Fiat 500X confirmed

Fiat 500X
20 Dec, 2012 6:37pm Jimi Beckwith

Fiat has announced that the 500X and a small Jeep crossovers will be built at its factory in Italy

The Fiat 500X and a new small Jeep crossover will be built at Fiat’s factory in Melfi, Italy, from 2014.

At an event in Melfi, factory chairman, John Elkann, and Sergio Marchionne, Chairman and CEO of Fiat-Chrysler, confirmed that work is already underway to prepare the factory for the arrival of the two new models.

Key to this in the investment over €1billion (£810million) in the Melfi plant, which Fiat claims is now one of the most technologically advanced car factories in the world.

Both cars will be built on the Fiat-Chrysler ‘Small Wide’ platform, which underpins the Fiat 500L and is essentially an enlarged version of the underpinnings of the Fiat Punto.

We’ve already had a sneak peak of the 500X crossover, which joins the 500L and forthcoming 500XL in continuing Fiat’s plan to expand the 500 marque into a sub-brand of its own.

Details are yet to be revealed of the new Jeep, although it has been confirmed that the new car will fit into a sector in which Jeep has never competed before. Given its small size, a B-segment rival to the Nissan Juke and Ford EcoSport is most likely.

As for the Melfi plant, the factory now has new panel and body welding lines, new welding robots, upgrades to the assembly area and new technologies involving paintwork for the new cars.

The plant currently builds the Fiat Punto and Lancia Ypsilon, but the upgrades mean that the two new crossovers can be assembled on the same lines, with the total capacity for production per day up to 1,600.