New Fiat 500X SUV true to Jeep lineage

Oct 07, 2014 1536

With the new pint-sized Fiat 500X, Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne wants to show his vision for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is ready for the street.

The trendy Italian crossover model has a roundish front and curvy rear reminiscent of the iconic 500 subcompact, and yet it's essentially a clone of the rugged, boxy Jeep Renegade. The two compact sport-utility vehicles are largely the same under the surface, sharing engines, transmissions and other key components to cut costs. The two will be built on the same assembly line in Italy.

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