Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Where is the FIAT 500X Crossover Made? Built in Italy!


Housed at the FIAT Centro Storico in Turin, Italy, the original Dante Giacosa-designed wooden master model for the 1957 FIAT 500 serves as inspiration for today’s 500X designers. With design cues that capture the charm and charisma of that very first “Nuova” Cinquecentro, the 2016 FIAT 500X boldly enters the Crossover segment with the FIAT spirit of innovation and functionality. . The interiors comfortably seat five while retaining classic elements like a smooth silhouette, 360-degree character lines, body-color instrument panels, circular three-button cluster and chrome door handles.

At the center of a major commitment to manufacturing reinvestment is the FIAT 500X, crafted in the newly updated assembly plant in Melfi, Italy. Outfitted with the Small Wide platform (one of three principal FCA architectures) and adhering to World Class Manufacturing (WCM) standards, Melfi is one of the most advanced vehicle assembly plants in the world. 

The vehicle platforms designed for Melfi allow for compliance with regulatory standards outside Italy, making for export-ready cars—no need for further modification. The FIAT 500X exemplifies the company’s widening global reach—it will be available for sale in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Take a virtual tour through the Melfi Plant here

For more information about your FIAT 500X reach out to us here at Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT in Columbus, OH

Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT
5665 Scarborough Blvd
Columbus, OH 43232

Thursday, July 16, 2015

2016 FIAT 500X Crossover - Columbus, OH

A first for the FIAT portfolio of offerings: an advanced All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. Available on most 500X models, AWD adds peace of mind on any drive.  With the FIAT® 500X Trekking Plus, you can take full advantage of new capabilities and offerings available. Athletic front and rear cladding and 18-inch wheels signal the kind of performance 180 horsepower and a cutting-edge, nine-speed automatic transmission can produce. 

This fully electronic transmission features on-the-fly shift-map changing, along with a unique set of four overdrive ratios that improve highway fuel efficiency and reduce overall noise, vibration, and harshness levels. Plus, the FIAT Dynamic Selector puts three customized driving modes at your fingertips. All told, you’re in for a responsive, smooth, and fuel-efficient drive.

The available, technologically advanced FIAT 500X AWD system works through a variable wet clutch located in the rear drive module. This clutch knows and supplies the right amount of torque for whatever the weather, roads, or driver throws at it, be it slippery conditions or an aggressive launch. The system requires no input from the driver—all actions (including AWD activation) are intelligently, seamlessly engaged based on conditions and drive style. And while the system boats leading traction management advances, it also works to improve dynamic handling.

AWD-Equipped Vehicles:
1 .      Approach Angle: 21.0°
2 .      Breakover Angle: 18.6°
3 .      Departure Angle: 24.1°

4 .      Ground Clearance: 7.05’’

Five trim lines:

This 500X is all about accessibility. With its “go anywhere, anytime” spirit, the 500X Pop will not only reflect popular culture, it will help inspire it. Features a 1.4L Multi-Air® Turbo engine with 6-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, cruise control, Uconnect® 3.0 radio with USB and AUX Media Hub, steering wheel-mounted controls, 60/40 rear folding seats, and more.

Of all the 500X models, Easy exudes that “sit back, I’ve got this” persona—and no wonder, with the added power and capabilities of its 2.4-liter 1-4 Tigershark® MultiAir®2 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission, the FIAT® Dynamic Selector, Uconnect 5.0 hands-free⁷ radio with voice recognition, and premium wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Also includes passive entry with Keyless Enter n’Go™ and remote start.

The name suggests it, but 500X Lounge will soon become your go-to place to unwind from a long day. Why not, when, in addition to Easy features, it offers unique Lounge cloth seats, heated front seats with eight-way power driver swat with four-way power lumbar,  Uconnect 6.5N with Navigation, eight speakers, ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera² and interior ambient lighting.

The brawny good looks of the 50X Trekking will give you the nudge you need to make good on those dreams of adventure. Features rugged-looking cloth seating, unique front and rear “rugged appearance” fascias, automatic headlamps, front cornering fog lamps, and unique 17-inch wheels. So, no excuse—get out there! Also includes passive entry with Keyless Enter n’Go and remote start.

