Since young, I have always been a fan of the Fiat brand and the thought of them producing a bakkie with a Fiat Logo was food for thought.
Having recently had the opportunity to experience the Bakkie, it reminded me that there was a similar vehicle in the not too distant past called the Mitsubishi Triton? Due to brand co-operation, this is now in fact a Fiat branded vehicle.
There is however a hint of the Fiat Makers brand with an Italian flair done in their own style. Shown on the front end of the cab, but leaving the odd shaped rear door of the cab similar to the Triton. The Fiat Fullback still draws much attention all due to the badge on the bonnet.
The interior of the cab is typical of a vehicle designed to be practical and user-friendly yet comfortable working vehicle. The panels are a little plastic but acceptable although a little outdated. Seats are in leather trim but rather firm. The Driver seat has electric adjustments for the driver’s choice the passenger’s seat is operated manually.
The air bags are suitable positioned for safety. There is an infotainment touch screen system which includes Navigation as well as Bluetooth with a USB port. Not forgetting the Radio and CD player.
There is an E-lock fitted for the rear axle. Cruise control including power windows all round. Air conditioning is good with a dash-mounted button that allows easy cut off from the system.
The load bin is average for the size and has a good load capacity. Capable of one-ton capacity. Towing capacity is 3 tonne as stated by Fiat.
The engine is a 2.5litre turbo that is coupled via a five-speed manual transmission. On average, fuel consumption is good, returning a figure of 8.3litres per 100 kms. There is a small increase in RPM when the air conditioner is in use.
The vehicle is competively priced in this segment of the market but is a touch outdated when compared to other makes. I recommend you take a test drive at a Fiat dealer and judge for yourself – James McClelland