Fiat is planning to launch an Abarth variant of its 500X crossover that could compete with the Nissan Juke Nismo RS and the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works, as per a new report by Auto Express. The 500X will join the upcoming 124 Spider and the 500 hatchback in the Abarth variant range.
“Besides the 124 and 500, we are thinking about an all-new addition to the line-up,” Alfredo Altavilla, Fiat Chrysler Group chief operating officer, told the website. “The 500X is one of the options being considered.”
A speculative rendering (featured image) from the British publication previews how an Abarth 500X could possibly look like. Modifications include a lowered stance, chunkier bumpers, new side skirts and larger wheels. The twin tailpipes, rear spoiler and a diffuser below the bumper round up the car’s sporty exterior. Inside, the report states, one can expect bucket front seats, extra sports dials and gauges and plenty of ‘Scorpion’ badges.
Under the hood of Abarth 500X, we may see the same 1.75-litre turbocharged Alfa Romeo 4C engine that is rumoured to be used in Abarth 124 Spider as well. As with the latter, it could produce up to 200 hp. Even though there are rumors of the car getting an AWD configuration, a cheaper and lighter FWD system is more likely. Nonetheless, it will truly be a performance-oriented variant.
“We went a bit too far with the Punto Abarth,” Altavilla stated. He further added: “Now our customers won’t buy a fake. If the 500X becomes the addition to the Abarth line-up, it will be everything but a family version. Any new version of an Abarth car should deliver some sort of a performance enhancement, otherwise it is useless.”
It’s not certain when the Abarth 500X will be launched, but it is unlikely to be showcased before 2016.
[Source: Auto Express]