2017 Fiat Fullback Cross
A special edition Fullback arrives at Geneva
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a special edition version of its new-for-2016 Fiat Fullback pickup. Now entering its second year in production, this mid-size, body-on-frame pickup arrives at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in Fiat’s “Cross” trim. The truck comes with several new exterior add-ons designed to appeal to lifestyle customs that want something more stylish. The Cross version is available with the four-door Double Cab configuration.
But before we dive into what makes the Fiat Fullback Cross edition different, let’s get reacquainted with the truck.
The Fiat Fullback should look familiar. That’s because it’s a rebadged Mitsubishi L200. FCA is also using the fifth-generation L200 as its new Ram 1200 pickup, sold in global markets outside North America. But that’s beside the point.
The Fullback uses Mitsubishi’s powertrain, too. The Fullback Cross comes with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel. This common-rail engine produces 180 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Customers can opt for a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. In either case, the Fullback’s top speed is 111 mph. Fiat elected to display an automatic-equipped Fullback at Geneva. 4WD is optional, of course, and includes a two-speed, electronically controlled transfer case from Torsen. It includes both 4WD High and 4WD Low range gears. An electronically operated locking rear differential is also standard with the 4WD system.
Electronic control and traction systems abound. They include ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution, Trailer Stability Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. Other safety systems include seven airbags, three-point seatbelts, and a front crumple zone. Cruise control is also standard.
Inside the cabin, the Fullback comes with leather seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, automatic dual zone climate controls, and a seven-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. The system includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a CD/MP3 player, satellite navigation, and a backup camera. The driver rides in comfort with a six-way power-operated seat.
With that covered, let’s jump into what makes the Fullback Cross unique.
Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat Fullback Cross.
What makes the Fiat Fullback Cross special
The Cross edition brings mostly cosmetic changes for the Fullback. Painted in Colosseum Grey, the Fullback Cross gets a bespoke grille and lower fascia finished in matte black. That theme continues with matte black fender flares, side steps, side mirrors, door handles, window trim, and rear bumper accent pieces. The 17-inch wheels are also matte black.
New pieces to the Fullback include those side steps and the sport bar over the cargo bed. The side steps are larger than standard, making it easier to climb into the cab. Of course, the most noticeable change is the sport bar. It is made from a textured black plastic and is designed to give the pickup a “sleeker silhouette [that] underlines its dynamic profile.”
Another subtle yet important change is the blacked-out cargo bed. The plastic bed liner features the Fiat logo along the bulkhead, ensuring there’s no mistaking this for a Mitsubishi L200 or Ram 1200.
The interior has far fewer changes, however. It has chrome-plated kick plates on the rocker panels and all-weather rubber floor mats.
Fiat will display the Fullback Cross next to the Panda Cross at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show starting March 7 and running through March 19. More information will likely be released then, such as pricing and availability. Just don’t expect Fiat to ship the Fullback Cross to North America. You’ll have to stick with the Ram Trucks lineup should you want a pickup from FCA.
Read our full review on the Fiat Fullback here.