Spy Shot: Baby Jeep/Fiat 500X Prototype
Is Jeep Going to Offer a Rebadged Fiat?
Check out this early prototype of a new vehicle, caught as it was being tested in Europe. This is the upcoming Fiat 500X, and it's said that a smaller "baby" Jeep is going to be based on it. That vehicle could be called the Jeepster and would be sold in the United States. It's likely to debut in late 2014 or early 2015.
In January, Chrysler Group product plans were leaked about bringing both models to the U.S. by 2014 or 2015. Those plans had been around since 2012, when we first heard that the Fiat 500X and baby Jeep were coming to America. The most recent news, which came from Automobile Magazine, is that the 2015 Fiat 500X will be unveiled next year for European buyers.
What you see here is a prototype based on a Fiat 500L. Considering the wheels barely fill out this test mule's fenders, it looks like the 500X will have a narrower track and shorter wheelbase than the L. However, while the Fiat 500X may well keep some of the L's rounded styling, we expect the Jeep version to get the familiar Jeep grille and a more squared-off exterior. Front and all-wheel drive will be offered, and the vehicles will likely be powered only by four-cylinder engines.
Both vehicles will be built in Fiat's Melfi, Italy, plant starting next year. We hear the company is spending $1.3 billion to renovate the facility in anticipation of the new vehicles. The shared Fiat platform is called Flexible Small Wide.
This is a very early prototype. We expect to see many more spy photos of both versions, over the coming two years as the crossovers are further developed.
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