Fiat to name its Mazda MX-5 based roadster the 124 Spider image

The Fiat version of the Mazda MX-5 will be called the 124 Spider and this is expected to make its public debut sometimes next year.

It is well known that Fiat will be offering its very own version of the Mazda MX-5 but until now, we had no clue on how this will be named. According to the guys from Auto Express, who have recently spoken to the Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, the model in question will be called the 124 Spider but it is still a mystery whether this will be wearing the Fiat badges over its body or whether it will be sold as an Abarth. Our source is hinting the development of two versions, both of them based on the same platform as the Japanese roadster.

Besides speaking on the Fiat roadster, Marchionne also confirmed the fact that an Alfa Romeo roadster is in the pipeline too, but this will have nothing in common with the MX-5 because “All Alfa Romeos need to be 100 percent Italian”. The new generation of the Mazda MX-5 is currently being offered with a 50:50 weight distribution, with a rear multi-link setup, with electric power assisted rack, a front double wishbone, the front ventilated brake discs and solid rear ones and, of course, the KODO design language, which is making it an appealing ride. Under its hood we can spot the 1.5 liter SKYACTIV-G unit, rated at 129 HP (96 kW), along with the 2.0 liter SKYACTIV-G.