The Fiat assembly plant in Melfi, Italy, may not be one that appears on our radar that often. It's been in operation since 1993, but until recently only built the Punto – a model that's been around in its current form with few modifications for the better part of a decade, but hasn't warranted the transatlantic voyage to American showrooms. Fiat recently added to the Punto assembly line in Melfi the production of the new Jeep Renegade, but that's not all.

Soon the Renegade (which you can see being built in the background of the image above) will spawn the 500X, a small crossover based on the same platform but with what you can see will be a more rounded shape. Replacing the Sedici (a.k.a. SX4) that was jointly developed with Suzuki, the 500X will join the Cinquecento family alongside the 500 hatch, 500C convertible and 500L minivan, the latter on whose design we hope the 500X will prove a marked improvement.

Expect the 500X (or so it's expected to be called) to be revealed on July 4, which will mark not only the 238th anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence but also the 57th anniversary of the original 500's debut.

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      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe that the Fiat brand in North America will be well served with additional product. I just got back from a week in Italy yesterday and was amazed by all the different Fiat offerings in Italy. I was most impressed with the Alfa Romero Mito, a really attractive car. This would make a super Dodge coupe with minimum styling changes. Jeeps are very popular in Italy and the new Cherokee and Renegade should really sell well in Italy.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wouldn't cal the 500L a minivan. Edmunds calls it a wagon. calls it a hatchback. Look inside, and you'd be hard-pressed to call it a minivan.
      • 1 Year Ago
      And there is a Jeep Renegade on the parallel line?
      Earth Scientist
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even Godzilla could not stomach a 500. She did not swallow.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm happy that soon I'll FINALLY be able to test out some small and nimble AWD crossovers with at least a modicum of power as well. The 500X will be on the low end, but might be able to hold its own against the MB GLA, Audi Q3, and the 2nd generation BMW X1, especially when considering price. The new Renegade would also be on my list if it didn't have that huge blind spot.