What’s New for 2017:
- Model returns to the market 50 years after original introduction
- Revival of roadster continues expansion of Fiat brand in North America
- Three trim levels are available
- 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine makes up to 164 horsepower
- Fiat 3.0-7.0 radio features corresponding inch display options
- Full menu of standard or available safety and security features
- Pricing starts at $24,995
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider represents the re-introduction of a sporty roadster that first hit the market 50 years ago. While the new 124 Spider shares its vehicle architecture with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Fiat’s new roadster features iconic Italian design, with an easy-operating soft convertible top, as well as a number of distinctly “Fiat” characteristics.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The all-new Fiat 124 Spider, designed at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, borrows cues from the original Spider and reinterprets them for today. The 2017 124 Spider has a low-slung presence, with a classic body side and a sporty cabin-to-hood ratio, Fiat says. Distinctive exterior features include a hexagonal upper grille and grille pattern, power domes on the front hood, and sharp horizontal rear lights—all ideas borrowed from the original Spider.
The interior boasts premium soft-touch materials throughout. Fiat says that the ergonomic design emphasizes the driving experience and ensures easy operation of the steering wheel, pedals, and shifter.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is available in three trim levels: Classica, Lusso, and the sporty Abarth. Seven exterior paint colors are available: Rosso Passione (Red Clear Coat), Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat), Nero Cinema (Jet Black Metallic), Grigio Argento (Gray Metallic), Grigio Moda (Dark Gray Metallic), Bronzo Magnetico (Bronze Metallic), and tri-coat Bianco Perla (Crystal White Pearl).
To celebrate the return of the nameplate, the first 124 vehicles off the assembly line will be offered as a limited-edition Prima Edizione Lusso. Each will be individually numbered with a commemorative badge and available in exclusive Azzurro Italia (Blue) exterior paint with premium leather seats in Saddle. Buyers who purchase a Prima Edizione will receive other limited-edition items, including wearables and a poster.
Available safety and security features on the all-new Fiat roadster include adaptive front headlamps, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, and a rear backup camera. A high-strength body helps to dissipate energy while optimizing occupant protection, Fiat says.
Available comfort and convenience features on the Fiat 124 Spider include the Fiat Connect 7.0 system with 7-in. touch-screen display, multimedia control, Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, and keyless entry/ignition. An optional Bose premium sound system with 9 speakers, including dual headrest speakers, should provide enough volume to drown out wind noise with the top down.
Fiat points out that the 124 Spider’s soft convertible top requires minimal force to lower, much like the original Spider’s top.
Under the Hood
In North America, the Fiat 124 Spider is available with a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo 4-cylinder engine: the engine’s first application in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. The engine delivers up to 164 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque in the Abarth trim (160 horsepower in the Classica and Lusso trims), and is available with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 124 Spider features 4-wheel independent suspension—double-wishbone in front and multi-link in the rear, specifically tuned for greater stability while braking and turning, Fiat says. The Abarth trim also features a Bilstein Performance Suspension with front strut tower brace. The car’s steering features an electric power assist (dual pinion) system.
The 2017 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider’s 164-horsepower engine features the Abarth-exclusive Sport mode, which changes the calibrations of the engine, automatic transmission, electric power steering, and dynamic stability control system in an effort to provide a sporty, responsive, and performance-oriented driving experience, according to Fiat.
A mechanical limited-slip differential, featuring a low torque-bias ratio, is designed to provide improved traction and handling, as well as improved launch performance and power delivery during cornering. The available Brembo braking system with 17-in. alloy wheels offers monoblock aluminum 4-piston calipers.
According to the EPA, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider should return 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway/30 mpg in combined driving.
Safety Features and Ratings
Standard and available safety features on the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider include advanced multi-stage air bags; auto-dimming rearview mirror; automatic headlamps; seat belt reminder; blind-spot monitoring; electronic roll mitigation; front seat-belt pre-tensioners; heated side-view mirrors; rear park assist; reversing camera; rear cross-path detection; and rain-sensing wipers.
As of this writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have published crash-test ratings for the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider offers available advanced driver-assist features that notify the driver of potential hazards, as outlined above. The roadster also comes standard with the Fiat Connect infotainment system.
Fiat Radio 3.0 (standard on Classica) includes an AM/FM radio, MP3 player, USB port, auxiliary input, and 6 speakers. Bluetooth connectivity with hands-free calling and streaming audio is also standard.
The Fiat Connect 7.0 system (standard on Lusso, available on Classica), features voice recognition and includes a 7-in. touch-screen display, AM/FM radio, HD Radio, MP3 player, 2 USB ports, auxiliary input, 6 speakers, multimedia control, Bluetooth connectivity, and reversing camera.