Chrysler 200, 300; Fiat 500X Get Tweaked for SEMA
Sedans and crossovers get a new look at the tuner show.
Engineers from Chrysler and Fiat rolled up their sleeves and built a handful of concept vehicles for this week's SEMA show, working their magic on both sedans and crossovers.
Chrysler 300 Super S
This modified Chrysler 300 immediately jumps out at SEMA attendees thanks to its matte-blue paint,22-inch wheels, and matte-black front grille. There's some performance to back up the looks, too, with a Mopar lowering suspension kit slamming the car to the ground, Mopar upgraded parts to boost the 5.7-liter V-8 engine's power, a Mopar big brake kit slowing things down, and front and rear strut braces to keep handling in check. Other visual tweaks include a new rear diffuser, a new trunklid spoiler, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and Katzkin light-gray leather upholstery.
Chrysler 200 S Mopar
Chrysler says it gave the 200 S an "attitude adjustment," fitting it with more aggressive body parts as well as some performance mods. Outside, look for a new Mopar body kit that comprises a front splitter, new side skirts, and a rear diffuser, along with a Mopar vented hood. New 19-inch satin-black wheels, Katzkin leather upholstery, Mopar sports pedals, and blue dashboard accent trim round out the visual changes. Underneath the sheet metal, the Chrysler 200 also scores a Mopar lowering suspension, a new exhaust and intake, and a Mopar big brake kit.
Fiat 500X Chicane
When it came to the Fiat 500X crossover, engineers wanted to show the model's performance capabilities. Pitched as a "street tuner" crossover, the 500X Chicane rides on a slammed suspension and 20-inch wheels, with a new exhaust helping eke every extra pony out of the car's 2.4-liter inline-four engine. Visual parts all come from the Mopar accessories catalog, including a new front fascia, body cladding, sport pedals, and a Chicane bodyside stripe. The black-painted roof contrasts with the Competition Blue body, while the car's interior features Katzkin leather upholstery with blue trim, as well as blacked-out chrome on the instrument cluster.
Fiat 500X Mobe
That's not a misspelling of Moab -- this concept car's name comes from the kite-surfing trick "mobe." As that name implies, this all-wheel-drive 500X is all about the great outdoors. There's a Mopar roof rack to carry your surf board or other active lifestyle gear, a first-aid kit, all-weather floor mats, and special coat hangers on the back of the seats for carrying extra gear. Other tweaks include kite surfer decals in interior, 18-inch two-tone wheels, and a new exhaust for the 2.4-liter inline-four engine.