2016 Fiat 124 Spider revealed, spotted during photo shoot

Brett Davis

The all-new and highly anticipated 2016 Fiat 124 Spider has been spotted, seemingly during an official photo shoot in the USA.

2016 Fiat 124 Spider-side

These images, first appearing on US enthusiast website Jalopnik.com, give us a glimpse of the new 124’s design. The images are rather pixelated but we do get a pretty decent view of the bodywork.

As we already know, the Fiat 124 Spider is based on the Mazda MX-5 under a joint project the two companies agreed to before its development. For the Fiat there’s a unique front end with a protruding upper lip, embedded headlights, and a classic long bonnet profile.

The side shows the pushed-back cabin layout in traditional sports car fashion, supported by a silver windscreen pillar, with similarly bulging wheel arches as seen on the MX-5 counterpart. Around at the back is a completely restyled fascia, relocated and newly-designed taillights, and a clean bumper bar design.

Now that we have a hint of the exterior design, it’s just a matter of time before we find out more about the powertrain options. Reports say Fiat will use one of its 1.4-litre turbocharged units producing around 132kW, and potentially a 1.75-litre turbo flagship offering up to 175kW.

Seen as though a photo shoot is going on, a full debut is expected any time now. The mostly likely place could be the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Stay tuned.

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