Fiat's version of the Mazda MX-5 unveiled

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TAGS FIAT 124 FIAT Convertible Sports cars Fiat's version of the Mazda MX-5 unveiled 18 November 2015 by Joshua Dowling · CarsGuide Fiat 124 Fiat 124 Fiat 124 Fiat 124 Fiat 124 Fiat 124 Fiat 124 Fiat 124 The Fiat 124 has an Italian heart but is made in a Japanese factory. What will enthusiasts make of it?Do not adjust your eyes. This is what Fiat’s version of the world’s most popular two-seater sports-car looks like.The Fiat 124 has been unveiled in the US on the eve of the 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show.The Italian company has done a deal with Japan’s Mazda to take a version of the MX-5.Fiat has fitted a unique body -- complete with a bold nose and rectangular tail-lights -- but the interior is identical to the MX-5 except for the badge on the steering wheel.The Fiat 124 is not yet confirmed for Australia, howeverThe big news is under the bonnet. While the Mazda MX-5 has a choice of 1.5 or 2.0-litre power in Australia, the Fiat 124 uses a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder (119kW/250Nm) which has a fraction more power than the MX-5 and much more torque.Both models are made on the same production line by Mazda in Japan; the Fiat deal was done because it was cheaper for the Italian maker to do a joint venture vehicle than design its own.The Fiat 124 is not yet confirmed for Australia, however.The local distributors have expressed a preference for taking only the high performance Abarth version, which is yet to be unveiled.There are no details on what will power the Abarth but there is speculation it may get the 1.7-litre turbo four-cylinder used in the Alfa Romeo 4C, because Fiat is trying to create further differentiation between the Abarth and Fiat models in future.  Either way, a Fiat 124 of some description should be in Australian showrooms by this time next year. Price is still anyone’s guess, but it will be difficult to justify a price much dearer than the MX-5 that starts from $32,000. Related articles Fiat 500X to target Mini Countryman9 October 2015 by Paul Gover Fiat 500 used review | 2008-20141 September 2015 by Ewan Kennedy Jeep braces for more legal action28 August 2015 by Joshua Dowling Car industry scandal hits soccer kids | exclusive22 August 2015 by Joshua Dowling Jeep dealers sue Fiat Chrysler Australia12 August 2015 by Joshua Dowling What to read next Comments Related articles Fiat 500X to target Mini Countryman9 October 2015 by Paul Gover Fiat 500 used review | 2008-20141 September 2015 by Ewan Kennedy Jeep braces for more legal action28 August 2015 by Joshua Dowling Car industry scandal hits soccer kids | exclusive22 August 2015 by Joshua Dowling Jeep dealers sue Fiat Chrysler Australia12 August 2015 by Joshua Dowling Related pages FIAT 124 FIAT Convertible Related cars for sale Search FIAT cars for sale Search FIAT 124 cars for sale Search FIAT Convertibles for sale Get the latest news, reviews and advice every week '); }