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Fiat announces facelifted 500X

by Ronan Glon
Fiat announces facelifted 500X

It might not come to the United States.

Jeep recently introduced a facelifted Renegade on the European market. It's almost time for the Renegade's sister model, the Fiat 500X, to go under the knife. It's not guaranteed to show up in American showrooms, though.

As is often the case, the dark teaser image does a good job of hiding the updates. It looks like they're minor, however, and largely limited to new-look lights with integrated LEDs. This isn't a massive, far-reaching overhaul -- at least not when it comes to design. The rear end will likely adopt a similar treatment. All told, the updates appear to bring the 500X in line with the most recent version of the 500.

Fiat will likely update the infotainment system. And, it's safe to bet the 500X will receive the brand-new turbocharged, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine also available on the Renegade. It's an engine not developed with the United States market in mind.

The updated 500X will make its world debut in September. It won't be displayed at the biennial Paris auto show because Fiat, like all of FCA's brands save for Maserati, will skip the event. Motori adds the crossover will reach showrooms across Italy before the end of the year. There's a catch: we're not certain it will be sold in the United States yet.

The American-spec 500 hasn't received the updates the European-spec model got in 2015. This might come down to the fact that they're built in two different factories; Europe gets its 500 from Poland while America sources it from Mexico. The 500X is made alongside the Renegade in Italy, and Jeep previously hinted the updates made to the European-spec model wouldn't carry over to the version sold in America.