Fiat 500X Begins Early Builds, July 4 Reveal Confirmed
During the massive briefing in which the newly formed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently revealed the five-year plans for its many brands, it was noted that the Fiat 500X would be launched later this year in Europe and next year for the U.S. Now, Fiat has confirmed that the Fiat 500X will gets its official unveiling on July 4, 2014, which just happens to be the 57 years to the date that the original Fiat 500 was introduced. PHOTOS: See More of the 1957 Fiat 500 In addition to the date, Fiat has also released the first images of the small crossover rolling off the assembly line in Melfi, Italy. This is the same plant where the 2015 Jeep Renegade will be built, and one can be seen in the background in the image above. At least six of the Fiat 500X models can be seen in as bodies in white with just the doors and hood helping to give away some of the styling direction. Still, it is obvious that the Fiat 500X has stayed pretty true to the design that Fiat first teased almost two years ago.
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After its July unveiling, the Fiat 500X will likely make its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in September before going on sale later this year in Europe to compete against other crossover/hatchbacks like the Mini Countryman and the Nissan Juke. U.S. buyers will have to wait until next year to get their hands on the newest member to the ever-growing Fiat 500 family. Following the 500X, Fiat has also promised a new “specialty” vehicle, which will debut by the end of 2015. Other than this model’s future existence, there is no additional information about it.