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Is this Fiat 500X on steroids a sneak peek at Abarth’s first crossover?

Fiat is showing a muscular-looking 500X at this year’s SEMA show. Dubbed 500X Chicane, the concept is completely decked-out with accessories sourced from the Mopar catalog.

Finished in an eye-catching hue called “competition blue” in Fiat-speak, the 500X Chicane gains a more aggressive-looking front bumper with mesh inserts, blacked-out lights on both ends, side skirts, and a new rear bumper with an air diffuser as well as a pair of round exhaust outlets. A sprinkling of gloss black trim and 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped by low-profile Continental tires add a finishing touch to the track-ready look.

Fiat has Moparized the cabin with a bright pedal kit, thicker floor mats, black Katzkin leather upholstery, and dark blue accents that match the body on the seats, the dashboard, and the steering wheel.

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The modifications are mostly skin-deep. As to power production, the 500X Chicane uses a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out a healthy 180 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 174 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm in its basic state of tune. Bolted to a nine-speed automatic transmission, the concept’s four-banger delivers a little bit more power than its regular-production counterpart because it breathes through a new cat-back exhaust, but full technical specifications haven’t been published yet.

What’s next?

While most of the wild concepts displayed at the annual SEMA show are one-offs built to catch the attention of frenzied show-goers, the 500X Chicane might have a brighter future ahead of it.

It was undeniably designed to showcase Mopar’s catalog of add-ons, but it could also serve as a preview for the long-rumored 500X Abarth that’s tentatively scheduled to make its official debut next year at the Geneva Motor Show. A recent report coming out of England suggests the hot-rodded crossover will pack a de-tuned version of the Alfa Romeo 4C‘s 1.7-liter turbo four that will deliver at least 200 horsepower.

Set to land as a 2017 model, the Fiat 500X Abarth will fight head-to-head against the Mini Countryman John Cooper Works and the Nissan Juke Nismo.