Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Fiat | posted November 11, 2015 16:34
Fiat gets its first mid-size pick-up from Mitsubishi
Over a year since Fiat and Mitsubishi Motors agreed on their pickup project, Fiat has now debuted their version of the Strada. This is not the first time the two companies worked together, with Mitsubishi selling the Mirage as the Dodge Attitude in Mexico.
Fiat Professional, the subsidiary handling the brand's commercial vehicles, is currently expanding its pickup lineup and the Fullback is Fiat's first body-on-frame pick-up.
Cosmetic differences between the Strada and the Fullback are all seen in front. The multi-slatted grill seen in the Mitsubishi has been replaced by a simpler three bar design for the Fiat and the front bumper is also different from the Strada. The Fullback's headlights are the ones found in the Strada, as well as its tail lights. The rest of the car's body is unchanged. Inside, Fiat badges replace the Mitsubishi markings.
Like the Strada, the Fullback will be available in single cab, extended cab, double cab, and cab and chassis configurations, depending on the market. Double cab models measure in at 5,285 mm long, 1,815 mm wide and 1,780 mm tall with a 3,000 mm wheelbase. Payload capacity is rated at 1,100 kg.
The Fullback offers five engine choices, starting with the familiar 2.5-liter turbodiesel from Mitsubishi, available in either 110 PS or 178 PS outputs. Mitsubishi's new 2.4-liter MIVEC turbodiesel will also makes its way to the Fiat. Like the 2.5 being offered, the new engine comes with two output options, one with 150 PS and the other with 180 PS. A 132 PS 2.4-liter gas engine is also available.
The 2.4-liter gas and 2.5-liter diesel can be mated to either a five speed manual or five speed automatic. On the other hand, the 2.4-liter diesel can be paired with a newly developed six speed manual or a five speed automatic.