2018 Fiat 500X

New 2018 Fiat 500X is coming to US. As the most demanding market, designers had to improve this model. This includes many things. For example, cabin was clean and elegant, so not many changes are expecting us there. On the other hand, 2018 year edition will change something about big sunroof and touch-screen display. Proportions, driving impression and fuel economy were advantages on previous crossover. But, stuff like automatic transmission and off-road capability received negative critics. These will suffer most changes on upcoming SUV.

2018 Fiat 500X

2018 Fiat 500X engine

There will be two engines in the mix for 2018 Fiat 500X. Buyers in North America are choosing between 1.4-l and 2.4-l drivetrains, both four-cylinder. However, smaller one offers 160 horses, sent through 6-speed manual gearbox. Also, this base unit has turbocharger. Other one, a 2.4-l powertrain can delivers 180 hp. Nevertheless, this engine uses different transmission. Newly developed 9-speed auto, received a lot of negative critics on last edition. Rough shifting and bad influence on mileage are just some of complains. For 2018 year model, this gearbox will suffer either improvement, or elimination.

2018 Fiat 500X engine

2018 Fiat 500X mileage and competition

New crossover is using either front-wheel drive or AWD. Of course, all-wheels provide better traction, in cost of mileage. With bigger engine, 2018 Fiat 500X offers 24 mpg combined. Numbers are better for two-wheel drive. A 2.4-l engine can go 27 mpg, while best fuel economy comes with smaller drivetrain. Models that gets power from 1.4-l engine can go 28 mpg combined, and 34 mpg on highway. Numbers are similar to its competition. The 500X will battle Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V. There is also brand new Mazda CX-3 crossover. Also, Fiat prepares special Abarth edition for 2018.

2018 Fiat 500X front

2018 Fiat 500X redesign

Highlight of the exterior design of 2018 Fiat 500X are its wheels. Four 18-inch wheels offer almost perfect balance. Nevertheless, in 2018 we will have again three trim levels, as with current model. These are Pop, Trekking and Lounge. Cabin of this crossover received most positive marks. It is clean, with a lot of helpful tools. Infotainment screen reads info from cameras. This boosts safety, also. Climate control is better than before. Outside, we can see larger ground clearance. This makes Fiat 500X perform better off the road. Nevertheless, this SUV is more urban vehicle, than it is adventurer.

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