Fiat is aiming its 500 lineup straight at Mini with the 500L and now this Countryman rival, the 500X.

To us, the vehicle shown here (reportedly shown as a teaser to a pool of assembled journalists) looks to have opaque windows which could indicate that it's a non-rolling prototype, possibly without an interior.

CarsUK guesses it's based on the 500L, suggesting the same 1.4-liter gasoline and 1.3-liter diesel engines will be available. It also makes sense to expect a better look and more details on the 500X that will presumably be released at the Paris Motor Show this September. The vehicle looks somewhat similar to the already-shown 500L, but its raised ride height, trim-free doors, rounded wheel arches and matte lower trim improve the look greatly in our opinion. The best part? It doesn't have the 500L's awkward wraparound windshield or its ungainly greenhouse and stepped roof. The faster rear windscreen angle and different lighting looks much cleaner, too.

Without citing a source, Indian Cars Bikes maintains the 500X is just over 13 feet long and will be available with all-wheel drive with production starting in late 2013.

Check the video below and watch for details coming ahead of Paris in September.


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      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like the 500 is becoming a brand line much like Mini.
      William Flesher
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice! This will probably replace the Fiat Sedici (Suzuki SX4 twin).
        William Flesher
        • 2 Years Ago
        @William Flesher
        This will most likely share a platform with the planned entry level Jeep as well. I wonder where it will be produced? Any guesses?
          Marin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @William Flesher
          I've heard it's going to be built in Italy, at the Mirafiori plant. Since there is a crisis in Italy, and Fiat's italian plants are very underutilized, it sounds logical to build the Fiat there, and the Jeep sibling in America.
          Marco Spelta
          • 2 Years Ago
          @William Flesher
          The two sister, according to the present planning, will be both produced in Mirafiori (Torino, Italy). It is not sustainable to produce only the Fiat version (500X)
        moa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @William Flesher
        i think that it is heavy restyled sedici. when you overlay pictures of both cars roofline, windshield slope and b-pillar match perfectly.
          Marco Spelta
          • 2 Years Ago
          @moa
          Totally different platforms. The 16 is a Suzuki. This one will be based on the 500L
        William Flesher
        • 2 Years Ago
        @William Flesher
        Might also share a platform with an entry level Jeep?
      SBF
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it the 1.4 Turbo or 1.4 NA motor? I would hope that Fiat would be smart about this and bring this to the U.S. with the 1.4 Turbo and optional turbo Diesel engine There is a market for the "Cute-Utes", but they need more power period, especially when they're not exactly light to begin with.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SBF
        This shouldn't need more than the 1.4's 170hp. It's the size of a Suzuki SX4, and those get around just fine with 150hp.
      JonathanBond
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow. Who knew a 500 could look that good. Good thing it put on the X-tra few pounds
      Rexxer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who really cares about fiat?
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      After the 500L I was definitely not expecting something this pretty. I'm pleasantly surprised.
      xXElvinXx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bad.
      Kimura
      • 2 Years Ago
      That looks quite sharp!
      Matthew Neuman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who really cares about Rexxer?
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The best part? It doesn't have the 500L's awkward wraparound windshield or its ungainly greenhouse and stepped roof." - AB This will be the best part for conservative American tastes, since that's the market this car is meant for. Like the Countryman, it's a ludicrous bloated pastiche of an iconic historic model coarsened to accommodate the dictat of the US market. The 500L, while relatively ungainly compared with the 500, at least has some character by virtue of the design aspects in AB's comment above. It should also have been called Multipla.
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        To be called a Multipla I think there should be at least seating for 6. Remember that crazy 6 eyed space alien looking Multipla from the 90s? Now that was a trip?
      RJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would be suicide at this point NOT to include a diesel in the line up. I suspect it's only a matter of months before Fiat announces diesels across the Chrylser-Dodge-Jeepl-Fiat line up for sale in the US.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RJC
        Wishful thinking at best, delusion at worst. Offering a diesel barely breaks even in the US at best, and there is no automaker that would be taking the slightest risk, let alone committing suicide, by offering an efficient gasser instead of a diesel. There will be a diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, possibly Ram 1500, and possibly Wrangler. Beyond that, they haven't even hinted that it's in the cards for smaller models.
        majortom1981
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RJC
        The problem is in The US diesel is more expensive then regular gas. Some stations by me sell it for $1 a gallon more. So you do not save any money on diesel.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are you sure that was a real car. It looked like something created in Photoshop, printed on a cardboard cutout.
        Marco Spelta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        It is not a real car, since it is a maquette. But it is in full size and 3D
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