The much awaited Fiat 124 Spider is being launched in Australia in February, 2016 (Possible 2017). The car was conceived in 2012. It is a joint venture between Fiat Chrysler group and Mazda. It was first termed as Alfa Romeo. As per the original deal, Mazda has to produce Alfa Romeo powered and styled version of its new MX-5. The car is intended to give stiff competition in the sports car arena. Both companies are committed to produce best sports car by minimizing the cost to the highest possible extent.
Best of Fiat and Mazda
Fiat 124 Spider comes with best features. The platform and interior are dominated by MX-5. The engine is dominated by Fiat. The styling of the car is inspired by original 124 spider. It has large round headlights. Broad grille sits in the centre. The car presents iconic look. There are longer new headlights with the new version. The original look is recreated through the LED halo lighting. The new version comes with 124’s grille in a very efficient manner.
There are some changes made to the profile. However, they are very less distinct. There are subtle tweaks in soft curves and folds. It can be easily identified among a group of cars. There are prominent changes in the rear side of the vehicle. There will be larger and more rectangular tail lamps. The rear deck is noticeably squarer than MX-5’s back end.
The cabin is completely similar to MX-5. There is complete resemblance with MX-5 in terms of dashboard, steering wheel and roll-over hoops. It has Mazda’s MZD infotainment system.
Under the bonnet
MX-5 is driven by 96kW/150Nm 1.5 liter engine and 118kW/200Nm 2.0-litre engine. However, 124 has its own engine. The car has 1.4-litre MultiAir engine. It is turbocharged and produces 119kW and 250Nm of torque. Hence, the engine’s capacity is enhanced by 1kW higher than MX5’s 2.0 liter option. However, 50 Newton meters are added in this process. The kerb weight of 124 is not yet revealed.
In terms of mechanical strengths, Fiat and Mazda have equal capabilities. It has double-wishbone on the front and multi-link rear suspension in both models. The electric-assisted steering is present in both cars. It has 6 speed manual and automatic transmission. These features will be offered in 124. Hence, they are mirrored in MX-5 arrangement.
The car is to be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima plan in Japan. It will come with safety features. The safety of the vehicle is enhanced through dual air bags in the front, seat-mounted side airbags, electronic brake force distribution, ABS, brake assist, traction control and electronic stability control. Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters will help you use the car very conveniently.
There might be a six speaker sound system with auxiliary input. On the entertainment and electronic design front, it will come with Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, audio streaming, cruise control, daytime running lights, remote central locking and power windows and mirrors.
You will have comfortable experience with air conditioner. It gives comfortable driving experience with the tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The security of the vehicle is enhanced through a trip computer and an immobilizer.
There is leather upholstery for the seats, steering wheel and gearshift. The inside is furnished well so that you will get a luxurious look and feel. The instrument panel is easily accessible so that you can have great control on the car and entertainment options. It is reliable and comes with great warranty. You will certainly be able to purchase your dream sports car at best prices without compromising on features.
- Comes with platform and interior dominated by MX-5
- The engine power is dominated by Fiat
- Delivers best performance.
- It has unique style and design traits
- Agile, balanced chassis makes for excellent dynamics
- Open-top appeal
- 1.4-litre turbo engine and styling is different from Mazda ND MX-5
- No shoulder support
- Limited headroom
- Steering wheel lacks reach adjustment
Fiat 124 Spider comes with best features of Fiat and Mazda. The product will be available for sales by April, 2016. The Italian twin is badged as Fiat 124 after many deliberations. Even though the car dominates MX5 features, Fiat has injected some of its features. There are twin power domes on the bonnet, grille and rear lights. It recalls the elegant design of the old 124 spider. The sports car is expected to be released in second half of 2016. It is two-seat convertible with a soft-top roof.