With the recent announcement of the Fiat 500e at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show,
many some wondered where the Fiat 500X would go from here. Now, it looks like Fiat parent, Stellantis, is content to let the subcompact crossover run its course, with no replacement currently in the works for the North American market.
There will be no successor to the 500X in the U.S. as the Fiat brand makes plans to go all-electric by 2030, according to Road & Track. This decision is based on sales performance, as U.S. customers preferred the smaller 500 over larger 500L and 500X offerings.
“We have a clear plan to not do anything besides the 500. It’s the one model people like,” Fiat brand CEO, Olivier Francois, was quoted as saying.
An important element to note is that the lack of a U.S. successor to the 500X in the U.S. doesn’t necessarily mean that this will be the case for other markets, particularly Europe. And if there is a 500X successor in international markets, the United States and Canada won’t get it.
Sales numbers of the Fat 500X have been truly abysmal. Accounting for less than one percent of the subcompact crossover segment, the 500X moved 757 units from January 2022 to September 2022, placing it last among its rivals.
Sales Numbers - Mainstream Subcompact Crossovers - Jan-Sep 2022 - USA
|MODEL||YTD 22 / YTD 21||YTD 22||YTD 21||YTD 22 SHARE||YTD 21 SHARE|
|TOYOTA COROLLA CROSS||*||37,521||0||6%||0%|
|BUICK ENCORE GX||-60.29%||24,296||61,179||4%||7%|
|MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT||-57.12%||12,317||28,722||2%||3%|
The Fiat 500X arrived in the U.S. as a 2016 model. At the time, Fiat fielded a larger line of models, including the 500 hatchback, 500L five-door hatch and 124 Spider. Now, the 500X currently stands as the only Fiat model sold in the US.
As for the all-new Fiat 500e mentioned above, the EV will serve as Fiat’s flagship and only model in the U.S. market. The small EV is expected to arrive in North America in 2024 as a 2024 or 2025 model.