Competes with: Mini Countryman, Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke
Looks like: A perky hatchback
Drivetrains: To be determined engines with manual and automatic transmissions, front- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: First half of 2015
Fiat fans have known since at least earlier this year that the Italian brand would build a small SUV. Well, the wait is over. Witness the 2016 500X, an all-new model that's based on the soon-to-go-on-sale-itself Renegade from Jeep, one of umpteen mashups to be expected in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' future. The 500X debuted at this week's 2014 Paris Motor Show, and a full reveal for the U.S. version will come at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
Roughly the size of the forthcoming Chevrolet Trax — and a bit larger than the Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke, two other micro-SUV competitors — the 500X is technically the longest current Fiat model in the U.S., eclipsing the 500L by about an inch. The 500X will come in both metro- and adventure/leisure flavors. Fiat says it will sell the car in "more than 100 countries," including the U.S. in the first half of 2015.