2022 Fiat 500X with fresh looks to gain electrification [Update]

Update – ‘New design’ section updated.

The 500X has a new story ahead that’s about to get interesting. Starting with the 2022 Fiat 500X, additional variants and two levels of electrification are in the works to unlock new sales volume in the booming crossover market.

New design

The Fiat 500X debuted in October 2014 and had started showing its age. Italian auto media reported last year that a refreshed 2022 Fiat 500X with electrification is under development to maintain interest until an all-new model is ready in 2024. Now, Stellantis has revealed the Fiat 500X facelift. However, we are seeing the refreshed look exclusively on the (RED) variant that supports the global health organization (RED), which fights AIDS and COVID-19. The 500X (RED) is part of the (FIAT) RED range.

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In place of the split radiator grille, the 2022 500X features a single-piece design. Where the 2021 500X features the upper part of the split radiator grille and the Fiat logo, the new model has a closed, smooth surface and the ‘500’ logo. These changes present the SUV a clean front-end, resembling the 500e. On the sides, the 2022 Fiat 500X features new multi-spoke alloy wheels bearing the 500 logo. At the rear, the new Fiat badge in block letters replaces the Fiat roundel above the chrome applique.

The interior design of the 2022 500X is no different from the old model. We see the same dashboard, center console, steering wheel, and instrument cluster. Against expectations, the Uconnect 5 infotainment system isn’t present in the new model; the older Uconnect 4 infotainment is set to continue.

2022 Fiat 500X interior dashboard
The interior design of the Fiat 500X remains unchanged with the MY2022 update. Image Source: Stellantis

Electrified engines

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 mild-hybrid engine module at the Termoli plant. Stellantis may manufacture the 500X Hybrid with 1.0 GSE T3 (three-cylinder) and 1.3 GSE T4 (four-cylinder) FireFly Turbo turbocharged engines. According to Clubalfa.it, the 500X should receive the hybrid system this year, though Fiat has not disclosed technical details of the 2022 Fiat 500X yet.

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FCA revealed that it plans to launch a Fiat 500X Hybrid when it entered into a €6.3 billion credit facility with Intesa Sanpaolo in June 2020. Image Source: FCA

All-electric Fiat 500X confirmed

Fiat’s business is concentrated in the A- and B-segments, and until battery costs are on par with combustion vehicles, it cannot get aggressive with BEV launches. The company will begin its EV offensive in 2023 and gradually construct a full EV line-up. Olivier Francois, CEO, Fiat, talked about the strategy at the Stellantis EV Day 2021 event on July 8, 2021. 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. “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.

If the 500X EV arrives before 2025, which the European media expects, it would ride on the new Stellantis eCMP platform that debuts later this year. If the launch is programmed anytime after, it would benefit from the advanced STLA Small platform, which the group plans to commercialize that year. The company plans to offer STLA Small platform-based EVs with 37-82 kWh (total capacity) battery packs that provide a range of up to 500 km (311 miles) and 70-180 kW motors, primarily in the A- and B-segments.

Fiat 500X Yachting

Unlike most automakers, Fiat hasn’t made its convertible SUV, which it launched last year, 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.

Fiat 500X Yachting convertible front three quarters
Europe’s Fiat 500X Yachting is America’s Fiat 500X Yacht Club Capri. Image Source: Stellantis

The Fiat 500X Yachting allows opening the roof with a single push of a button, where the electric soft top takes a few seconds to fold. 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, is available in the U.S. market where it is branded as the Fiat 500X Yacht Club Capri special edition.

Fiat has built the U.S.-spec 500X Yacht Club Capri on the Sport trim with the Venezia blue exterior paint, unique 18-inch sport wheels, exclusive blue Al-Fresco soft top, satin-finished exterior trim, and Yacht Club Capri badging. Inside, it distinguishes the special edition model from the 500X Sport with ivory leather seats with blue piping and woodgrain dash insert with the satin-finished gear shift.

MY2022 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 have been taken off the shelves. Fiat sold just 2,374 cars in 2021, registering a degrowth of 45 percent YoY. There’s uncertainty about the brand’s long-term survival in America with such numbers, but it soldiers on in 2022.

The MY2022 500X is a carryover with just two changes, the introduction of the Al-Fresco folding fabric roof and the Yacht Club Capri special edition mentioned above. The Al-Fresco roof is available across the range in black, red, gray, and blue colors, although the latter is exclusive to the 500X Yacht Club Capri.

The 2022 Fiat 500X for the U.S. features the same 1.3L direct-injection turbo gasoline engine with the MultiAir III valve-actuation technology and engine stop-start (ESS) technology.

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