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 Colorado/ GMC Canyon twins and the Toyota Tacoma in the United States.