Los Angeles Auto Show: FIAT 124


Mazda MX-5 twin FIAT 124 breaks cover

FIAT’s 124 has returned after a 50 year hiatus, with the Italian brand revealing the new FIAT 124 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Co-developed with Mazda’s MX-5, and built by Mazda in Japan, the FIAT sports a unique body but shares the interior with its Japanese cousin.

FIAT 124 front

North American FIAT 124 models will be powered by FIAT’s turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-litre engine that develops 119kW and 250Nm and is mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

FIAT 124 rear

Handling is underpinned by double-wishbone suspension at the front and multi-link at the rear, to help ensure that this is a convertible that isn’t just for posing.

Inside, there are shifting paddles on the steering wheel, a seven inch touchscreen FIAT Connect infotainment system, a reversing camera, keyless start and a BOSE stereo.

FIAT 124 interior

At this point the FIAT 124 hasn’t officially been confirmed for Australia, but FIAT Chrysler Australia President and CEO, Pat Dougherty has said “It’s a hugely exciting time for the Fiat brand both in Australia and globally, with some incredible vehicles joining the line-up.”

“As we prepare to launch the Fiat 500X in Australia, our Italian colleagues have revealed the next evolution of one of motoring’s most storied nameplates, the Fiat 124 Spider. When Italian design is applied to a two-seat sports car, the result was always going to be special, and the new Fiat 124 Spider doesn’t disappoint.

“And the most exciting part is that this is only the beginning of the Fiat 124 Spider story” Dougherty added.

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