The X in Fiat 500X will stand for crossover, according to Fiat sources speaking with Automotive News.
The industry journal reports that the 500X will pip the 500L five-door hatchback (main picture) by about 6cm in length to measure about 420cm.
It is set to replace the Fiat Sedici (pictured below), the Italian car maker’s twin to the Suzuki SX4 (both are assembled on the same line in Hungary).
The new Fiat 500X will itself be twinned with another vehicle, a micro-sized Jeep 4WD that was initially set to be based on the Fiat Panda platform as part of the Fiat-Chrysler alliance but will now be based on the Fiat Punto city car along with the 500X and 500L.
Fiat engines will power both models and include a 0.9-litre two-cylinder and 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrols and a 1.3-litre turbo diesel. Both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive variants are anticipated.
Expect the Fiat 500X to emerge in late 2013, with the baby Jeep – apparently codenamed B-SUV – due in 2014.
There’s a good chance both models will come to Australia after the confirmation last week that the Fiat brand in Australia would move out of the care of Ateco Automotive and into the hands of Chrysler Group Australia that runs Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep locally.