The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider was confirmed earlier this year at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and Edmunds reports that it’ll debut either at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show or the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The roadster will arrive in dealerships next year and will compete directly with the MX-5 and MINI Cooper Roadster. The nameplate goes back to the 1960s when the Fiat 124 Sport Spider was produced from 1966 to 1980. Back then, it was a compact 2+2 convertible.
The Italian automaker originally wanted to market the 124 Spider as an Alfa Romeo, but decided against it since the convertible is the result of a collaboration with Mazda and the company wants to retain that all Alfa Romeo models are engineered and designed in-house. According to Jason Stoicevich, head of Fiat Brand North America, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider will have its own distinct style compared to the MX-5 Miata. It will likely be powered by Fiat’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
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