A Fiat 124 Spider test mule has been spied testing in the Detroit region, courtesy of Allparnews.com. The roadster is essentially a Fiat iteration of the fourth generation Mazda MX-5. It won’t be just a rebadged vehicle though; the Italian automaker will do modifications to give exclusiveness to its roadster.
The spy shots hint at a differently executed rear-end, with oval-shaped tail lamps, an upward rising tailgate with integrated stop-lamp and a dual exhaust system. Overall structure will be same as the original Mazda, but there will be a blend of retro and modern styling on the Fiat version unlike the MX-5. It would borrow cues from the original 1966 Fiat 124 Sport Spider which the company plans to revive with the help of Mazda.
It was reported previously that the company’s modern-day roadster will weigh less than 1,000 kg. The 2016 Fiat 124 Spider is likely to be offered with a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine in varying power outputs initially. Production will take place alongside the Mazda MX-5 at Mazda’s plant in Hiroshima, Japan.
Olivier Francois, Head of Fiat brand and Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC), indicated earlier this month that its official debut is likely to happen at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show that opens annually in the first week of March.
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