Fiat’s reborn 124 Spider will make its world debut later this year, according to a new report out of America this week.
An early 2016 rollout to dealerships will follow, although an Australian debut is still to be confirmed.
Fiat’s new roadster started life as an Alfa Romeo, but a later decision that all Alfas should be built in Italy left a question mark over the project: the partnership’s contract specifies that production must be carried out by Mazda at its Hiroshima plant in Japan.
Now, repositioned as a Fiat, the new model revives the historic 124 Spider name - and will likely enter as a more affordable buy than if it had worn Alfa badges.
Full details are still to come, although reports suggest Fiat’s 1.4 litre four-cylinder MultiAir2 engine will drive the new 124, producing around 115kW.
In its MX-5 form, the roadster has debuted a pair of 1.5 and 2.0 litre SkyActiv petrol engines, producing 96 and 116kW respectively.
Little else is known about Fiat’s version of the new car, and it remains unclear if the Italian carmaker is planning entirely new styling or merely a unique look at the front and rear.
Some reports suggest the company is planning a ‘modern retro’ look, however, connecting the new 124 with its 60s namesake.
Watch for more details to come in the months ahead.