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Fiat Announces 124 Spider Pricing

Fiat has formally announced officially announced pricing for its 124 Spider roadster lineup, which puts the brand in a posistion to boost its appeal to young buyers.

The 124 Spider will be the first new offering that will not share its DNA with the 500 model family, and Fiat aims to use its Mazda sourced roots and it’s retro flair to target more buyers. Proudly proclaiming it to be the lowest priced turbocharged convertible in America, Fiat will be bringing three diffrent models to showrooms starting with the base $25,990 Classica model. The Classica is roughly on par with the base MX-5 Miata (its twin) and will feature a standard six speed manual transmission and cloth covered sport seats. The Classica also features Fiat’s 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This is a slight gain over the Miata’s naturally aspirated 2.0 liter, and should please budget minded enthusiasts.

Opting for the Lusso package raises the MSRP to $28,490, but brings more luxury features such as heated leather seats, a 7.0 inch touchscreen with navigation, 17-inch alloy wheels, and dual-zone climate control. Its Mazda badged counterpart matches the Fiat’s appointments in Grand Touring trim, and also adds several standard safety features that appear to be optional on the 124.

Meanwhile enthusiasts will set their sights on the $29,190 Abarth 124 which takes much of its influence from the slightly pricier $29,420 MX-5 Club Edition. This is an interesting match up especially since the Abarth variant has a 10 horsepower advantage over the Club, while also retaining that model’s upgrades including Bilstein shocks, a front strut bar, limited slip differential, and Brembo brakes. Expect plenty of track time bickering between the two camps, as well as compelling head to head racetrack duels.

Lastly, there’s the $35,995 Primavera Edizione Lusso model. Serving as the initial spearhead model for the 124’s arrival to showrooms, this limited production model will arrive with model exclusive Azzuro Italia (aka dark blue paint) and several other minor extras on top of the Lusso’s impressive rapsheet of standard equipment. An automatic transmission is avalible for all three trims, but buyers will have to shell out $1,350 to make the swap. This is less than the Club or GT, but pricier than the $1,480 that Mazda charges for an automatic on the base Sport model.

Look for the first 124s to begin arriving in Fiat showrooms this summer with FCA hoping that the droptop can help revive sagging Fiat sales which fell by 15 percent last year, and slid a further 18 percent during the first half of this year.

Fiat Unveils 124 Elaborazione Abarth Roadster

With the New York Auto Show fast approaching, Fiat has taken the wraps off the newest member of the 124 family the 2017 Fiat 124 Elaborazione Roadster which aims to add some sizzle to the 124’s stylish good looks.

This special roadster follows up on the debut of the original Miata based 124 Spider which made its debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show as well as the more powerful Abarth version that made its debut in Geneva. The styling of the tongue twister worthy Elaborazione largely matches the suit of clothes that made its debut on the Abarth which should please enthusiasts looking to add some aggression to the roadsters unique lines. Unfortunately, it appears that the car will not carry over the beefier engine tune that the Euro spec Abarth gets in what could be a potential deal breaker for buyers that were hoping to get some more muscle in their purchase.

“While all Fiat 124 Spider models deliver responsive handling and excellent power to weight ratio i a robust rear wheel drive package, the Elaborazione Abarth model builds on the Spider’s engaging driving dynamics to offer even more fun for enthusiasts” the company revealed in an accompanying statement.

While the lack of muscle is disappointing, the Elaborazione does make up for it to a degree by offering a model exclusive “Sport Mode” which dials in special calibrations for the engine, electric power steering, automatic transmission, and stability control systems. These calibrations don’t appear to affect the engine’s overall horsepower rating which could partially explain why the Abarth branding was moved to the end of the name versus its typical place up front. As such, this means all Elaborazione Abarth models get their motivation from the standard car’s 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine which brings 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This is 10 ponies less than the European version of the Abarth, but the majority of buyers will most likely not notice this minor omission and should still be pleased with what they get. This includes beefier Brembo brakes, 17-inch Gun Metal Aluminum wheels, and Recaro seats.

The standard Fiat 124 Spider is expected to arrive in Fiat showrooms sometime this summer. It is unknown when the Elaborazione model will be launched but expect it to arrive after the standard model with the earliest date being sometime in fall.

Fiat Unveils Updated 2016 500 Hatchback

Fiat has taken the cover off of the 2016 Fiat 500 hatchback at a special event held in Turin Italy, the brand’s hometown, showcasing the first major update that the car has received since it first arrived over eight years ago.

While its far from an all-new effort, the updates are the first major tweaks that have been made to the 500 since its debut back in 2007 and represent the brand’s commitment to keeping the hatchback relevant against the updated MINI Cooper as well as the Ford Fiesta. The front fascia for example retains the basic cute-retro theme that defined its predecessor, but a 150703_FIAT_Nuova-500_07new front bumper and a larger air dam help the 500 look fresh while thin strips of chrome trim help add a dollop of style to the overall package. The front fascia also features new oval shaped LED daytime running lights, slightly tweaked headlights, and revamped tail lights that now incorporate body color accents. Buyers can also choose new paint colors and alloy wheel designs that allow the 500 to feature even more customization options than ever before.

The interior however has greatly benefited from the 2016 updates and represents a key part of the car’s evolution. Like the exterior, the interior keeps much of the basic design theme intact, but top of the line Lounge models can finally be equipped with Chrysler’s Uconnect Infotainment system which features a five inch touchscreen, and allows the tiny Fiat to finally have a system that is on par with MINI’s all new MINI Connected system. Other revisions include redesigned seats that are more ergonomically friendly than before, a new three spoke steering wheel, and additional sound deadening material to reduce road noise.

Performance for the 2016 500 is expected to remain unchanged, and while the company has not formally released details for U.S. bound models. European buyers will still have access to the current engine lineup which includes a 69 horse power 1.2 liter four cylinder engine, a 0.9 liter TwinAir two cylinder, or the 95 horsepower 1.3 liter Multijet II turbodiesel. This leads us to think that the existing 101 horsepower 1.4 liter Multiair four 150703_FIAT_Nuova-500_04cylinder will remain the sole engine of choice for buyers here in the U.S. due to the money saved by using a carryover engine versus an all new one, as well as its commendable fuel economy figures. a six speed manual transmission will be standard equipment, but buyers can also choose to outfit select trims with a semi-automatic gearbox.

 

Look for the 2016 Fiat 500 to make its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with the first units arriving on dealer lots shortly afterward. Formal pricing information should be unveiled by then, and expect the updates to also eventually trickle down to the 500C as well as the performance oriented Abarth model, though the Abarth will most likely makes its appearance sometime in fall.