You can now combine open-top driving with everyday practicality with the new FIAT 500X Dolcevita, which makes its debut in the UK this month.
The eye-catching Dolcevita model is the answer to two very unique questions.
You might ask something along the lines of: “I like the styling of the FIAT 500, but it’s far too small for my family - is there something a bit bigger?'
The answer, of course, is the 500X, which is what happens if you put the little 500 on steroids and turn it into a chunky little SUV crossover.
The second question goes something like this: “You can get the standard 500 with a funky canvas top that slides back at the flick of a switch - why can’t I have one of those with the bigger 500X?”
The response here is that now, for the first time ever, you can. And so in steps the Dolcevita, priced from £23,975.
A FIAT spokesperson explains:
“The Fiat 500X Dolcevita makes its debut today, providing customers with the option of combining open air driving with everyday versatility and practicality.
“The 500X Dolcevita’s canvas soft top opens at the touch of a button in 15 seconds, even while driving at up to 62mph, and has been engineered to have an unchanged load capacity compared to the hard top 500X. It also ensures good visibility and an open-air experience, even for passengers in the back. The canvas is available in black, grey and red, to match the ten body colours available.”
The Dolcevita arrives hot on the heels of a refresh of the 500 family, including the 500X, with an updated range structure. Its line-up now consists of three trim levels, each one with its own specific features and content-packed equipment.
The Connect trim level is directed at customers who want to 'stay connected at all times'. It comes as standard with the 7-inch Uconnect infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New features include black seats, techno-leather steering wheel and 17” alloy wheels. The specs also feature blacked-out windows, fog lights, and LED DRLs.
In its Cross trim level, the 500X marries ‘dynamism and its character as an Italian crossover’, says FIAT, and is designed to get away from city traffic and to experience exciting out-of-town adventures. This version debuts new seats with a camouflage-patterned center panel, vinyl inserts, 19” alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning and parking sensors as standard.
The top of the range is the Sport trim level, marked out by its exclusive black 19” alloy wheels, side skirts, rear spoiler, new black fabric sports seats with red piping and 500 logo, automatic air conditioning, new matte titanium dashboard and 3.5" colour TFT.
The engine range consists of two petrol powertrains – a 120hp, 1.0-litre unit and a more powerful 150hp, 1.3-litre mill.
It might be quirky, but chances are it'll prove popular.
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