Fiat's 124 Spider revival has been caught on camera in all its glory without any sort of disguise.
This pre-production prototype was spotted participating in an official photo shoot near Santa Barbara in California and it's easy to see the cute little roadster is based on the latest generation Mazda MX-5. Compared to the Miata, FCA's version comes with tweaked front and rear fascia that look more square as a throwback to the original 1966 Fiat 124 Spider designed by Pininfarina.
The cabin clearly shows the car's roots even more and this is actually a good thing as the new Miata has been praised for its top notch interior quality and it should be the same story with the Fiat-badged model.
While this car has an automatic gearbox, Fiat will offer the new 124 Spider with a six-speed manual transmission as well. Chances are the base model will use a 1.4-liter turbo engine with around 180 bhp (134 kW) while the hotter Abarth version - set to come out next year - is set to employ a beefier 1.75-liter unit and a DCT borrowed from the Alfa Romeo 4C.
The standard Fiat 124 Spider will be officially revealed before the year's end, with the Los Angeles Auto Show in November being the most probable venue for a proper introduction.