Jeep's introduction of the Renegade just months ago at the Geneva Motor Show took the brand into new territory. Not only is it smaller than anything else Jeep makes, but it's also the first Jeep to be made outside of North America. But the Renegade is only half the equation.

Based on the same platform but with a much more rounded appearance will be a new Fiat crossover (at least tentatively) dubbed the 500X. Expected to arrive later this year, the 500X will replace the discontinued Suzuki-based Sedici and join the existing 500 hatchback, 500C convertible and 500L in Fiat's growing family of Cinquecento-themed models.

Pictured here in the latest batch of spy shots (sent to our photog by a sharp-eyed civilian, hence the slight quality issues), we can see the heavily disguised prototype up close, both inside and out. From the outside you can discern a much bubblier shape and rounded details than the Renegade, while the interior (apart from all the loose wires and warning signs) looks to adopt similar cues to the existing 500 family members, from the color-keyed dashboard panel to the rounded switchgear.

Details are few and far between at this point, but you can expect similar specs to the Jeep Renegade, which is driven by a range of four-cylinder engines from both the Fiat and Chrysler powertrain portfolios ranging from 109 horsepower to 168. Don't expect the same standard of go-anywhere off-road ability as its American counterpart, however.


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      Losferatu
      • 4 Months Ago
      Stop calling everything a 500 you dolts.
        Lx495
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Losferatu
        They purchased a company who couldn't resist calling everything LeBaron :)
      Noah
      • 4 Months Ago
      Stop screwing around with the 500L and 500X and just bring the Panda here. The rest of the world loves it and Americans are smart enough to embrace a Fiat without 500 in the name.
        Framo Logan
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Noah
        Because the market is'nt ready for little cars and Panda is an A seg
      mikeybyte1
      • 4 Months Ago
      Given the mild reception and sales for the 500L, as well as the existence of the Renegade, I don't expect this to be a very big seller for Fiat. I am guessing it will look like a jacked up 500L Trekking model, but with the actual off road / AWD capability if you check the right options. The 500L has had some quality issues, so maybe if Fiat can do a smoother launch with the 500X they can get a mild hit. Personally, I am looking forward to tests on the Renegade. I think it is going to be a huge hit for Jeep.
        Losferatu
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        The 500L is a pretty good car, but the styling doesn't help it much. Honestly, all it needs is a bigger tire/wheel package so it doesn't look like it's rolling on skateboard wheels.
          K. Rogers
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Losferatu
          I agree. Putting 18"s on my 500L Trekking made a huge difference in how it looks, for the better!
        superchan7
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        The 500L launched with a few overheating DCTs that had people screaming and shouting. I'm not too hot about the clutches being inside the transmission case, so I bought a 100k mile warranty for mine. So far no problems.
      cpmanx
      • 4 Months Ago
      You may recall that Fiat already showed a full prototype of the 500X--a full two years ago!--which seems to accurately preview the details of the finished thing: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/04/fiat-surprises-journalists-with-500x-sneak-peek/
      dukeisduke
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'll bet it looks better with the camo *on*.
      Kabayo
      • 4 Months Ago
      "Not only is it smaller than anything else Jeep makes, but it's also the first Jeep to be made outside of North America." Obviously incorrect. IIRC, Jeep was the first US automaker to set up operations in China. "American Motors set up the first automobile-manufacturing joint venture in the People's Republic of China on January 15, 1984.[27] The result was Beijing Jeep Corporation, Ltd., in partnership with Beijing Automobile Industry Corporation, to produce the Jeep Cherokee (XJ) in Beijing. Manufacture continued after Chrysler's buyout of AMC. This joint venture is now part of DaimlerChrysler and DaimlerChrysler China Invest Corporation. The original 1984 XJ model was updated and called the "Jeep 2500" toward the end of its production that ended after 2005." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeep
        scionxd48
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Kabayo
        You're technically correct, but technically incorrect at the same time. What is meant in the article is that the Renegade is the Jeep model exclusively built outside the US, whereas the Chinese built Jeeps were locally built versions of Jeeps built in the US.
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