MILAN —  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will launch three new SUV models for its Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands this year, as the automaker expands its presence in the growing segment.

Alfa Romeo will add the Tonale compact SUV positioned below its midsize Stelvio in its lineup; Maserati will draw on the Stelvio’s underpinnings for the midsize Grecale, giving the brand a lower-priced alternative to the Levante; and Fiat will build a convertible version of the small 500X, the brand’s only SUV.

The 500X Cabrio was announced to suppliers late last month by FCA’s Europe chief Pietro Gorlier, according to Italian news reports, and a company spokesman on Thursday confirmed the new model to Automotive News Europe 

The convertible version of the Fiat 500X will compete with Europe’s only other convertible in the segment, the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet, launched last year. Other recent efforts to build a convertible based on SUV or crossover models included the Range Rover Evoque and the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.


The Fiat 500X Cabrio is expected to carry just few modifications from the base four-door model to minimize costs. According to supplier sources, the body sides and doors will not change, with the roof and rear window replaced by a foldable soft top with a glass rear window, but with door frames remaining intact, similar to the convertible version of the 500 minicar.

The standard 500X in Italy starts at 21,000 euros. 
 
In Germany, the VW T-Roc Cabriolet starts at 27,545 euros (almost 3,000 euros more than a standard T-Roc with the same equipment level) and is equipped with a fully folding canvas roof. 
 
The 500X Cabrio will be assembled in FCA’s factory in Melfi, southern Italy, alongside the five-door version. The plant also builds the Jeep Renegade and Compass. According to the FIM union, 52,287 500Xs
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