The 2015 Jeep Renegade’s
Italian cousin, the Fiat 500X
, is set to make its auto show debut in Paris early next month, but a photo of the car has already hit the web. This is in addition to Fiat’s own photos showing the body of the 500X under construction at the car's plant in Melfi, Italy, as well as 2012’s tease of a design buck
The latest photo was posted to the Quattroruote Forums
by user gorillajr, and shows that the overall shape of the regular 500 hatchback has been retained for the slightly larger 500X. The larger footprint of the 500X is due to the fact that it is based on the new underpinnings developed for the Renegade--and not those of the smaller 500, nor the Panda-based front-wheel-drive platform that spawned the 500L tall wagon.
Expect the engine lineup to match that of the 500L, which in the U.S. means a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Six-speed manual and dual-clutch transmissions should be on offer, and both front- and all-wheel-drive versions are expected.
The 500X will be the sixth addition to the Fiat 500 family, joining the regular 500 hatch, 500c convertible, 500L MPV, 500 Abarth sports model, and 500e electric. Stay tuned for the full reveal of the compact crossover in the lead up to its debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show on October 2._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.