What if we bring Italian design to Japanese technologies? We already know what would be a result – Fiat 124 Spider of 2017 model year, which share platform with recently debuted Mazda Miata. The choice of a name is not accidental – it is a tribute to the legendary 124 models from the past. However, it’s not a simple rebadge engineering – the car has unique design, and what is more important – more powerful turbocharged engine!
Besides the new car is equipped with the latest electronic systems of driver assistance and safety, it is as well packed with modern information and entertainment services, with the conclusion of the information on the 7-inch touch screen.
Fiat 124 Spider has a slim silhouette and timeless, classically beautiful style, with perfect proportion hood/interior – like race cars of the past. The key elements are also: the optimal configuration of the suspension, sharpened steering with electric power, lightweight chassis, balanced weight distribution, powerful turbocharged engine.
The first batch of new cars will go on public sale in North America in the summer of 2016 in a limited number of 124 pieces. The proposed roadster will have color “Azzurro Italia”, and each car will receive an individual serial number. In Europe, the model will not be released until the second half of 2016.
UPDATE Release date: already available
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Production of the new Fiat 124 Spider 2017 model year will be held at the same place – the Japanese Mazda plant in Hiroshima where MX-5 is built, so the base price of both models is unlikely to be much different. According to preliminary estimates 2017 Fiat 124 Spider will cost about 25 thousand dollars.
The car was created in close cooperation with the Japanese automaker Mazda. In particular, Fiat has borrowed platform underlying the Mazda MX-5 model. However, the similarity in appearance between the related cars is preserved, perhaps only in the proportions of the elements.
The rest of the cars are very different, as the development of the body of the new Fiat 124 Spider 2017 was carried out from scratch. The roadster has received a stylish oval recessed lights, stylized in the same way as Fiat Spider models of the past. Structurally it is built of LED units forming a bright ring. Bumper of the car is not too large, with a pair of fog lights on the edges. Also noteworthy a dual air intake, consisting of upper and lower grilles. The hood of Spider is slightly sloping, has a sufficiently powerful relief and athletically formed forges.
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In the profile new Fiat Spider has shifted aft seating area with a soft folding roof. In general, when viewed from the side there is an obvious similarity of the Mazda’s roadster.
Rear part of Spider is completely original. Great looking rearlights reminiscent of luxury models. It fit perfectly into a single image of the car, becoming the main element of the rear part. Do not leave without attention compact streamlined bumper divorced at the edges by tailpipes and extra lighting equipment through the middle.
Dimensions of 2017 Fiat 124 Spiderare following: length – 159.6 in, width – 68.1 in, height – 48.6 in. The size of the wheelbase 90.9 in, 5.3 inches ground clearance. Needless to say, the Italian designers have worked on glory. The result of their work was the bright, modern car.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider video
Too Much Mazda Inside
In contrast to the exterior design, in the interior of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider there are not so much unique details. A roadster has almost the same interior as its “donor” from Mazda. The only exceptions are a few exclusive pieces – steering wheel with a label of the Italian manufacturer in the middle, differently designed instrument panel visor, modified door cards and multimedia system with a large 7-inch display “Fiat Connect 7.0”. In the basic version the car buyers will get the Bose sound system with 9 speakers placed throughout the cabin, heated seats and steering wheel, climate control, keyless access, adaptive intelligent control front headlamps, cruise control and a host of auxiliary electronic safety systems.
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124 Spider platform made of strong steel material with the addition of aluminum parts. This solution helped to keep the weight of the vehicle within just 2492 lbs. The model has a fully independent suspension. In front it has a double wishbone structure, in rear it is multi-link. Elements of the chassis have been subjected to additional adjustments made by Italian engineers, which allowed to significantly increase the accuracy of the car control while cornering. Contrary to expectations, under the hood of 2017 Fiat 124 Spider will be located not a Japanese motor but the Italian one. It will be the 4-cylinder gasoline unit named “1.4 MultiAir Turbo”, which allows to develop 160 hp with 183 ft lb of torque. However, such characteristics will receive a version for the US market, the European version of the same powerplant will be downforced to 140 hp and 177 ft lb.
The main type of transmission for the Fiat 124 Spider 2017 providing a 6-speed manual, which will be an alternative to automatic with the same number of gears. More likely, the automatic will be offered only in the US. The best result of the acceleration of the car to sixty is less than 6 seconds.