Report: Fiat 500X Abarth In The Works
High-Performance Crossover to be Sold Globally
The world has gone crossover crazy, and manufacturers are looking for every way they can to take advantage of the trend. Part of that strategy is developing and selling niche models to appeal to enthusiasts, or just individuals who want something more unique than the typical run-of-the-mill model. According to Britain’s Autocar, Fiat reportedly has a hotter Abarth version of the 500X crossover in the works. The outlet is speculating it will have a higher-output version of the 1.4L MultiAir Turbo I-4 engine offered in the manual-transmission 500X in the U.S. However, the 500X is already offered with the 2.4L naturally aspirated Tigershark I-4 engine making 180 hp—more than the projected 170 hp of the high-output 1.4L.
To justify the Abarth label in the U.S. market, Fiat may be looking at an even more powerful engine. One intriguing possibility is the 1.7L 237hp turbocharged I-4 out of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car. More likely is a turbocharged 2.0L version of the Tigershark I-4, which makes in the neighborhood of 250 hp. The 500X and Jeep Renegade share an assembly line in Melfi, Italy, potentially making any upgrades offered on the 500X easily transferable to the Renegade. Renegade Trackhawk? We’re in.