The list of global pickups that aren’t available in the U.S. grows ever longer thanks to Fiat. The Brazilian arm of the automaker has released this photo of the compact truck, but with only a few savory details.

Called the Toro, the pickup will ride on Fiat’s Small wide 4x4 platform also found under the Jeep Renegade. The Toro will be much larger than the cute-‘ute, however, measuring 26 inches longer. Its size is still compact, especially when compared to the Chevrolet Colorado. The Fiat is a full 20 inches shorter than a Colorado Extended Cab.

Like most trucks, the Toro will give customers a wide range of configurations to choose from, including three trim levels, both 2WD and 4WD configurations, and two engine choices, including a turbodiesel.

Fiat says the Toro will have the luxury car-like features with seating for five. A payload rating of 2,204 pounds allows owners to haul a decent amount of cargo, though the Toro’s unibody construction keeps it from competing with the global Colorado and Ford Ranger.

The Toro is expected to make its full debut by the end of 2015 with sales starting in the early parts of 2016.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Fiat Toro.

  • 2017 Fiat Toro
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    138 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    1.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10.0 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD
  • Price:
    35000 (Est.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

According to the limited information released by Fiat, the Toro pictured here is likely the range-topping Country model. It includes LED daytime running lights, chrome accents, a faux front skid plate, and premium wheels. Other trim levels include the base Urban and midline Adrenaline trims.

Admittedly, the Toro is a handsome truck. Its unibody construction means there’s no divide between the cab and bed. Like the Honda Ridgeline or Chevrolet Avalanche, the SUV-turned-truck Toro combines the best of both worlds. Fiat has not specified if the Toro will feature an Avalanche-like mid-gate that opens the bed into the cab.

Interior

Nothing is known about the Toro’s interior at this point, but we can venture to guess it will carry Fiat’s current themes. Expect funky looks with plenty of interesting cubby spaces and cup holders. Navigation is likely on upper trim levels, while a touch-screen infotainment system could come standard.

Rear legroom won’t be as generous as the Colorado or Ranger, but five passengers should be able to get relatively comfortable.

We’ll update you once Fiat releases more information.

Drivetrain

Two engines are said to be available: a 1.8-liter E-Torq Flex four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter Multijet turbodiesel. Three transmissions are available and include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, and a nine-speed automatic. And of course, customers can choose between 2WD and 4WD configurations.

The 1.8-liter gasoline engine is expected to produce 138 horsepower while the 2.0-liter turbodiesel should make 170 horsepower with roughly 280 pound-feet of torque.

However, powertrain choices and combinations are supposedly limited within certain trim levels. The base Urban trim comes only with the 1.8-liter and six-speed automatic with power sent to the front wheels. The midlevel Adrenaline only comes in FWD as well, but is powered by the 2.0-liter turbodiesel mated to your choice of six-speed auto or manual gearboxes. Opt for the Country trim, and 4WD is the only drivetrain selection, but the 1.8-liter with the six-speed auto or the 2.0-liter turbodiesel with all three transmission choices are available.

Prices

Pricing was not among the information released by Fiat, so it’s anyone’s guess as to how the automaker will slot the Toro in the market. We’ll update you once the info becomes available.

Competition

Ford Ranger

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The global Ford Ranger is a very capable yet luxurious offering that isn’t available in Ford’s own hometown. The Ranger competes with things like the Toyota Hilux for customers needing utility, but who still need room for people.

The Ranger offers three engine options with four output levels. Compared to other trucks, the Ford is decidedly high-tech. An Auto Start/Stop feature helps save fuel, engine outputs are strong, and both automatic and manual gearboxes are offered, along with 2WD and 4WD.

Read more about the Ford Ranger here.

Chevrolet Colorado

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The global Colorado isn’t the same truck we have here in the U.S., but it still offers plenty of features worth noting. A strong set of engines, automatic and manual transmissions, and both 2WD and 4WD mean most customers can choose their ideal powertrain. Both the Extended and Crew Cabs are offered as well.

One shared aspect of both the global and U.S.-spec trucks is the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel. Making 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, the Duramax is the choice for hauling while keeping fuel economy numbers in check.

Read more about the Chevrolet Colorado here.

Conclusion

The Fiat Toro might not compete head-to-head with the Ranger and Colorado, but that probably isn’t Fiat’s goal. Offering an alternative to the rough-and-tumble trucks with something that is more comfortable yet still offers truck-like features could bring new customers to the brand. It’s almost like a crossover pickup – in fact, that’s exactly what it is.

While Fiat didn’t pioneer the segment, it may very well revive it. Whether the brand chooses to compete in the U.S. market is still unknown, but the thought of a softer yet still capable alternative to the U.S.-spec Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier is an interesting one.

  • Leave it
    • Still very few details
    • Not likely headed for U.S. shores
    • Not as truck-ish as the competition
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