Just about discernible through its heavy disguise, Fiat’s new 124 Spider has just been seen and snapped for the first time. The model is based on the Mazda MX-5 and is expected to arrive in 2016.
A longer bonnet than the MX-5 can be seen under the heavy body cladding of the new roadster, but few fine details can be gleaned. The rear end appears to be raised and bolder in profile but despite these minor changes the finished product is likely to look similar to the MX-5. However, there are hints that the styling will be more retro than the Mazda’s.
Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne broke the news at the Geneva Motor Show that the iconic 124 Spider name would be revived and the car will wear the vintage badge. The original 124 first appeared in 1966 using the front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout that the Spider will feature.
A source has revealed that the 124 will weigh less than 1,000kg and be powered by a choice of small and affordable engines. The 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a likely candidate. It is likely that there will be two versions of the 124, badged as Fiat and Abarth. The Abarth version is expected to have stiffer suspension, more aggressive styling, and bigger brakes and will be tuned to produce slightly more power.
We can expect the 124 Spider to make its debut early in 2016 before going on sale in the summer of the same year, with specifications and prices to be released nearer the time.
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