2022 Fiat 500X Cabrio MHEV en route to challenge VW T-Roc Cabriolet

A 2022 Fiat 500X Cabrio is in the pipeline and enters production (in Melfi, Italy) this Spring, says a fresh report from Quattroruote. As a derivative of the once-again-facelifted, 2022 Fiat 500X scheduled to debut this year, mild-hybrid technology is expected on both the cars.

Unlike other automakers, Fiat won’t make its convertible SUV with the entire roof cut off. It will retain the door structure of the 500X and use a 500c (500 Cabrio)-style retractable soft top for customers to get the ‘wind in the hair’ experience while technically still driving a crossover.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the convertible SUV was a niche segment and quite a tough one to crack. The VW T-Roc Cabriolet remains the only such model on sale today. It entered showrooms right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020.

Jörn Hasenfuß, the manager of Volkswagen’s Osnabrück plant (Germany) that manufactures the VW T-Roc Cabriolet told Die Wirtschaft in an interview last month (via issuu.com/Grafschafter Nachrichten) that the sales in Germany are a little over 10,000 units. In other European countries, there is hardly any sales to show. The plant management is now talking directly to dealers to increase sales with special edition models or “sondermodelle” as it is in German.

The Fiat 500X Cabrio also may not be arriving on the market at the best for convertibles in history but we doubt if conditions would ever improve for this bodystyle to thrive. However unlike the VW T-Roc Cabrio, it may arrive in the U.S. market in the future.

Electrification & cosmetic changes planned for the 2022 Fiat 500X

Introduced in October 2014, the Fiat 500X is six years old and has started showing its age. A new, 2022 Fiat 500X with electrification is under development to maintain interest until an all-new model, perhaps on a PSA developed platform, is ready.

Instead of a full makeover, FCA has decided to give the 500X a facelift following the first one in August 2018. Citing Quattroruoute magazine, a report from passionautoitaliane.com last month said that the Fiat 500X will be refreshed for the MY2021 in Europe.

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.

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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

In June this year, FCA confirmed that a Fiat 500X Hybrid is in the works, and according to the report, it will be a part of the MY2021 range (MY2022 in the USA). 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.

The global launch of the 2022 Fiat 500X could take place by July this year. Expect the new model to reach U.S. showrooms months after it goes on sale in Europe.

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