This week’s blog entry from FIAT of Winter Haven is for the bold and brave, as we take a closer look at the 2017 FIAT 500X.

As with the previously highlighted 2017 FIAT 500L, the engineers behind FIAT motorcars designed a car that kept everything that made the new FIAT 500 such a hit, but put it all into a crossover SUV package. The same shape and easy-on-the-eye, Italian design cues are present in the new FIAT 500X.

Because it’s a crossover SUV, the FIAT 500X offers all-wheel drive (AWD) to the mix to improve its all-weather capability. The drivetrain will automatically provide power to the rear axle when the front wheels slip, ensuring that – rain, shine, or snow – you can count on a secure connection to the road and excellent traction. To meet the demands of the available AWD system, equipped models of the 2017 FIAT 500X are powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark® engine. Side-by-side with the standard 1.4-liter inline-4, the larger engine achieves 180 horsepower and up to 175 lb-ft of torque, vs. 160 horsepower and up to 184 lb-ft of torque in the smaller engine. Obviously, neither of these load-outs are anything to sneeze at.

The available features in the 2017 FIAT 500X offer plenty to get excited about, too. As with other new FIAT cars, the interior is beautifully designed, especially when equipped with leather trim. There’s also the dual-pane sunroof to gaze out of, an available nine-speaker BeatsAudio™ premium sound system, and various flavors of touchscreen control centers. Lest we forget, the 2016 FIAT 500X was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, which applies to all vehicles built after July 2015.

Visit FIAT of Winter Haven, your FIAT dealership near Auburndale, FL, and test drive a new FIAT 500X today.