Fiat Chrysler Automobiles isn’t saying much yet about the upcoming Fiat 124 Spider sports car but the first spy photos answer some questions about the Mazda MX-5/Miata-based small sports car.
FCA officials have promised that the 124 Spider -- a nameplate that dates back to 1966 -- won’t simply be a rebadged MX-5.
The spy photos show what appear to be larger, more expressive headlights and taillights than those used on the MX-5, which is launching this summer. But not much else is visible under the heavily disguised test cars.
The Fiat 124 is expected to use Fiat powertrains, mostly likely a 1.4-liter engine and six-speed manual transmission. Such a small-displacement powertrain could give the Fiat 124 decent performance because the car has a base curb weight of just over 2,300 pounds (1,043kg).
The MX-5 is powered by a Mazda 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 155 hp. Fiat offers a performance-tuned version of the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine in the Fiat 500 Abarth. The turbo engine is rated at 160 hp.
Mazda is just now launching the fourth generation of the MX-5. The Fiat version is expected to debut later this year possibly at the Frankfurt or Los Angeles auto shows this fall.