A backup camera is now standard on all models.
An optional exhaust system is offered on Abarth models. Called the "Record Monza Exhaust," it retails for $995 and promises a more exhilarating sound. The Abarth also offers a new Veleno Appearance Group with red exterior mirrors, lower fascia lip and red front tow hook. On the inside it includes Abarth floor mats abd a bright foot rest.
The universal remote control on the driver's visor is now standard on Trekking and Lounge. A Chrome Appearance Group is now optional, including a lower chrome grille accent, chrome bezels on the rear reflectors, chrome body-side molding, fog lights and 17-inch wheels.
The 500X is refreshed for 2019 and premiers at the LA Auto Show. With a new 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, with a stout 177 horsepower and a tree-pulling 210 pound-feet of torque, the new engine has automatic start/stop to quit wasting fuel in traffic or stop lights. All wheel-drive is now standard, running through a nine-speed automatic. No manual transmissions or 2-wheel drive models for 2019. The new all-wheel drive system disconnects the rear axle except when extra traction i needed, making it more efficient. The nine-speed can be shifted manually to help control acceleration and to help off road.
New available headlights are LEDs and they provide a wider and longer range of vision. Automatic headlights now offered on 500X Pop; still standard on Trekking and Trekking Plus.
Adaptive cruise control is now available, with the ability to slow down to match traffic. Front Park Assist is also offered, with additional sensors that prevent bumping another car in front of you.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard; navigation is still an option. 500X Lounge becomes 500X Trekking Plus.
Keyless Enter-n-Go is now standard, a hands-free system that automatically locks and unlocks and allows the driver to start the car when the keys are in range. With the standard automatic transmission, remote start is now also standard.
Seventeen-inch wheels are now standard; sixteens are gone. A compact spare tire is now offered as an option.
The 2019 500X will not be available until Spring 2019.