Electrification & Cabriolet planned for the 2022 Fiat 500X

A 2022 Fiat 500X Cabrio is in the pipeline and is to enter production (in Melfi, Italy). As a derivative of the once-again-facelifted, 2022 Fiat 500X, mild-hybrid technology would be added to the range. Let’s take a look at what we know on the next variants of the 500X.

Fiat 500X Convertible

Unlike most 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 in December 2020 (via issuu.com/Grafschafter Nachrichten) that the sales in Germany are a little over 10,000 units. In other European countries, sales have been slow. The plant management was talking directly to dealers to increase sales with special edition models or “Sondermodelle” as it is in German, it was reported.

The Fiat 500X Cabrio may not arrive on the market at the best time for convertibles in history, but we doubt if conditions would greatly improve for this bodystyle to thrive. However, unlike the VW T-Roc Cabrio, it may get to see the U.S. market in the future. We expect an update on the launch timeline of the 500 Cabrio in the coming months.

Cosmetic changes on the 2022 Fiat 500X

Introduced in October 2014, the Fiat 500X crossover 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, perhaps on a Stallantis platform, is ready around 2024.

Instead of a complete 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 in December said that the Fiat 500X would be refreshed this year 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, it was reported.

An update on the launch of the refreshed 500X is awaited in the second half of the year.

Fiat 500X Hybrid confirmed

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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 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 a hybrid system in 2022.

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).

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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