Fiat recently introduced the sportiest member of its 500X to date.
It features more aggressive styling and better performance, thanks to tuned suspension settings, lowered ride height, steering calibration and 19-inch wheels shod with high performance tyres.
In the engine department it comes with a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a dual-clutch transmission. It only develops 110kW, but the 500X doesn’t weigh all that much.
Fiat claims the new suspension tuning greatly enhances responsiveness at curve entry, reducing understeer by 26 percent, and oversteer, in extreme conditions, by 17 percent.
The new Sport model asserts its credentials with a host of exterior styling cues including body coloured side skirts and wheel arches, diffuser-style rear bumper, dual chrome exhaust and the full LED headlights and fog lamps. While specific 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard, 19-inch alloy wheels with performance tyres and gloss black hubcap are available as an option.
The sporty style of the exterior continues inside with an aluminium gear-knob, techno-leather flat based sports steering wheel with Alcantara inserts. Titanium grey dashboard, red elements on the instrument panel and specific TFT graphics, and Myron details finished with red stitching. The standard Alcantara upholstered steering wheel and the instrument panel cover provide a touch of sporting elegance.
The 500X Sport has not been confirmed for SA yet.