First pictures: Fiat 124 Spider
18 November 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Fiat has revealed its Mazda MX-5-based roadster, the 124 Spider, ahead of the LA motor show.
Due to arrive by the middle of next year, the 124 is powered by the firm's 140hp 1.4-litre petrol engine. Although efficiency figures have not been revealed yet, but this engine features in the 500X where it emits 136g/km of CO2 and returns 47.1mpg. In the lighter 124 it should offer greater economy and performance.
Prices are yet to be revealed but it is likely the Fiat will sit between the 131hp 1.5-litre and 160hp 2.0-litre MX-5s, which are priced from £18,310 for the smaller engine and £20,095 for the 2.0-litre.
The 124 Spider's name, dimensions and styling cues are a homage to the 1966 original model.
Meanwhile, the new 124's cabin styling has been derived from the MX-5's, with a similar look. Fiat claims the interior is trimmed in "premium upholstery", while the roof is manually operated.
The 124 offers Fiat's media system with USB and aux input, as well as six speakers and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. Higher-spec models will feature a seven-inch display - the same size of screen as the one in the MX-5 - as well as DAB radio and a sat-nav unit.