Fiat and Mazda to collaborate on new 124 roadster

Fiat and Mazda are to collaborate on an all-new two-seater roadster named the 124, according to Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne.

The latest version of Mazda’s legendary MX-5 roadster debuted in the latter half of last year, complete with an aggressive new exterior styling which Fiat had a hand in designing.

According to industry insiders, it was rumoured that Mazda would in turn help Fiat to create their own new roadster, news which has apparently been confirmed by the Fiat Chrysler CEO at Geneva.

124 Spider convertible planned

Last year, Fiat trademarked the names 124 and 124 Spider and, according to Auto Express, Fiat’s boss Sergio Marchionne has confirmed that the upcoming car will indeed be called the 124.

Previous speculation suggested that the Fiat roadster could be anything from a new Alfa Romeo to a Fiat Abarth model, but it’s confirmed that it will instead just wear a standard Fiat badge.

A two-door roadster based on the same design as Mazda’s incredibly popular MX-5, the new 124 and likely a 124 Spider convertible version, will be unveiled sometime in the next year.

In the meantime, the latest MX-5 is due to go on sale in the UK later this year. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but it’s expected to start from around £20,000 or less.

Shorter, lower to the ground and wider than its predecessors, the new MX-5 is constructed from lightweight aluminium, shedding 100kg when compared to the outgoing model.

New MX-5 due this year

According to Mazda, this will improve its already legendary reputation for drivability, and will also benefit the MX-5’s fuel economy and efficiency figures.

Outputs are expected to range between 120bhp and 160bhp, and the manufacturer says that it’ll also feature a more upmarket interior than the previous one, with a range of safety and infotainment systems.

Mazda UK’s sales director, Peter Allibon, said: “Fun-to-drive characteristics are at the very heart of our legendary and immensely popular Mazda MX-5 sports car. That popularity is just as strong today as it was more than two decades ago.

More than 900,000 MX-5 models have been produced over the past 25 years, making the MX-5 the best-selling two-seater sports car in world history, and production is expected to pass a million this year.