Here’s a rendering from Slovenian publication Avto Magazin that previews how the Mazda MX-5-based Fiat 124 Spider would possibly look like. While the structure appears to be completely same, the design on the front-end has taken-up Fiat’s character very well.
Changes up front are the Fiat 500-inspired headlamps, chrome-plated mustache, lower grille and V-shaped hood, vertical air vents and addition of round fog lamps and a chrome front lip spoiler.
The rear-end of the 124 Spider should also be equally distinctive. Recently spied test mules have hinted at oval-shaped tail lamps, an upward rising tailgate with integrated stop lamps and a dual exhaust system. The interior should exude more elegance than sportiness, unlike the Mazda MX-5. Expect the Mazda Connect infotainment system to be replaced by FCA’s UConnect infotainment system.
As reported previously, the Fiat 124 Spider will weigh less than 1,000 kg. The JDM-spec Mazda MX-5 weighs as low as 990 kg and as high as 1,060 kg depending on the grade and specifications. The company’s 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine is said to be one of the few engine options to be offered.
The Fiat 124 Spider, as indicated by Olivier Francois, Head of Fiat brand and Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC), has good chances of being unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. The new roadster will be built exclusively at Mazda’s plant in Hiroshima, Japan, alongside the Japanese automaker’s MX-5.