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FOR SA: Fiat's 'king cab' bakkie

2006-10-30 09:39

More interior storage space for Strada

Fiat has showcased the Fiat Strada Extended Cab at the Auto Africa Motor Show.

The Brazilian-built Fiat Strada Extended Cab is the first three-quarter-ton pick-up in South Africa offering a "king-cab" type configuration.

There is extra space of more than 30cm or 300 litres behind the seats while the rear load box shrinks from 1770mm to 1472mm in length. The width is unaffected at 1314mm (1090mm between wheelarches).

The payload for the Extended Cab is rated at 700 kg as opposed to 750 kg for the standard version.

The Extended Cab will be the first model in the current Strada/Palio line-up to receive an all-new 1.4-litre.

This 1 368cc mill churns out 60 kW at 5 500 r/min and 119.7 Nm of torque at 2 250 r/min.

In the comfort area, the newcomer will be offered in two different guises: an entry-level Trekking version and a more leisure-orientated Adventure model.

The Trekking is very similarly specced to the standard cab EL variant which means that standard equipment includes power steering, rev counter, rear plastic bin liner, full wheel trims and roof rails.

The Adventure model tops up the spec sheet with colour-coded bumpers/mirrors, twin driving/foglamps, exterior side steps, alloy wheels, central locking, air conditioning, power windows, a stereo system, upgraded cloth upholstery, a sportier instrument nacelle, a driver's airbag and fully upholstered door panels.

The Fiat Strada Extended Cab goes on sale in South Africa in December - recommended pricing will be announced at launch.

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