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New 500X, with FCA’s new engine, hits the USA

by David Zatz on

The 2019 Fiat 500X, closely related to the Jeep Renegade, has arrived in the United States as Fiat continues its four-model range in the face of exceedingly low sales.

GSE 1.3 engine in 2019 Fiat

The first batch arrived at the Port of Baltimore; others will show up at other ports. The cars feature a brand new turbocharged 1.3 liter engine which combines Fiat and Chrysler engine traditions and technologies to produce a surprising 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. In the 500X, it has a nine-speed automatic and engine stop-start system.

All US-spec Fiats now come with turbocharged standard engines.

The new 500X has a revised front and rear fascia, and optional adaptive cruise and front park assist. The starting price (for Pop) is $25,985, including destination; that includes 17 inch aluminum wheels, LED DRLs and tail lamps, and power and heated mirrors with turn signals. The stereo has CarPlay and Android compatibility.  The Trekking starts at $27,490, and the top Trekking Plus starts at $30,690, Trekking Plus and includes LED headlamps, leather seats, ambient lights, seven-inch touch screen, and navigation.


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