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by Tim Beissmann

The Fiat 500X has been teased at a press conference in Italy, giving the world its first look at the upcoming bush-bashing Bambino.

The city-sized crossover is a chunkier version of the Fiat 500L – the Italian marque’s take on the Mini Countryman, which debuted at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March and launches in Europe later this year.

Based on the Fiat Panda platform, the 500X is set to replace the Fiat Sedici late next year, and is being developed alongside an all-new micro-sized Jeep 4WD that is due in 2014.

 

Boasting a boosted ride height and grey plastic lower panel edges, the 4.2m-long Fiat 500X looks to offer motorists both small-car practicality for congested cities and mild off-road ability for ventures off the beaten track.

The 500X does not share the 500L’s floating roof, however, substituting the pillar-less design for a more conventional layout.

The 500X will employ the same powertrains as the 500L, including a 0.9-litre two-cylinder ‘TwinAir’ petrol, a 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel, and should be offered in both front- and all-wheel-drive.

The five-door, five-seat Fiat 500X is set to make its public debut at the 2012 Paris motor show in September, when more details will be revealed.




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