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Expect to see them in showrooms starting next year. Late 2015 we should be seeing the production model in full or at the very least teased.

For those who want their 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to have a more Italian flair, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider will hit showrooms in 2016.


Prior to being unloaded from many a container, the 124 Spider will make its global debut at either Frankfurt or Los Angeles later this year, reports Edmunds.

According to Fiat Brand for North America boss Jason Stoicevich, the roadster would not be a rebadge of the Miata, proclaiming Fiat would put its own style on the model once offered to Alfa Romeo. Parent company FCA later decreed that all Alfas would be designed and engineered in the brand’s native Italy, shuffling the 124 Spider off to Fiat in so doing.

Power is expected to come from Fiat’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder, while pricing and passenger configuration — 2+2 or two-passenger — are among the mysteries left unsolved for now. Both the Spider and the Miata will be assembled at Mazda’s facility in Hiroshima, Japan.

Once stateside, it will be the crown jewel for Fiat’s U.S. lineup — currently consisting of the 500, 500e, 500L and 500X — while competing against the MINI Cooper Roadster, Porsche Boxster, and the aforementioned Miata.
 

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I'll bet we see at LEAST a 124 concept at the fall shows...Frankfurt or LA...HMMMM


The fact that we have not seen any sort of new Fiat 124 concept yet is making me doubt the new 124 will be on sale by the end of this year. Usually the automakers like to show the concept and use the delay to production in order to hype up the new car.


This should be especially true for Fiat's North American arm, with dealers starved of new product. My local Fiat dealer can't hang on just selling 500s. Abarth sales have slowed to a trickle. They need new product, and they need it now. I'm sure they would love to be hyping some new concept Fiat in their marketing efforts. Where is the 124?
 

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They don't need a concept though because it's based on the Mazda, I think we'll just get to see the real deal later this year.
 
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