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The facelifted Fiat 500X has been spied in Europe this week, giving us a preview of what to expect from the updated Italian SUV.

Despite heavy camouflage at the front and rear, we can see the revised bumper and lighting treatments at both ends.

There’s a new C-shaped LED daytime-running light signature a-la the 500 hatchback at the front, revised head- and tail-light units, and re-shaped fog-lights when compared to the current model.

Both prototypes spied appeared to be wearing alloy wheels from the current car, but our bet is revised choices will be part of the mid-life refresh.

No images of the interior were snapped, but it’s not expected that much will change inside other than a few trim changes and the inclusion of parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’s (FCA) latest-generation Uconnect infotainment systems.

Powertrains should also go relatively unchanged. The lineup currently consists of a gamut of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines globally.

In Australia, a recent 2018 model-year shuffle saw the higher-end Lounge and Cross variants – along with the option of all-wheel drive – deleted from the local range.

The update also added the availability of driver-assistance technologies like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist on higher-spec models.

In terms of timing, the updated 500X will likely debut late this year or early next, potentially as soon as the Paris motor show in October. With that in mind, don’t expect to see the new model on our roads until at least 2019.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates, and click the photos tab for more images.

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