This year a number of manufacturers with little to no experience in the bakkie segment have announced their intention to compete.
Mercedes-Benz made the declaration. So did Renault. And if you needed further proof of an imminent bakkie war, here it is. Fiat will be joining the fray too, with a new model named the Fullback.
That’s one merit already – the title. The fact that it’s named after a rugby position should play some bit in endearing itself to local buyers. IgnitionLive received confirmation that the Fullback will be coming to South Africa, most likely in the third quarter of 2016.
You could think of it as a Mitsubishi Triton, albeit with a little more style – because that is essentially what it is. Fun, frugal and affordable compact cars is what Fiat does best. So perhaps it’s not a bad thing that they decided to employ the expertise of the Japanese veteran in this case.
So the specifications are pretty identical to those of the Mitsubishi. Locally the Fullback pick-up truck will be available with two engine options – a 2.5-litre diesel with a power output of between 100kW or 131kW and a 2.4-litre petrol engine that delivers 97kW. All engines feature five-speed manual transmissions.
And we love to customise our bakkies in South Africa, don’t we? Luckily, you’ll also be able to pick items from the Mopar special accessories catalogue. More details on the Fiat Fullback as we receive them.