For adventuresome spirits who in no way subscribe to the “roughing it” lifestyle, Trekking Plus has you covered. It steps things up with leather-trimmed seats, Dual-Zone automatic temperature-controlled climate system, ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera², ParkSense® Rear Park Assist², eight-way power driver seat with four-way power lumbar, heated steering wheel, Blind Spot Monitoring³ and Rear Cross-Path Detection².

Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT
5665 Scarborough Blvd
Columbus, OH 43232

Monday, July 13, 2015

6.5 inch uConnect VS. 5.0 inch uConnect


1. Bluetooth
-Handsfree calling – Audio Streaming – Pair up to 10 different phones – Dial phone on touch screen
- Visualize and call personal contacts

2. Touchscreen
- 6.5 Inch – Full Color Display – ParkView Rear Camera Ready

3. Voice Command
- voice promts – One-Step Voice navigation entry

4. Navigation
-Integrated GPS nav system – Navigate to New Address – Point of Interest – Go Home – Access to traffic, closed roads, congestion – Find nearest hospital, police or fire department – 3D landmarks, city models and digital maps.
COMES STANDARD ON FIAT 500X Lounge and FIAT 500X Trekking Plus trim lines.  (available on all models except Pop.)


1. Bluetooth
- Handsfree calling – Audio streaming – Pair up to 10 phones – Dial phone on touch screen – Visualize and call personal contacts

2. Touchscreen
- 5.0-inch – Full Color Display – ParkView Camera Ready

3.Voice Command
- Voice prompts

4. SiriusXM Radio
-Free subscription for 1 year

COMES STANDARD ON FIAT 500X EASY and FIAT 500X Trekking trim lines. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

2016 FIAT 500X Pop, Easy, Lounge, Trekking and Trekking Plus Explained

The 2016 FIAT 500X available at Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT in Columbus, Ohio comes in many different configurations.  Use this info sheet to understand what each trim level of the 500X includes.  Depending on your lifestyle and vehicle needs, the FIAT 500X Pop, Easy, Lounge, Trekking and Trekking Plus have you covered. All trim levels except Pop are available in All-Wheel-Drive.

FIAT 500X Pop
As always, we begin the FIAT 500X Pop our “humblest” offering, even though it’s anything but humble.  Simply from an everyday usability standpoint, the 500X Pop is PACKED with standard features.  Things you’ll enjoy everyday include the UConnect 3.0 AM/FM/USB/AUX audio system, power windows and door locks, power heated side mirrors, an easy-to-read instrument cluster, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, and of course air conditioning.

FIAT 500X Pop starting at $20,700

Aside from that, you’ll also feel safe and secure with the 7 standard airbags, standard all-speed Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), ABS with 4 wheel disc brakes, and anti-theft alarm.  If you already know FIAT, you’ll be very familiar with the 1.4L MultiAir Turbo engine.  If you’re unfamiliar, this is the same engine that powers the raucous FIAT 500 Abarth.  With 160hp and 184 lb. ft. of torque you’ll have a blast rowing through the 6-speed manual transmission as you cruise up to a very efficient 34 mpg highway, 25 mpg city, or 28 mpg combined.

You’ve got 6 vibrant color choices available to you on the Pop, so you can be unique without getting a loaded model!

FIAT 500X Easy

The FIAT 500X Easy is the next step up in the 500X Street Series.  With 6 unique equipment Collections designed to provide the most value and utility for each individual’s needs, the Easy is just the beginning of the customizable landscape the 500X provides.  The Easy has all the same functional features provided by the Pop as well as several standard upgrades.  These include a fantastic UConnect 5.0 AM/FM/SiriusXM/USB/Aux/Bluetooth audio system with 6 speakers, deep tinted rear and side rear glass, removable/adjustable cargo floor panel, alloy wheels, cruise control, and premium wrapped steering wheel.  You’ll love the standard Keyless Enter ‘n Go push button start, as well as the included remote start.  

