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Fiat 500L-Based Crossover Coming In 2013: Report

 

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Fiat, like MINI, realizes that small isn’t for everyone, which is why the Italian automaker recently announced the four-door Fiat 500L for the U.S. market.

It turns out that the 500L won’t be the only model built on a widened version of Fiat’s Punto platform, as Fiat is reportedly going to launch a crossover version of the 500, dubbed the 500X.

The Fiat 500X will become the fifth model in Fiat’s 500 range. Automotive News Europe (subscription required) reports the 500X will be the longest model in the 500 range, and will incorporate both SUV and hatchback elements into its style.

It’s probable that the 500X will be built alongside the 500L at Fiat’s Mirafiori plant in Italy, with production penciled in to begin in December of 2013.

It’s also likely to share production lines with a new compact Jeep model, dubbed the B-SUV, which is scheduled to be sold in global markets including the United States and Europe.

Yes, that means that a new small Jeep will be built in Italy and sold in its homeland, the U.S. Globalization is an interesting concept, eh?

The 500X is expected to be available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants, although it won’t be designed for off-road use like the Jeep B-SUV.

The European versions of both the Fiat 500X and the Jeep B-SUV are expected to come with three engine options, including Fiat’s 900cc TwinAir two cylinder, a 1.3-liter four cylinder gasoline engine and a 1.3-liter MultiJet II diesel.

In the States, we're likely to see the gasoline four, less likely to see the diesel, and almost sure not to see the two-cylinder engine.

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  1. Look at the front end of this and you can clearly see the 500's influence. But beyond that, this seems to have more in common with the Panda. There's nothing wrong with that, but it seems a bit strange that this is carrying the 500 name. The other derivatives, the Abarth, the Cabrio, you still look at them and think "500".

    But maybe this is aimed straight at those who might have bought the 500 were it a littlle bigger. As you say, small isn't for everyone. Much as I love my little 500, I know that if I started a family, I'd have to start looking around for new cars as a matter of urgency.
     
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  2. @Melanie, perhaps Fiat is trying to avoid too much commonality between 500 models. Take MINI, for example - every one of their models looks exactly alike, and that isn't the best way to attract new buyers to the brand.
     
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  3. Fiat/Chrysler, those little clown cars are not helping your image.
     
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