The future Fiat 500X Abarth it’s more than just rumors. It would be the next addition to the already-sexy Abarth lineup, the high-performance division of Fiat. All because the ascending popularity of crossover and their sports-like modifications.
The 500X Abarth’s presence on the market would represent a serious threat to other strong competitors, as the Nissan Juke Nismo RS and the MINI Countryman JCW, both high-performance, good-looking crossovers.
While there are not official statements and numbers, the specialized media is pretty convinced of its existence and already have some specs running on the Internet. This sensation is possibly caused by the obvious reasons: Fast and aggressive crossovers are in-demand, and the 500X could be the best option for Fiat to enter the market.
More than a Capable Engine for its Size
In fact, as we said, the 500X Abarth isn’t officially announced yet, but the Fiat Chrysler Group COO (Chief Operational Officer) itself, Alfredo Altavilla, said that, besides the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, the 500X is being seriously considered to be part of the near future Abarth lineup. Many in the industry consider the 500X Abarth a reality.
Let’s see its possible specs. The 500X Abarth is probably going to pack the Alfa Romeo 4C’s 1.75 L turbo inline-4 engine that generates 200 hp and could reach from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in less than seven seconds. About its top speed, the 2017 500X Abarth have an estimated limit of 155 mph (249 km/h).
In this matter, the 2017 500X Abarth would be one of the best options for high-performance, compact crossovers in the market. It was the 2016 Juke-R Nismo the crossover that started the crazy performance trend.
Reports also say that four-wheel-drive setup will not be available to the 500X Abarth in order to save some weight. In this case, this modified crossover would come with a front-wheel-drive transmission. This fact is highly criticized by the media already, due to the impractical nature of a single traction crossover.
Exterior, Interior and their new Aggressive Looks
The 500X Abarth body kit would feature the highly recognizable Abarth racing-inspired design that we can see on the Punto Evo, the 500C and the 500, all members of the performance division of Fiat.
The Abarth version of the 500X would also come with sexier side skirts, rear spoiler, and other notable body kit modifications in order to improve its performance and aggressive appeal. The already awesome 500X could be improved by Abarth by adding all these sports-like details, including a dual exhaust system. We can all already imagine that sound.
In the interior, we could find sports seats and racing-inspired instruments. Basically the same of the other Abarth versions that we all know. Instruments should be basic but stylish in order to be on the same page as its siblings.
The Bottom Line
There is no sense in a front or rear-wheel-drive crossover because the main reason of purchasing them is their all-wheel-drive capacity and performance. Having this said, it’s clear that it would be a great mistake to launch a 500X Abarth with single traction. The specialized media is already hating this fact.
The most serious competitor of this new Abarth would be the Mercedes-Benz GLA250, an extremely hot crossover that packs a turbocharged 2 L engine with the capacity to generate 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This German little beast is available now for $31.300 in the standard version, having also available a Sports Package for $2.000.
The 2017 Fiat 500X Abarth have an estimated price tag of $31.000.