A new report indicates Abarth has plans to launch the beefier Fiat 500X sometime in 2017.

A new report indicates Abarth has plans to launch the beefier Fiat 500X sometime in 2017.

Abarth has already confirmed a punchier iteration of the 500X is on its way and now Autocar has managed to find out more details about the model. It’s apparently due in 2017 following next year’s release of the Abarth 124 Spider, and will be offered with the 1.4-liter MultiAir II engine used on other models sold by Fiat. In this application, the engine will develop around 170 hp (127 kW) and will work exclusively with an all-wheel drive arrangement.

As standard, the Abarth 500X will come with a six-speed manual transmission, but at an additional cost you’ll be able to order the hot crossover with an optional six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Aside from the stronger internals, the model is bound to receive bespoke styling inside and out, along with additional mechanical changes like upgraded brakes, sportier suspension setup, and a throatier exhaust system. It will gain a more aggressive body, bespoke alloy wheels, along with several revisions inside the cabin to denote it’s an Abarth-tuned variant.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has plans to make the Abarth 500X a global model, but with an emphasis on the US market. Although there’s no word about price just yet, it's safe to say it will command a serious premium over the regular Fiat version that begins at $20,000 MSRP in United States.

Note: Unofficial Abarth 500X render pictured.

Source: autocar.co.uk

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