The Fiat 124 Spider, an open top compact sportscar based on the new Mazda MX-5, is all set to make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. The car was teased in the form of an animated silhouette at the bottom of what appears to be post cards depicting Rome and Madrid.
The basic shape and dimensions are comparable to those of the MX-5 but the front and rear fascia will be revamped to align with Fiat’s design language. Previous spyshots of an undisguised test mule revealed that the sportscar features almond shaped headlamps and an instantly recognizable Fiat grille. The black interior derives quite a few bits from other modern Fiats.
Powertrain details are yet to be announced but a pumped up version of the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine is the most likely candidate. To be mated either to a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission, the motor is estimated to have a healthy power output of 180 PS. An Abarth version which is expected to be ready at a later stage is likely to derive the 1.75 litre turbo petrol with DCT from the Alfa Romeo 4C.
The Fiat 124 Spider would be positioned as a brand shaper in the international markets and is not likely to make it to India.