The new Nissan Juke-rivalling SUV crossover will be offered with three engines, including a range-topping 140hp 2.0-litre turbodiesel with four-wheel drive and nine-speed automatic transmission.
The best sellers will, however, be either the 140hp 1.4-litre MultiAir II turbo petrol or the 120hp 1.6-litre MultiJet II turbodiesel. Both are only offered in regular front-wheel drive guise.
None of these engines will boast sub-£15,000 pricing, though. The £14,595 car will actually use a fourth engine choice, a 110hp 1.6-litre ‘E-torQ’ petrol motor, which won’t be available from launch.
Early adopters for the Fiat 500X will thus discover prices start at £17,595, for the 1.4-litre MultiAir II Popstar model.
500X Opening Edition launch special
This range launch car will be available in special Opening Edition trim. Based on the stock Popstar trim (and trading for the same price), it’s available in both 4×2 and 4×4 guise, and includes 18-inch alloys, climate control, crash-avoiding Safety Pack, keyless go-equipped Comfort Pack and dark rear glass.
The 1.4 and 1.6 models will be finished in Art Grey and the 4×4 will be painted in tri-coat Amore Red. The latter also adds sat nav, two-tone red and black leather interior, Visibility Pack and paddleshifters for the standard automatic gearbox.
In all, Opening Edition models carry up to £2850 of extra kit at no extra charge, reckons Fiat.
As well as this Opening Edition, Fiat will offer the 500X in a familiar range of trims: Pop, Popstar, Cross, Lounge and Cross Plus.
UK deliveries of the 500X will begin in spring 2015.