The Fiat 124 Spider, FCA’s upcoming roadster, has been spied for the very first time. The test mule, posted by YouthAutos on its Twitter account, was spied near the company’s proving grounds in the State of Michigan in the USA. The spyshots appear to have different headlamps, revised front bumper, an upward rising tailgate, oval-shaped taillamps and a dual exhaust system.
The Fiat 124 Spider is said to have a blend of retro and modern styling. It would borrow cues from the 1966 Fiat 124 Sport Spider which had a 2+2 seating configuration. Since the 2016 Mazda MX-5, on which it will be based, is also offered with a small 1.5-litre petrol engine, chances are that Fiat will offer its iteration with a comparable 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo petrol engine that also powers the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
According to a previous report, the 124 will weigh less than 1,000 kg. A high performance variant bearing the familiar ‘Abarth’ badge, with more power, beefier brakes, stiffer suspension and sportier styling may follow the standard variant into the market in the future. The Fiat 124 Spider will be built at Mazda’s plant in Hiroshima, Japan, alongside the Mazda MX-5. The Fiat-badged Mazda MX-5 is expected to debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November and go on sale later next year.
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