The Fiat is joining the pickup truck market with a big surprise. The Italian automobile manufacturer has been absent from this market since its establishment. The surprise here is its upcoming car, Fiat Fullback. The mid-size pickup truck is expected to intensify competition in this market.
Fiat Fullback – Body and Interior Design:
According to the automaker, the Fiat Fullback will be built on the same platform as Mitsubishi Triton. Some pickup truck enthusiasts think that the upcoming vehicle is just a refurbished Triton. It will measure 210 inches long, 72 inches wide and 71 inches tall. Its wheelbase will be 118 inches long.
The Fiat Fullback will have an updated front fascia. There will be a Fiat logo on the grill and also a number of lights, including the fog and daytime running ones. The cargo bed, doors, and fenders are similar to Triton’s. The pickup truck will get higher-end finishings such as chrome accents, bed mounted roll bar, and alloy wheels. Fiat Fullback comes with four cab configurations: Single, Extended, Double, and Chassis. Again, the interior design is not different from that of Triton. Some hard plastics and other less classy materials will glaze most parts of the interior. The seats will be adjustable while the steering wheel will carry the Fiat badge.
The dashboard appears to be well-designed with an easy-to-read gauge cluster, infotainment screen, and HVAC system. Premium models will get heated front seats, redundant radio controls, USB drive, automatic climate control system, electronically controlled transfer case and 12-volt power port.
On the side of safety and security, Fiat Fullback will be fitted with protection features such as keyless entry, cruise control, seatbelts, hill-descent control, parking assist, lane keep assist, anti-lock brake system and blind-spot monitoring.
Fiat Fullback – Engine, Transmission and Competition:
The Fiat pickup truck will come with three engine choices, though each is designed for a specific market. There will be a 2.5-liter I4 diesel engine rated at 178 hp and 293 lb-ft. There will also be a 2.4-liter I4 gasoline engine with a capacity of 132 hp and 247 lb-ft. The last option will be a 2.4-liter I4 turbo diesel engine rated at 180 hp and 262 lb-ft.
The first two engines will be backed by a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission system. The last option will be mated to a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission system. These transmitters will support both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. The car will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds. The top speed is estimated at 110 mph.
On the side of fuel economy, the Fullback will record around 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. And concerning pollution, we expect reduced emission rates from the mid-size pickup truck.
Fiat Fullback – Expected Date of Arrival and Price:
The base model is expected to retail at $35,000 while trim levels as high as $50,000. There will four cab configurations and three trim levels. Each variant will come with its own price. As for the release date, the Fiat pickup truck will go on sale in fall 2016 or in the beginning of 2017.