The LA Auto Show is now underway. Many brands are showcasing concept designs and what’s in store for 2019 and beyond. For FIAT, one of its displays was the refreshed 2019 FIAT 500X, and it truly astounds.

What does the refresh entail? The most notable change is the all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine, delivering 177 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque. It comes mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive. This is a big change from the 2018 model, where all-wheel drive was optional with front-wheel drive as the standard offering.

How does the new engine work? Its MultiAir III system regulates the opening and closing of the valves to enable more efficient exhaust-gas recycling. It also lowers compression ratios by delaying the closing of the valve. This reduces knock and improves fuel economy.

The debut of the 2019 FIAT 500X at the LA Auto Show also revealed new exterior changes. The modifications are subtle but noticeable. This includes the option of full-LED headlights, with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights as standard. Buyers will also have three additional color palettes to select from: Vibrante Green, Italia Blue, and Milano Ivory. This results in a total of 12 color choices.

In the cabin, the steering wheel and instrument cluster have been revised. Even more noteworthy is standard Uconnect® infotainment, which comprises smartphone integration, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Bluetooth®, and more on a seven-inch touchscreen.

You can expect the arrival of the 2019 FIAT 500X at FIAT of Winter Haven in the spring of 2019. While waiting, feel free to check out the current 2018 FIAT 500X, or any of our new FIAT models. To learn more about the upcoming 500X, get in touch with our FIAT dealers serving Auburndale, FL today!