The 2016 Fiat 500X is the Italian brand's first foray into the crossover market in North America. While it still won't go on sale for a few months, we now have pricing information for the latest addition to the Fiat 500 family.
The 500X will start at $20,900, including shipping, and will be available in five trim levels when it hits U.S. showrooms in the second quarter of 2015.
That base price buys the entry-level Pop model, which is also the only one available with the base turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It produces 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and is available only with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive.
Standard on other models and optional on the Pop is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, good for 180 hp and 175 lb-ft, and teamed with a nine-speed automatic.
From there, buyers can move up to the mid-level Easy and Trekking models, which start at $23,200 and $24,000, respectively.
Those models are surpassed by the Lounge ($25,750) and Trekking Plus ($28,000), which add standard equipment like dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, power driver's seat, and leather seating surfaces on the Trekking Plus.
Fiat is also dividing the 500X line up with different appearance packages. A "Street" package is the default while the two Trekking models get tougher, more SUV-esque styling.
Front-wheel drive is standard on all 500X models, but all-wheel drive can be added for $1,900 more.
While the 500X does share a platform with the 2015 Jeep Renegade, it doesn't share that model's off-road prowess. The 500X's all-wheel-drive system is set up for on-road use, and even decouples the rear axle to save fuel when extra traction isn't needed. The 500X is also a tad pricier than the Jeep, which starts at $18,990 in base, front-wheel-drive trim.
Both models will be built at Fiat's Melfi, Italy assembly plant. As mentioned, the 500X will go on sale in the U.S. in second-quarter 2015, but the car's online configurator is already live.
Head over to our sister site The Car Connection for an in-depth review of the 2016 Fiat 500X.