The FIAT Dynamic Selector also allows you to manually adjust the traction, engine, and steering settings for Sport, Auto, or Traction+ modes.  I haven’t even mentioned the optional upgrades available, such as dual panel sunroof, Parkview rear backup camera with Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Path Detection, and of course FIAT’s all-new AWD system, to name just a few.  

This AWD system is incredibly intelligent and uses a control module to effectively engage and disengage the rear axle, which enables you to enjoy the safety and security of AWD when you need it and the efficiency of FWD when you don’t.  No matter which configuration you choose, you’ll absolutely love the all-new 2.4L 4-cylinder Tigershark MultiAir2 engine, which produces 180hp and 175 lb. ft. of torque that travels through a smooth 9-speed automatic transmission to give you maximum power and efficiency.

FIAT 500X Lounge
The crème de la crème of the 500X Street Series, the FIAT 500X Lounge spares no expense in swaddling you in luxury and technology.  With all the standard features of the 500X Easy, as well as a host of others, you’ll comfortably cruise anywhere your travels take you. 

Additional standard features on the Lounge include, but aren’t limited to, windshield wiper de-icer, fog lamps with cornering function, chrome trim, cargo area cover, color 3.5” TFT cluster display, and UConnect 6.5N with navigation, HD Radio, premium audio, and Sirius TravelLink (5 years included).  You also get the auto-dimming rearview mirror, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats and steering wheel standard.  

You can upgrade your 500X Lounge to include such features as full leather interior, Beats by Dre Premium Sound System, auto high beams, and high tech features like LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, FUll-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, and rain sensing wipers.  

This AWD system is incredibly intelligent and uses a control module to effectively engage and disengage the rear axle, which enables you to enjoy the safety and security of AWD when you need it and the efficiency of FWD when you don’t.

FIAT 500X Trekking
The FIAT 500X Trekking introduces the aptly named Trekking Series, a series that runs parallel to the Street Series with similar prices and options but with a slightly different focus.  While the Street Series focuses on the asphalt driver’s needs, the Trekking Series takes into consideration those whose lives often take them off the beaten path.  

Take advantage of the standard rugged front and rear fascias, they do a great job of resisting rock chips compared to painted bumpers, and the satin finish accent pieces give it a smooth, sleek look.  

You’ll love the standard 17” wheels, automatic headlamps and fog lights with cornering function.  The standard 3.5” Color TFT cluster display and leather-trimmed seats are a nice improvement over the Easy without making the price stratospheric, and the interior is designed to match the rugged front and rear fascias to remind you you’re driving something a bit different.  Of course the Trekking is also available with FIAT’s all-new AWD system to make your adventures safe and fun wherever you go.  

This AWD system is incredibly intelligent and uses a control module to effectively engage and disengage the rear axle, which enables you to enjoy the safety and security of AWD when you need it and the efficiency of FWD when you don’t

FIAT 500X Trekking Plus
Our FIAT 500X Trekking Plus is the flagship of the 500X lineup, the last word in comfort, style, utility, and especially safety.  

FIAT 500X Trekking Plus

The Trekking Plus comes nearly loaded to begin with, sporting 18” Machined Aluminum wheels, Trekking Series exterior styling appointments, UConnect 6.5 with navigation and HD Radio, ParkSense backup camera with Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Path detection, sumptuous heated leather front seats (available in Tobacco or Red leather), power driver’s seat and heated steering wheel just to name a few of the standard features.  Through the Trekking Plus Collections, you can add the dual pane sunroof and a host of active safety features such as LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, rain-sensing windshield wipers with wiper de-icer, and of course the optional AWD system.  This AWD system is incredibly intelligent and uses a control module to effectively engage and disengage the rear axle, which enables you to enjoy the safety and security of AWD when you need it and the efficiency of FWD when you don’t. 

Now that you know everything about the FIAT 500X, it's time to come in and take one for a spin. Give us a call or quick email and we'll set you up with a personal FIAT Specialist to assist with everything.  

Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT is a family owned and operated dealership located in Columbus, OH. We've been the Number 1 FIAT Franchise in the Ohio region in terms of Customer Satisfaction and Sales since our Grand Opening back in April 2011.

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Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT
5665 Scarborough Blvd
Columbus, Ohio 43232