Sydney played host to a stylish Italian on the hills of Palm Beach recently. This was no prancing horse party though as it was reserved solely for the new Fiat 500X, a car which is capable of taking on more than just pristine asphalt.
The occasion kicked off with an introduction to the vehicle by Fiat-Chrysler’s CMO, Olivier Francois – a man credited for merging impeccable style and some of the world’s most recognised fashion brands to the Fiat badge. With a new design language and manufacturing standards in place, Fiat is looking to move into the upper echelons of the car branding segment without the detriment of an exorbitant pricing model that usually comes with a European car. A similar move to what Mini has done albeit with an Italian flair.
Proceedings kicked off from Sydney’s Australian Technology Park where guests were ushered into the beefed up mini-SUVs for a drive to Palm Beach. Considering how small the car looked from the outside, the inside provided an unexpected amount of legroom for our lengthy passenger. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine delivers a sufficient 125kW and 250Nm to all four wheels – not shattering figures but definitely enough to get the car moving around town and light trails. Zippy, small enough for a city car and capable enough to trek through the twists and bumps of the Ku-Ring-Gai National Park,
Upon arrival at the exclusive luxury meeting spot also known as one of the area’s finest residences, guests were treated to an authentic Italian experience by award-winning chef Stefano Manfredi. The alfresco affair was topped off with intricate festive desserts prepared by Melbourne’s Darren Purchese – the Melbourne version of Adriano Zumbo.
But back to the car. The 500X will come in four variants in Australia, each with the same 4-cylinder turbo that will slot in either a FWD or 4WD model depending on the driver’s needs (4WD models get a boosted 125kW whilst the FWD receives 103kW). The price of the 500X will start from $28,000 for an entry model and touch $39,000 for the top spec model.