And the good news for lease customers is that the trim levels have been streamlined and refined to offer even more value for money.
With the outgoing 500X there were three main trim levels - Connect, Cross and Sport. Now, however, that ‘Connect’ variant has been ditched in favour of a new ‘Club’ model.
The 500X Club enjoys 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control and an eye-catching seven-inch infotainment touchscreen.
The 500X Cross has a more ‘rugged exterior’, says FIAT, and where it once made do with parking sensors, it now gets a full-on parking camera, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and an uprated automatic dual-zone climate control system.
Top of the range Sport models enjoy exclusive black 19-inch alloys, side skirts, a rear spoiler, new black fabric sports seats with red piping and a ‘500 logo’, automatic air conditioning, new matte titanium dashboard and a 3.5 inch colour cockpit screen.
Interestingly, FIAT appears to be phasing out the 1.3 litre engine you could have with the 500X, revealing for the 2022 model how, ‘all trim levels come with the efficient Firefly 1.0-litre unit with six-speed manual transmission’.
The long-running Tipo hatchback, an affordable alternative to the Vauxhall Astra or Ford Focus, is also available in three trim levels - Tipo, City Life and Cross.
The standard ‘Tipo’ gets adaptive cruise control, electric heated door mirrors, a seven-inch touchscreen with DAB, bluetooth and new 16-inch wheels.
The ‘City Life’ trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights and rear lights, a 7-inch full colour digital cluster, fog lights, and driver seat electric lumbar support.
Meanwhile the Tipo Cross - featuring a different exterior look with more rugged bumpers and roof bars - receives, over and above City Life. a rear-view parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, auto high beam, integrated Sat Nav and body-coloured door mirrors.
Another thing to bear in mind is that both the 500X and Tipo are also available in the limited edition (RED) trim - which comes thanks to a collaboration with (RED), a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030.
The overriding theme on the (RED) models is - obviously - a red colour palette as well as a liberal use of recycled and reclaimed materials throughout, including seats made from ‘Seaqual’ yarn, derived from plastics salvaged from the oceans.
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