British media is reporting Mazda MX-5's sister car could take the shape of a Fiat 124 Spider revival.

British media is reporting Mazda MX-5's sister car could take the shape of a Fiat 124 Spider revival.

Last Christmas we found out about Fiat's plans to trademark the 124 and 124 Spider nameplates and now a report issued by Auto Express says the monikers will be used for Fiat's version of the Mazda Miata. Initially, the model was supposed to get the Alfa Romeo badge but apparently a FCA insider said all Alfas have to be "100 percent Italian" so instead they will use the Fiat logo.

The chassis and wheelbase will be shared with the new Miata but the body will be more retro and should take inspiration from the original Fiat 124s of the 60s. The model is expected to tip the scales at less than 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs) and will be powered by a range of "small affordable engines", with the report indicating the 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo set to be offered in various states of tune.

There are also talks about a higher specification Abarth variant equipped with the same engine but tuned to deliver 200 bhp (149 kW). Aside from packing more power, this version will also have a more aggressive design, beefier brakes and a stiffer suspension.

We remind you Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne announced earlier this month the car has been delayed a few months so it will likely go on sale sometime in 2016 while the Abarth derivative should hit dealerships in 2017 or so.

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