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Old 31-07-2015   #1
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500X - Cross - Traction Plus

Any views / ideas / hacks

Ignoring trim the 500X City Pop Star and 500X Cross are essentially the same with exception of Traction+

I've spent some time measuring the City vs Cross side by side in a dealers show room and all ground clearances are the same and there are no extra additional skid plates/defenders on the Cross 4x2.

Net mechanical/functional difference is in the Drive Mood settings.

City has Sport - Auto - All Weather
Cross has - Sport - Auto - Traction

When we go to Italy every year, up in to the mountains, some of the more off beat roads / tracks have really only presented real issues with ground clearance. We have survived with a Croma 2005 and Stilo Abarth with their standard traction control which the 500X City Pop Star has.

Whilst we would love full off road capability of a full 4x4 for the one trip a year the cost/expense is not justified. This just leaves the standard low speed traction control/anti-wheel slip or Fiats Traction+.

So is Traction+ a real deal seller?

I would hate to Choose Traction+ at more expense when it is just a braking system/ABS ECU software difference/bit flip setting hack.
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Re: 500X - Cross - Traction Plus

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Any views / ideas / hacks

Ignoring trim the 500X City Pop Star and 500X Cross are essentially the same with exception of Traction+

I've spent some time measuring the City vs Cross side by side in a dealers show room and all ground clearances are the same and there are no extra additional skid plates/defenders on the Cross 4x2.

Net mechanical/functional difference is in the Drive Mood settings.

City has Sport - Auto - All Weather
Cross has - Sport - Auto - Traction

When we go to Italy every year, up in to the mountains, some of the more off beat roads / tracks have really only presented real issues with ground clearance. We have survived with a Croma 2005 and Stilo Abarth with their standard traction control which the 500X City Pop Star has.

Whilst we would love full off road capability of a full 4x4 for the one trip a year the cost/expense is not justified. This just leaves the standard low speed traction control/anti-wheel slip or Fiats Traction+.

So is Traction+ a real deal seller?

I would hate to Choose Traction+ at more expense when it is just a braking system/ABS ECU software difference/bit flip setting hack.


Hi just wondering what the traction setting mode does to the awd car ,does it change it in to 4wd mode when you turn it to traction mode,bit confused!!
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Re: 500X - Cross - Traction Plus

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Any views / ideas / hacks

Ignoring trim the 500X City Pop Star and 500X Cross are essentially the same with exception of Traction+

I've spent some time measuring the City vs Cross side by side in a dealers show room and all ground clearances are the same and there are no extra additional skid plates/defenders on the Cross 4x2.

Net mechanical/functional difference is in the Drive Mood settings.

City has Sport - Auto - All Weather
Cross has - Sport - Auto - Traction

When we go to Italy every year, up in to the mountains, some of the more off beat roads / tracks have really only presented real issues with ground clearance. We have survived with a Croma 2005 and Stilo Abarth with their standard traction control which the 500X City Pop Star has.

Whilst we would love full off road capability of a full 4x4 for the one trip a year the cost/expense is not justified. This just leaves the standard low speed traction control/anti-wheel slip or Fiats Traction+.

So is Traction+ a real deal seller?

I would hate to Choose Traction+ at more expense when it is just a braking system/ABS ECU software difference/bit flip setting hack.


Thanks for that,can you tell me what the actual ground clearance is on the cross model,thanks.
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