Fiat has introduced a completely new model, a 4 door utility pick up called the Toro, or “bull” in Italian. The crew-cab pickup truck was designed primarily for the Brazilian market, but it is expected to travel further afield.
The truck looks markedly more rugged than the usual Fiat, thanks to the front end, slim line headlights and wrapped grille incorporating indicators and fog lighting. The roof rack, the alloy wheels and the shapely lower bumper hint that the truck shown in the pictures is of a fully loaded model. It is expected that the work-oriented basic variants will look a lot less upmarket.
Reports claim the Toro sits on an similar modular platform that rides beneath the Jeep Renegade, but Fiat has not yet revealed what does lie under the skin. Only details given so far is that the entry-level engine is a 1.8ltr E-Torq four cylinder engine that can run on a blend of petrol and ethanol, a popular fuel in Brazil, giving 13bhp to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
The second engine option is a four cylinder 2.0ltr turbo diesel producing 170bhp, linked to a six-speed manual transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard, but a 4×4 option is available at extra cost for those who need to leave the black top.
The Toro’s length is 193 inches long, and to put that figure into perspective, the Jeep Renegade on which it’s allegedly based measures about 167 inches end to end.
Fiat is expected to publish a full set of details about its next truck in the next few weeks, and the Toro will go on sale across Brazil shortly after. It might be sold in a handful of neighbouring countries, and a few examples could be sent over to Europe, but we’re not likely to see the truck land on our shores any time in the near future.