In fact, there are just two new models due in North America from the Fiat brand: the 500X and an as yet unnamed “specialty” car.
The 500X is a relatively known quantity, with spy shots revealing the core proportions of the coming off-road-ish subcompact crossover. Sharing its core architecture with the 500L, the 500X will offer more rugged design and slightly more svelte proportions than its city-bound brother. It's due early next year.
Fiat’s specialty car, however, remains something of a mystery. Enthusiasts would undoubtedly welcome a re-targeting of the now-in-doubt (and notably absent from today's five-year Alfa roadmap) Alfa Romeo convertible based on the Mazda MX-5 as a new Fiat model, and the choice could make good sense for Fiat as well, aligning with the brand’s small, efficient, and fun image.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata SkyActiv chassis, 2014 New York Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
A fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 in Fiat guise also makes some historical sense, at least insofar as Fiat offering a sporty, rear-drive roadster. The Fiat 124 Sport Spider, built from 1966-1982 before moving to the Pininfarina brand, followed a similar formula to today’s MX-5: light weight, moderate power, reasonable price.
With the “specialty” car due in late 2015, it also aligns well with Mazda’s plans for the ND MX-5, which is expected to arrive in the first half of 2015 as a 2016 model.