies.

The 2019 FIAT 500X will strike the same basic silhouette as the previous model, but its soft parts on the front and rear will be new. Up front, theses changes include new available LED headlights, an LED signature surround around the headlights, a wider upper grille, revised turn signals, and a more rugged-looking bumper. The rear’s updates include new taillights with available LED technology and a hidden exhaust outlet.

A new list of color options will also give the 2019 500X a little added flavor. These new colors will include Italia Blue, Vibrante Green and Milano Ivory.

The 2019 FIAT 500X’s interior will go through mild changes too. Slipping into the seats, buyers will notice new premium cloth seating that’ll make long drives more bearable and seating for five instead of last year’s four-person capacity. There will also be an easier-to-read gauge cluster, and a contoured steering wheel wrapped in Techno leather.

The interior’s visual updates are great, but its big update may take a few minutes to notice. FIAT will upgrade the 2019 500X with the newest Uconnect 4 infotainment system as standard. While it boasts most of the same features as the previous model’s Uconnect infotainment system, like a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, the new Uconnect 4 system has a quicker load time, faster processing, and a higher-resolution screen.


2019 FIAT 500x

The 2019 FIAT 500X will also see huge changes under its hood, as it will drop the standard 1.4-liter and optional 2.4-liter engines in favor of a standard 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine will spool out 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque, making its output just 3-hp lower than the 2.4-liter engine in last year’s 500X while pushing torque up by 35 pound-feet.

The all-new engine will pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system includes rear-axle disconnect that disengages the rear axle in normal driving conditions to help save fuel.

The FIAT 500X struggled in the IIHS’ headlight test, which caused it to miss the mark to be a Top Safety Pick model. The new optional LED headlights may fix that. The 2019 500X will also gain available adaptive cruise control and front parking sensors with brake-pulse warning when it senses an imminent collision.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 FIAT 500X will have a simplified lineup that sees its available trims fall from five to three: Pop, Trekking, and Trekking Plus. Pricing will range from $25,785 to $30,490 (destination fees included). The 2019 FIAT 500X will arrive in the spring of 2019.

The FIAT 500X will battle other small crossovers like the Buick Encore, Chevy Trax, and Honda HR-V.

Learn about the current FIAT 500X on sale now »

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Pictured: 2019 FIAT 500X

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