As the world awaits for Sergio Marchionne to reveal his final five-year plan for FCA, Fiat continues the development of the facelifted 500X SUV in hotter climates.
We already noticed its presence at the Arctic Circle a couple of weeks ago, this fresh batch of spy images brings some new things to the table.
We knew to expect a new front grille, redesigned DRLs and a new bumper, although now we see that the car will also feature LED technology on its secondary pair of headlights, the ones between the larger primary ones and the fog lights.
As expected, the design changes will all be influenced by the current Fiat 500, including the new LED taillights that feature a body-colored center section and circular LED daytime running lights.
Revisions will be subtle
Another aspect of the updated front end is the new grille, which is also partly visible. Not only is it larger than the one found on the current model, but the Fiat badge also looks different, no longer positioned in the middle of the horizontal strip.
Now, if you’re wondering what’s going to happen to the interior, know that we’re in that very same boat as you. Since the cabin of the 500X was already updated for the 2018MY, any new changes will presumably be more aesthetic in nature.
The 2018 Fiat 500X already got a new Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display and a reversing camera, but further updates could include something like a redesigned steering wheel, a more modern gauge cluster and a refreshed range of trim options.
Engines in US-spec models will probably remain the same
The Jeep Renegade’s Italian cousin could gain new or more efficient versions of existing petrol and diesel powertrains in Europe but US-spec models will stick to the 1.4 turbo and the normally aspirated 2.4-liter engine options.
With reports suggesting that Marchionne could drop Fiat from the US and China markets, the facelifted Fiat 500X might be one of the last models the Italian brand offers on this side of the Atlantic.
This latest update to the Fiat 500X will be applied to 2019MY cars, so expect an official unveiling towards the end of this year.
Article updated with new spy shots and additional reporting by Michael Karkafiris