Fiat is likely to bring an Abarth-tuned version of the 500X crossover to market in 2017 as the Italian company looks to expand its line-up.
While plans for a more powerful, Abarth-branded version of the 124 Spider, Fiat’s most recent new model, are well known, the tuning house is also considering a breathed-on version of the 500X, with the resulting model acting as a rival to the likes of the Mini Countryman JCW and Nissan Juke Nismo RS.
Nothing is official at this stage, but Abarth boss Paolo Gagliardo has spoken candidly about his desire to expand the Abarth range beyond its current 500-based models. “We want to keep growing and stabilise at a certain level,” he told Automotive News Europe, while admitting that the UK and Italy are currently two of Abarth’s biggest markets.
Gagliardo also confirmed that the Fiat brand wants to make a return to rallying, and while it was initially suggested that the Abarth 124 Spider would be the favoured choice to enter the World Rally Championship, a performance-inspired 500X would be another option.