Our first international drive of the all-new Fiat 500X has given us an early impression of how the baby crossover will be specified when it arrives in Australian showrooms later this year.

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While Fiat Chrysler Australia is yet to finalise every detail of its 500X range, the preliminary specifications announced at the car’s international launch give a good idea of how the local line-up will shape up.

Australia’s Fiat 500X line-up will feature four trim levels: Pop, Pop Star, Lounge, and Cross Plus. The Cross Plus is the only variant in the range to send power to all four wheels and offer an enhanced ramp-over angle to give it some off-road credibility. The other three are driven solely by the front wheels, while all share their basic architecture with the forthcoming, pint-sized Jeep Renegade.

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Two tunes of a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine are available along with three transmissions, depending on the trim level selected.

The entry-level Pop and second-tier Pop Star get the low-power tune that produces 103kW at 5000rpm and 230Nm at 1750rpm. It pairs with six-speed manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions (Pop Star is auto only) and can launch the 500X from 0-100km/h in 9.8 seconds.

The Lounge and Cross Plus get slightly more power and torque, producing 125kW at 5500rpm and 250Nm at 2500rpm. Both are available exclusively with a nine-speed automatic transmission and accelerate from 0-100km/h in 8.6 seconds.

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Additional preliminary specification details can be seen in the model-by-model breakdown below, with highlights including 18-inch alloy wheels, Beats audio system, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.

Fiat hasn’t revealed pricing information at this stage, but told us to “expect the pricing spread to sit in the middle of its competitive set”, suggesting the range will fall between $20,000 and $35,000 before on-road costs.

 

Fiat 500X preliminary specifications:

Pop:

16-inch alloy wheels

Black mirror caps

Electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors

Rear parking sensors

Spoiler

Chrome exhaust tip

Electric parking brake

Hill holder

Seven airbags

Carbon-look interior trim

Body coloured dashboard

Split rear seat

Power windows

Cruise control

Manual air conditioning

Flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering wheel

Leather shift knob

Five-inch touchscreen radio

Six-speaker stereo system with USB and AUX ports

Pop Star (adds over Pop):

17-inch alloys

Auto headlights and wipers

Front foglights

Passive entry and keyless go

Bi-colour interior

Fiat Mood Selector

6.5-inch touchscreen system

Lounge (adds over Pop Star):

18-inch alloys

Chrome exterior accents

Privacy glass

Premium bi-colour interior

Brushed aluminium interior trim

Ambient lighting

Dual-zone climate control

3.5-inch colour instrument panel display

Beats audio system

Cross Plus (adds over Lounge):

Unique 18-inch alloy wheels and body kit

HID headlights

Enhanced ramp over angle

Roof rails

Satin chrome details

Unique premium bi-colour interior

Unique dashboard fascia finish