On July 1, 2021, the official revealing of a Fiat 500X convertible called ‘Fiat 500X Yachting’ celebrated the opening of Europe’s internal borders with the “Green Pass.”
Unlike most automakers, Fiat hasn’t made its convertible SUV with the entire roof cut off. It has retained the door structure of the 500X and used a 500c (500 Cabrio)-style retractable soft top for customers to get the ‘wind in the hair’ experience while technically still driving a crossover.
The Fiat 500X Yachting allows opening the roof with a single push of a button. The electric soft top takes a few seconds to open, but Fiat hasn’t disclosed the exact number yet. The third body style of the 500X is available in a new, exclusive color called Venezia Blue, along with new and exclusive 18-inch ’46’ alloy wheels featuring blue highlights.
The Fiat 500X Yachting, unlike arch rival VW T-Roc Cabrio, may get to see the U.S. market in the future.
Cosmetic changes on the 2022 Fiat 500X
The Fiat 500X crossover debuted in October 2014 and it has started showing its age. Italian auto media reports that a new 2022 Fiat 500X with electrification is under development to maintain interest until an all-new model is ready in 2024.
The 2022 Fiat 500X will feature a modernized fascia inspired by that of the Fiat 500e, which is FCA’s first pure electric car from the outset. Like the 500e, the 2022 Fiat 500X will feature a dedicated 500 logo at the front instead of the Fiat badge. Interior changes following this intervention may include the availability of the all-new Uconnect 5 touchscreen infotainment system, it was reported.
Fiat 500X Hybrid expected in 2022
In June 2020, FCA confirmed that a Fiat 500X Hybrid is in the works, and it is expected to be part of the new model range. The first-ever Fiat 500X Hybrid will feature a mild-hybrid GSE engine and FCA has revealed that it is developing the new GSE mild-hybrid engine module at the Termoli plant.
FCA may manufacture the 500X Hybrid with 1.0 GSE T3 (three-cylinder) and 1.3 GSE T4 (four-cylinder) FireFly Turbo turbocharged engines. Don’t expect the smaller engine to make it to the U.S. market, though. According to Clubalfa.it, though, the 500X should receive the hybrid system next year.
All-electric Fiat 500X confirmed
Fiat’s business is mainly in the A and B segments, and so, it needs to wait a few years till the battery costs come down to get aggressive with launches. The company may unleash its EV offensive in 2023 and develop an extensive EV line-up by the middle of the decade. Olivier Francois, CEO, Fiat, talked about the strategy at the Stellantis EV Day 2021 event on July 8. He said:
From 2023 and 24, you will see an unprecedented passenger car offensive that will bring electric versions on every nameplate and the same year – 2024 – Abarth, too, will switch to full BEV.Olivier Francois, CEO, Fiat (Stellantis EV Day 2021)
In the second half of the decade, Fiat expects to become an EV-only brand in Europe. The company is waiting for the cost of EVs to come down to the level of ICE vehicles. “We will do so as soon as we can offer electric at the price of thermic, which, in Europe, should happen by 2025-2030,” Francois said at the Stellantis EV Day 2021.
2022 Fiat 500X for the U.S.?
The 500X is the brand’s last standing model in the U.S. as the 500L and 124 Spider stocks run out. There’s uncertainty about the brand’s survival in America, but should Fiat continue in this region, the new 500X could arrive by mid-2022.
The Fiat 500X was last updated in the U.S. market for MY2021 in December 2020. The 2021 Fiat 500X in the USA includes upgraded Pop and Trekking trims with new dashboard inserts – matte blue techno finish for Pop and matte grey tech finish for Trekking – and new seat fabric. Customers can have the Sport trim with a new Sport Value Package option costing USD 700 that includes USD 3,400 worth of equipment, including 19-inch wheels, LED headlamps and fog lamps, dual-pane power sunroof, Beats audio system, windshield wiper deicer, navigation, heated front seats, and parking sensors (front and rear). Fiat sold 668 units of the 500X in the first half of 2021, registering a degrowth of 1 percent YoY.
In Italy, the Fiat 500X and the Fiat 500, and Fiat 500 L models received the Hey Google Assistant in March 2021. Moreover, according to a report from it.motor1.com, Fiat is offering steep discounts of up to EUR 6,000 on one of its configurations costing EUR 21,500.
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