Fiat has taken a big red marker to its inventory list for the 500X compact SUV, slashing the range from four variants to just two, culling the slow-selling high-spec versions and repositioning the remaining models to be more cost-effective.
The 2018 500X Pop now starts from $24,990 plus on-road costs when equipped with a 103kW/230Nm 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and six-speed manual. A dual-clutch six speed automatic is also available for an extra $2000.
Standard equipment includes a new, larger 7.0-inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment system equipped with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and voice recognition functionality, 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth seat trim, cruise control, and air conditioning.
A better-equipped 500X Pop Star variant comes in auto-only guise from $29,990 plus on-roads with added features like satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning with emergency braking, and lane departure warning.
As a special offer a Launch Edition model will also be be available on a limited basis with extra features like 17-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable front seats, black leather seat trim, power-folding exterior mirrors, and Beats premium audio priced from $32,990 plus on-road costs.
The range reshuffle means that the more powerful 125kW/250Nm engine, nine-speed automatic, all wheel drive, and upscale Lounge and Cross Plus trims have been discontinued, but value for the remaining variants improves with the Pop shaving over $1000 from its starting price while the Pop Star drops by over $2000.
Fiat 500X Pop manual - $24,990
Fiat 500X Pop automatic - $26,990
Fiat 500X Pop Star automatic - $29,9990
Manufacturer's list price excluding on-road costs. Overseas model shown.
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