At the 2016 Montreal International Auto Show (held from January 15 to 24), FCA Canada held the Canadian debut of the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider.
Unveiled by Christine Maheu, Regional Manager, Quebec Business Centre - FCA Canada, the two-seat roadster revives the storied "Spider," nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider nearly 50 years after its introduction, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design.
Olivier François, Head of FIAT Brand, FCA – Global, said at the vehicle's North American debut in Los Angeles late last year: “There’s no better way to celebrate 50 years of the Fiat 124 Spider than to bring back this iconic roadster, pairing its Italian styling of the past with all of the modern performance and technology of today. The 124 Spider expands the FIAT family, bringing to market yet another head-turning, fun-to-drive vehicle for our customers.”
In North America, the Fiat 124 Spider is available with the proven 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine, the engine’s first application in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. The engine delivers 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, and is available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.
For an open-air driving experience, the Fiat 124 Spider’s soft convertible top is easy to operate and requires minimal force, much like the original Spider’s top.
The all-new roadster is available with an array of safety and security features, including adaptive front headlamps, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection and ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera. A high-strength body helps to dissipate energy while optimizing occupant protection.
The Fiat 124 Spider is also available with technology features for added comfort and convenience, including the Fiat Connect 7.0 system with (7-inch) touchscreen display, multimedia control, Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats and Keyless Enter ‘n Go.
A Bose® premium sound system with nine speakers, including dual headrest speakers, is also available for superior sound quality even with the top down.
The all-new Fiat 124 Spider, designed at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, borrows cues from the original Spider – widely considered one of FIAT’s most beautiful cars of all time – and reinterprets them for today. The interior is crafted and designed to focus on the occupants, with premium soft-touch materials throughout. Ergonomics were applied to emphasize the driving experience and ensure easy operation of the steering wheel, pedals and shifter while driving.
To celebrate the return of the classic nameplate, the initial production will include 124 limited-edition Prima Edizione. Each will include a commemorative badge and available in Bronzo Magnetico (Bronze Metallic) paint with premium leather seats in Saddle.
The all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider will arrive in FIAT studios in North America in the summer of 2016.