This is the new Fiat 500X, which will go in sale in around 18 months' time, replacing the Fiat Sedici and becoming the fifth member of the Fiat 500 family.

Journalists attending the first drive of the new Fiat 500L last week were given this sneak preview of the new model.

Based on the same Punto-derived platform as the 500L, the 500X project will also sire a version for Jeep, Fiat’s US sister brand.

According to industry reports, the 500X and Jeep will be built at Fiat’s Mirafiori plant and the Italians are predicting as many as 280,000 combined global sales for the vehicles.