LOS ANGELES, November 18, 2015 — Nearly a half a century since the original iconic Italian Spider roadster was introduced, Fiat USA revealed its “modern adaptation” in the chic new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. Fiat’s global “head,” Frenchman Olivier François, delighted a packed LA Auto Show media crowd as he launched the reimagined nameplate with another rather controversial and hilarious “blue pill” commercial.
Whispers of how the new 124 Spider looks much like the Mazda Miata raced through the room as hundreds of flashes popped. But does it really remind one of the Miata?
The exterior certainly is Miata-esque although from up close, the 124 Spider looks better than its pictures and looks much less like a Mazda too. The pointy nose and cat eye headlamps are reminiscent of the original Spider, but the lower black matte grille and double bumpers give it an updated stance. From behind, the Spider’s booty is curvalicious. The minimalist interior is delightfully sporty, especially the saddle-stitched leather seats, door trims and dash. A rather large touchscreen pops right out of the dashboard giving the Spider technology appeal.
Fiat claims its Spider will deliver “the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design.”
As François explained in a cheeky and colorful production only Fiat could imagine: “The 124 Spider expands the FIAT family, bringing to market yet another head-turning, fun-to-drive vehicle for our customers.”
So, what do you get with 124 Spider? In North American markets, the Spider comes equipped with the same engine as Fiat’s 500X crossover. That is, the Spider has a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Fiat says the engine delivers 160 hp and 184 lb.-ft of torque and will be available in both six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
Fiat also claims its “double-wishbone” suspension is tuned for sports car-like stability. This brings better braking and turning along with “light” and “responsive” steering, so says Fiat. Noise vibration was also enhanced in this cute convertible.
The easy-to-operate soft top was one of the best features in the original Spider, so Fiat says its engineers made certain to create a retractable roof that “requires minimal force.”
One of the best things about this modern Spider is how it is chock full of advanced safety and technology features. In fact, this all-new roadster has available including adaptive front headlamps, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection and rear back up camera.
Other extras include Fiat’s Connect 7.0 infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display, heated seats, keyless entry, hands-free multimedia control, Bluetooth connectivity and a nine-speaker Bose sound system (with dual headrest speakers).
Ready to speed away in a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider? You’ll have to wait until summer 2016 before this rambunctious roadster shows up inside Fiat “studios” (dealerships) in North America.
More about the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider:
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is available in two trim levels: Classica and Lusso. Each model is available in six exterior paint colors, including Rosso Passione (Red Clear Coat), Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat), Nero Cinema (Jet Black Metallic), Grigio Argento (Gray Metallic), Grigio Moda (Dark Gray Metallic) and Bronzo Magnetico (Bronze Metallic). The Lusso (“Luxury”) model is also available in tri-coat Bianco Perla (Crystal White Pearl).
To celebrate the return of the classic nameplate, the first 124 vehicles will be offered as a limited-edition Prima Edizione Lusso, as shown at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Each will be individually numbered with a commemorative badge and available in exclusive Azzurro Italia (Blue) exterior paint with premium leather seats in Saddle. Owners who purchase a Prima Edizione will also receive limited-edition items, including wearables and a poster. For more information about ordering a Fiat 124 Spider Prima Edizione, interested customers can sign up for updates at www.fiatusa.com.