Abarth reportedly working on hotter Alfa-powered Fiat 500X

A hotter version of the new Fiat 500X crossover is apparently in the works, built by Abarth and powered by the same engine as the Alfa Romeo 4C.

Rivalling models like the Nissan Juke Nismo, the more powerful version of the 500X is slated to go on sale next year, and will have the honour of becoming Abarth’s first-ever crossover model.

Specific details are still firmly under wraps, but several Italian media outlets have reported that it will be powered by the same turbocharged 1.7-litre engine as the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car.

Same engine as the Alfa Romeo 4C

If that turns out to be true, the engine will likely be attached to a dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters, with the possibility of both front- and four-wheel drive options.

Abarth, Fiat’s legendary racing wing, which is responsible for such monster cars as the 695 BiPosto, will likely also add bigger racing brakes to keep the power in check and other features.

Likely additions include an upgraded drivetrain and a string of exterior enhancements designed to maximise aerodynamics and airflow, along with large alloy wheels and low-profile tyres.

Other likely features will include a more aggressively-styled front bumper, side skirts and a rear spoiler, along with twin exhaust pipes and a diffuser at the rear for a true performance look.

It’s possible that Abarth could add a sports-tuned suspension to keep body roll in check, though it’s unknown whether the possible 500X would keep its off-roading prowess or not.

First unveiled last October, the Fiat 500X is the latest off-road model from the famous Italian manufacturer, following on from the Panda 4×4 and the recent Panda Cross.

Fiat 500X available to buy now

Available in two versions, the 500X keeps all of the same rounded features as the standard 500, with a range of upgrades to make it more capable, more durable and more appealing to a wider range of buyers.

A total of 12 different body colours can be specified, along with a wide list of equipment which includes an optional Beats by Dre stereo system, Bluetooth connectivity and four-wheel drive.

Fiat is remaining tight-lipped about the Abarth 500X, but it’s expected that it could debut as soon as the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Meanwhile, the regular Fiat 500X is priced from £14,595.