Fiat’s new Fullback pick-up truck makes UK debut at 2016 Commercial Vehicle Show; on sale in June
Fiat’s new Fullback pick-up truck has made its UK debut at the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, and will go on sale in the UK in June 2016.
The Fullback will rival a growing number of revised pick-up trucks, including the new Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger. As many car brands are looking to the pick-up market to expand, the Fullback will also have to see off the revised Volkswagen Amarok and potential offerings from Renault and Peugeot/Citroen.
The Fullback is essentially a rebadged Mitsubishi L200, which is immediately clear from the pickup’s pointed headlights, curved windows and the crease running along the load bed. It can be fitted with either a 150bhp or 180bhp 2.4-litre diesel engine and comes with four-wheel drive as standard. Like the L200, the Fullback cab can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox. If you opt for the auto, you’ll also be treated to a sports mode.
Available as a double cab only, the Fullback can carry a payload of up to 1,045kg – just 5kg short of the class-leading L200 it’s based on.
If you were wondering about the name, Fiat says ‘Fullback’ comes from the “cornerstone position in rugby and American football”, to add some brutish appeal.
The Fullback is Fiat’s first foray into the modern mid-size commercial pick-up market in Europe, with the brand only manufacturing the smaller Fiat Strada for Latin America.
Fiat’s new pick-up will launch in June in the UK. Prices are unconfirmed, but we expect them to start from around £23,000 – a similar price to the L200. Two trim levels will be available.