The Fiat Toro pickup truck was launched in Brazil earlier this year at a base price of R$ 76,500 (around 13 lakhs) and it goes up to R$ 116,500 (around 20 lakhs) for the Brazilian market. It was based on the Fiat FCC4 concept which was revealed two years ago and the production version was built for customers wanting to own a leisure work horse at a premium.
There has been a crossover interpretation of the Toro pickup truck emerged on the internet thanks to the inquisitive rendering by Passioneautoitaliane website. On a serious note, a crossover SUV in the premium segment will make sense as we have seen with the Toyota. The Japanese manufacturer’s Innova MPV has been a massive hit in the majority of the markets it entered in and it’s based on a pickup truck as well.
The Toyota Hilux pickup formed the basis for the Innova whose second generation model built on an all-new platform is scheduled to be launched in India on the 3rd of May. It will have thoroughly revised interiors, upgraded engine line-up from the new GD family and a modernised overhaul of the exteriors with premium styling.
The Toyota Fortuner SUV has its roots in the Hilux pickup truck as well. It’s another top-notch product for the brand in India and also in abroad. Its new generation will grace our domestic market towards the end of this year with complete cosmetic revisions and other subtle mechanical and interior changes.
Coming back to the rendered image, the Fiat Toro pickup based crossover is expected to be launched as the next generation Fiat Freemont. It’s essentially nothing but a re-engineered version of the Dodge Journey first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show almost a decade before and went on sale in the American and global markets the next year.
Since there’s a due for the second generation model, the Fiat Toro based crossover could come as the obvious replacement. It is retailed in both LHD and RHD markets. The Fiat Toro pickup sits on the same small-wide front-wheel drive platform underpinning the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X and is available with two engines. One is a 1.8-litre E-Torq Flex fuel (ethanol/petrol) engine producing 120 bhp and the other is a 2.0-litre Multijet diesel powerplant delivering 170 bhp.
The flex-fuel engine is coupled with a six-speed manual while the Multijet diesel has option of either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic. The same engine lineup could be offered in the Freemont crossover as well with a standard 2WD system. The rendered images has the same distinguished pilot lamps with a separate conventional headlamp cluster which flows into a double-slated chrome grille. It has chrome trim on the foglamp housing and the side running board besides front silver skid plate.