Fiat has staged the North American debut of the 2016 500X at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Fiat has staged the North American debut of the 500X at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Set to go on sale early next year, the model is essentially a five-door 500 with an increased ride height. Five different trim levels will be available and the Trekking and Trekking Plus variants will be distinguished rugged bumpers and satin silver accents.

Entry-level models are sparsely equipped but feature air conditioning, body-color trim and a four speaker audio system. Of course, higher-end variants offer heated front seats, leather upholstery, a premium audio system and a Uconnect infotainment system with either a 5- or 6.5-inch display.

In the United States, two engines will be available. The entry-level 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo produces 160 bhp (119 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque, while the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 develops 180 bhp (134 kW) and 175 (237 Nm) lb-ft of torque. The 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo is paired to a six-speed manual transmission, while the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 is connected exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is optional on models equipped with the larger engine.

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