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DO NOT ad­just your eyes. This is what Fiat’s version of the world’s most pop­u­lar two-seater sports car looks like.

The Fiat 124 has been un­veiled in the US on eve 2015 Los An­ge­les Mo­tor Show.

Ital­ian com­pany done a deal with Ja­pan’s Mazda to take version of MX-5.

Fiat has fit­ted a unique body — com­plete bold nose and rec­tan­gu­lar tail-lights but the in­te­rior is iden­ti­cal to MX-5 ex­cept for the badge on steer­ing wheel.

The big news un­der bon­net. While Mazda has a choice of 1.5 or 2.0-litre power in Aus­tralia, the Fiat 124 uses tur­bocharged 1.4-litre four-cylin­der (119kW/250Nm) which has a frac­tion more than MX-5 and much torque.

Both mod­els are made on the same pro­duc­tion line by Mazda in Ja­pan — the Fiat deal was done be­cause it was cheaper for Ital­ian maker to do a joint ven­ture ve­hi­cle than de­sign its own.

The 124 is not yet con­firmed for Aus­tralia, how­ever.

lo­cal dis­trib­u­tors have ex­pressed a pref­er­ence tak­ing only the high per­for­mance Abarth version, which is yet to be un­veiled.

There are no de­tails on what will power but there is spec­u­la­tion it may get the 1.7-litre turbo four-cylin­der used in Alfa Romeo 4C, be­cause Fiat try­ing to cre­ate fur­ther dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion be­tween the Abarth and mod­els fu­ture.

Ei­ther way, a 124 of some de­scrip­tion should be Aus­tralian show­rooms by this time next year.

Price is still any­one’s guess, but it will dif­fi­cult to jus­tify price much dearer than the MX-5 that starts from $32,000.

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