The light and nimble Fiat 124 Spider 2017 comes with a quick power output and is a pure driver’s car with a comfortable ride.
The Fiat expands its lineup by adding 2017 Fiat 124 Spider which is based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata car and is a two seater. Its outer look is very different. Overall it is 5 inches longer than the previous car, though its styling is still inspired by the previous Spider. The predecessor model was designed and built by an Italian firm named as Pininfarina. The inner side of the car has almost the same look like that of Mazda Miata, featuring the infotainment system and steering wheel, but however, Fiat adds a layer of quality with nicer soft-touch materials which distinguishes it.
The most noteworthy thing is the engine of Fiat which is a major difference between the two cars. The car buyers have a choice to select 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 124 Spider does capture the also features the Miata’s frisky driving character which is a very good thing. A featherweight in base form at just 2,436 pounds. The 124 Spider delivers satisfying performance in ride and handling. Its steering is light, compact and direct. The ride is smooth. There is a notable lean in body corners. The suspension compresses and the car rotate steadily when the car passes through a turn. Its most impressive trait is its ability to shift its weight, immediately take a set, and head off in the opposite direction.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider-EXTERIOR
Outside, the car is a modern take on the 124 roadsters that was sold during 1966-85. It uses the same platform like that of Miata, with the same 90.9-inch wheelbase. The design of the 124 makes is 5 inches longer overall. All the extra length comes in the front and rear overhangs, whereas, most of it is at the back.
The car features headlamps with an eyelid signature and a honeycomb-pattern grille on its nose, that is set higher than the Miata’s one. Depressions in the hood resemble, though. A pronounced character line starts at the front wheel, flows over the door handle, and moves into the top of the rear fender line.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider-INTERIOR
The inner side of the car continues the design of Miata and enhances it with higher quality materials. The door tops are soft-touch black parts in the Fiat. The infotainment system features a rotary dial on the center console and a 7.0-inch screen. The Lusso trim adds automatic headlights, fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated seats, and 17-inch wheels on summer performance tires.
Further, the comfort and safety package for the Lusso includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto-dimming and heated side mirrors, a universal garage door opener, a blind spot monitor with rear cross path detection, and rear park assist. A Premium package adds the equipment from the Comfort and Safety package plus adaptive LED headlights with washers and auto-leveling, LED daytime running lamps, a Bose sound system, satellite radio, a navigation system, and an alarm.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider-ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
When driven hard, the suspension compresses and the car rotates through turns steadily with a lot of feedback. Under the hood, is present the most noteworthy thing on the car, the engine. The car features Fiat-Chrysler’s single-overhead cam, turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder which produces 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
The engine may be smaller than that of Mazda but is efficient. It is rated at 25 mpg in city, 36 mpg on highway and 29 mpg as combined with the automatic transmission and 26/35/30 mpg with the manual.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider-PRICE
The Fiat 124 Spider 2017 has a starting price under $26,000 for the base Classica model. Whereas the luxurious Lusso has a price of $28,000, and the sportier Abarth has $600 more the price of the Lusso.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider-RELEASE DATE
The car is expected to release during the second half of 2016.