The Italian-inspired Fiat brand certainly knows how to stand out from the crowd. Those looking for a completely new driving experience should jump behind the wheel of a Fiat – their vehicles, despite being small, are huge on personality.
Adding to that personality is the new Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition, which gives fans of the lovable Italian namesake another way to express themselves. The Adventurer Edition joins the Blue Sky Edition, announced earlier this year.
The Adventurer Edition, based on the Trekking model, adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, black roof rails, and lots of orange: the mirror caps, body-side graphics, cross bows, and front and rear splash guards are all orange. The molded rear cargo tray and all-weather mats are nice touches for the inside.
“The new Adventurer package offers rugged, adventurous styling and yet another opportunity for customers to personalize their Fiat 500X,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America.
While the styling is a major draw for Fiat enthusiasts, engineers are precise about how the 500X is constructed. The engineering teams carefully design each of the vehicle’s systems and components to return a solid balance of performance, safety, and fuel efficiency.
The 500X is the first Fiat available with all-wheel drive, giving it a distinct advantage in harsh weather versus its other stablemates. Further, all 500X models include a Dynamic Selector system, which allows drivers to alter the vehicle’s performance based on the conditions ahead. Over 70 advanced safety systems are also available.
Power & Performance
The 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo, standard on the Fiat 500X Pop, creates 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of torque. It’s inexpensive to own and fun to drive with its six-speed manual transmission. The 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 engine with MultiAir2 allows for a bit more when linked up to its nine-speed automatic: 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. of torque.
The larger Tigershark engine is standard on the Trekking and Lounge but available on the Pop. We would recommend optioning any 500X with this engine, the Adventurer Edition included.
All-wheel drive models receive a special rear axle that “disconnects” when all-wheel drive is not needed to increase efficiency.
Technology & Connectivity
Yes, plenty of both for the Adventurer Edition. Drivers are treated to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth capability, and voice commands. To maximize the jams via streaming audio or SiriusXM, an available BeatsAudio system includes eight speakers and a subwoofer.
Fiat runs the Uconnect 4 system with a seven-inch touchscreen. For 2018, improvements include quicker startup times, enhanced processing power, higher resolution, and sharper graphics.
Pricing & Availability
The 2018 Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition comes in four colors: Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat), Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat), Grigio Graphite (Graphite Grey), and Grigio Argentino (Grey Metallic). Interior colors include black or brown.
The Adventurer Edition is available for $945 on either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive models, which start at $23,685 and $25,585 respectively, excluding destination.
Expect the 2018 Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition on the market later this summer.
Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan. He studies mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, serves on the Board of Directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan.