Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fiat Fullback

The new Fiat 124 Spider isn't the only Fiat with the Eurasian connection with a Japanese company, in fact, there's another Fiat with ties with another Japanese car company, this time with Mitsubishi for their midsize pickup truck called the Fullback. Wait, what?

2017 Fiat Fullback

We all seen vehicles stealing fighter jet names. Raptor, Lightning, Typhoon, now Fiat's brand new midsize truck took the name from a very popular Russian fighter bomber meaning it's time to grab your axe because the new Fullback knows how to wield a mighty axe for people who got their hands full with their businesses, big or small. What this pickup truck means that it deserves some serious businesses to work out with for anyone who wants to get their job done from sunrise to sunset.

2017 Fiat Fullback

2017 Fiat Fullback interior

Being another one of Eurasian Fiats ever made since the new 124 Spider, the Fullback is essentially based on the Mitsubishi Triton truck, which is the new model not sold in the Japanese market, meaning most of the stuff is purely Mitsubishi underneath the Fiat flair inside and out. It can be offered with either a single cab (that comes with bigger bed space or a double cab that trades bed space for more rear passenger space and some two more doors. Whichever variant they choose, the Fullback delivers a bed width of 1,470mm and loading compartment  threshold of 850mm. Good enough to put some logistic-related materials, construction materials, or anything it can take on, even people for different purposes...although not recommended to do so.

2017 Fiat Fullback

Under the hood, the Mitsubishi-sourced Fiat Fullback features a completely aluminum 2.4L CRDi-VGT engine with two different power configurations, where the most powerful is the one with 180PS of power output and 430Nm of torque. It can be mated with either a 6-speed manual or automatic. With the Fullback comes with four-wheel drive, there's a nifty switch that offers four drive settings with shift-on-the-fly system that allows drivers to adapt through different road conditions. It can be switched to either a rear-wheel drive, 4WD High Range, 4WD High Range with Locked Center Differential, and 4LLc.

Just like the Triton, the Fullback features Dual SRS Airbags, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, turning radius of 5.9 meters, Limited Slip Differential, and Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution Body.

As far as they know it, the Fiat Fullback starts at a theoretical 34,600 Euro pricing for the single cab model while the double cab costs around 36,430 Euros and an automatic variant costs 41,920 Euros. Sounds very costly for a pickup truck imported from Thailand and when compared to the VW Amarok, that pricing sounds so painful to own but despite the pricing, consider this a hearty alternative since VW's has been in difficulties right now regarding the whole diesel flop they're facing with.

With a name unashamedly grabbed from a Russian fighter plane, the Fullback's ready to wield that mighty axe to the pickup truck fans with its potential capabilities that makes it a keeper.

Available colors:  Verde Metallizzato, Blue Metallizzato, Rosso, Bronzo Metallizzato, Grigio Titanio Metallizzato, Nero Micalizzato, Bianco Perla, and Bianco.

Photo: Fiat

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