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The Fiat 500X Lives On In The US With 2022 Model – HotCars

2022 Fiat 500X offers authentic Italian styling in four trims.
Fiat shocked the automotive world in 2014 when it became the other half of Chrysler in a new company that became Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, or FCA. This year, FCA formed a marriage with the PSA Group, thereby creating the sixth-largest carmaker in the world now known as Stellantis.
The first Fiat car arrived in the US in 1908, with local production of the Fiat 60 HP and Fiat 16-20 HP commencing in 1909. Production stopped in 1917 after the US entered World War I. Fiat returned to US roads in the 1950s with the original Fiat 500 and other models, including the Fiat 124 Sport Spider. The Italian carmaker, however, experienced poor sales, so it withdrew from North America in 1983.
In 2009, Fiat took a 20% stake in the financially struggling Chrysler. By the early 2010s, Fiat started penetrating North America once again with the 500 and 500e, as helped by the Chrysler merger. With US demand for sedans, coupes and hatchbacks waning, Fiat introduced more SUVs such as the 500X and the 500L. But by the 2021 model year, all Fiat models excluding the 500X kissed the US market goodbye.
Even with the formation of Stellantis, the 500X was not expected to survive another model year, but it will. In fact, the Fiat 500X lives on in the U.S. with the 2022 model, Stellantis announced.
While 2022 might be the final model year for the US version of the 500X, the genuine Italian small crossover is arriving with no major changes on board. But that does not mean the 2022 Fiat 500X is a bland crossover that cannot impress anybody. After all, if you love the same authentic Italian design and styling as well as characteristic Italian driving dynamics with a hint of compact practicality, the 500X could be the ideal vehicle to park in your garage.
Stellantis is offering the 2022 Fiat 500X in four major trims: Pop, Trekking, Sport and Trekking Plus. Each trim is styled and specified differently, allowing customers to choose a 500X that suits their taste and preferences.
For the 2022 model year, the exterior of the Fiat 500X can be finished in any of these colors: Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat), Italia Blue, Blu Venezia (Blue Metallic), Vibrante Green Metallic, Grigio Moda (Graphite Gray), Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat), Amore Red, Rosso Passione (Red Clear Coat) and Rovente Red.
Inside, the 500X can be trimmed in Black cloth, Black premium cloth and premium leather, Avorio (Ivory) premium cloth or Avorio (Ivory) premium leather.
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For the 2022 model year, the 500X features LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps as well as a choice of 17-,18- and 19-inch wheels. Customers may want to equip their 500X (available on all trims) with the dual-pane sunroof that combines power-sliding panoramic roof and side glass panels. They may also avail of the Al-Fresco top option that adds a retractable, folding fabric roof available in four colors: black, red, gray and blue.
Proving popular, the Sport trim is available for the third model year in a row. In this trim, the 500X wears distinct front and rear end designs, body-color painted side moldings as well as dark-finish exterior accents. Inside, the 500X Sport comes with dark headliner and pillars, Sport-inspired seating and refined console bezel finishes. The driver would appreciate the flat-bottom techno-leather steering wheel (with Alcantara inserts and paddle shifters).
Interestingly, the 2022 model year sees the rise of the Yacht Club Capri special edition, as derived from the 500X Sport trim. This special edition is wrapped in Venenzia blue exterior finish with unique blue Al-Fresco soft top, exclusive 18-inch sport wheels as well as Yacht Club Capri exterior badging and satin-finished exterior trim. Inside, this special edition features exclusive ivory leather seats with blue piping and exclusive woodgrain dash insert with satin-finished gear shift.
Customers looking for Italian style of ruggedness may find the Fiat 500X Trekking impressive. This trim features a distinct, adventurous look defined by Satin Silver accents as well as distinct front and rear fascia designs.
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Still taking care of the propulsion business for the 2022 Fiat 500X is a compact yet potent 1.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine. Stellantis has blessed this mill with FCA-exclusive MultiAir valve-actuation technology (MultiAir III) and engine stop-start (ESS) technology. All trim levels are equipped with this turbo engine, allowing them to access 177 of max output and 210 lb.-ft. of peak torque (best in its class). Its fuel economy is also impressive, as the 500X can travel up to 30 miles chugging down just a gallon of gas.
Providing the needed support to the turbo engine is a standard nine-speed automatic transmission and trusted all-wheel-drive system, thereby enabling the Fiat 500X to deliver a marriage of performance, fuel economy as well as capability. Standard on all models, this all-wheel-drive system could disconnect the rear axle when AWD capability is not needed, thereby reducing parasitic energy loss while improving overall efficiency.
Thanks to the Dynamic Selector system, a driver can adapt the 500X to different driving conditions by selecting the most suitable vehicle configuration. Interestingly, the 500X is loaded with up to 75 advanced safety and security features.
Source: Stellantis
Italian automaker Fiat produced their Type 186 MPV model, which was called the Multipla, in 1998.
Julybien Atadero writes from the island of Cebu covering various automotive topics including new sports cars, classic muscles, pickup trucks and SUVs. While I like peace and quiet, I love playing with my kid. When I have nothing else to do, I watch documentaries and animations.

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