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2019 Fiat 500X 1.3L First Drive: New Engine, Last Chance?

Think of Fiat as a boxer. A boxer who, just as the bell is about to sound to end the second-to-last round, gets knocked on his back. What odds would you give it as the last round gets underway?

Or, you might say the doomsday clock is ticking on Fiat, and it’s currently five to midnight.

Last year, in all of Canada, the FCA division sold a little over 600 vehicles. Leading the way was the 124 Spider – a Mazda product, essentially. To say that things are rocky at Fiat right now is an understatement. Time to push the panic button, or at least consider some radical solutions.

For the 500X, its short-term prospects ride on a new powertrain, and it was this configuration that we recently headed to New York to test-drive. This actually constitutes not a last chance for the model, but a second-to-last chance before the real question of Fiat’s survival will have to be addressed. Read on to see why.

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