The Fiat 124 Spider will be revived next year based on the fourth generation Mazda MX-5, and its range will include a high performance Abarth variant. The new roadster will be launched in Australia next year, but its standard variant may be ruled out for that market.
Speaking to CarAdvice, Zac Loo, Corporate Communications Director at Fiat Chrysler Australia, suggested that a possibility is that only the Abarth 124 Spider would be launched.
“At this stage we’re not decided if it will be one or the other or both, but we’re leaning towards Abarth only,” Mr. Loo said. “We’ll look at it and see where we can provide the best sports car. That’s most likely going to be an Abarth, but nothing’s set in stone.”
The Fiat 124 Spider will obviously be in the same segment as the Mazda MX-5 which forms its basis, but won’t be a direct rival.
“MX-5 has a really strong core that it’s building on, and we wouldn’t look to go after the same space,” Mr. Loo continued.
The Fiat 124 Spider is likely to differ significantly in terms of design and styling. It would be more about being a graceful open-top roadster than a sporty one like the Mazda MX-5. It will borrow cues from the original 124 Spider that was introduced in 1966. According to the report, Mr. Loo has seen the new 124 Spider and to express its distinctiveness from its Mazda origin. He says that it looks like “its own car” to a great extent.
“There’s definitely heritage used”, he added, to confirm that it will be inspired from the original 124 Spider.