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FIAT UNVEILS MITSUBISHI-BASED FULLBACK PICKUP IN DUBAI

An industry colleague in Australia and I were talking recently and he mentioned that he’d seen a Mitsubishi Triton with a Fiat badge on the road in Thailand. I was surprised and interested at the same time.

The Fiat ‘Fullback’ is essentially a Mitsubishi Triton with a unique front end and of course a Fiat badge. We know that Sergio M has been wanting a partner to come into the Fiat Chrysler business, so could this be the first sign of a merger?

I must say that I do like the front end treatment of the picture and what a great name from Fiat! Do I see an opportunity for Billy Slater. Roger Tuivasa Sheck or perhaps some other quality player to step up?

Fiat has travelled to the Dubai Motor Show to introduce a new pickup truck dubbed Fullback.

The Fullback stands out as Fiat’s first-ever body-on-frame truck. Essentially a re-badged Mitsubishi Triton (sold as the L200 in some markets), it gains a Fiat-specific grille with horizontal slats, a revised front bumper, and new alloy wheels. The rest of the truck is plucked directly from the Mitsubishi parts bin.

Fiat offers the Fullback as a single cab, an extended cab, a double cab, and a chassis cab. It can haul 2,500 pounds in its most capable configuration.

In Europe, the Fullback is available with a Mitsubishi-sourced 2.4-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that can be ordered with either 150 or 180 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard, and buyers can pay extra for a five-speed automatic, all-wheel drive, or both.

Buyers outside of Europe can choose between a 2.5-liter turbodiesel that makes either 110 or 178 horsepower and a 2.4-liter gasoline-burning engine rated at 132 ponies. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard, and a five-speed automatic is offered at an extra cost.

The 2016 Fiat Fullback is scheduled to go on sale in a host of global markets including Europe, the Middle East, and Africa starting next spring. At the time of writing Fiat isn’t planning on taking on the Chevrolet ColoradoGMC Canyon twins and the Toyota Tacoma in the United States.

Read more: http://www.leftlanenews.com/fiat-unveils-mitsubishibased-fullback-pickup-in-dubai-90213.html#ixzz41UgtvX44

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