Fiat Chrysler is preparing to launch a Fiat 124 Coupe as early as next year, according to the United Kingdom’s Autocar.
The hardtop version of the Fiat 124 Spider is said to be in development in order to further differentiate it from the ND Mazda Miata on which it’s based.
Mazda introduced a retractable hardtop variant of the Miata earlier this year called the RF, however Fiat will go a different route and offer a full fixed-roof version of the two-door.
Fiat signaled the eventual arrival of a 124 Coupe earlier this year when it unveiled the Fiat Abarth 124 Rally at the Geneva Motor Show. According to Autocar, however, the 124 Coupe could have a heavily restyled rear end compared to the 124 Rally.
Apart from the addition of a roof, we’re expecting the hardtop 124 to remain mechanically identical to the standard version of the car. Fiat’s 1.4-liter turbocharged engine should return, along with the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission options.