NEW BAKKIE ON THE WAY: Fiat's new one-ton bakkie, the Fullback, is set to arrive in South Africa later in 2016. Image: QuickPic
Cape Town - Fiat will launch a new one-ton bakkie in South Africa - it's called the Fullback.
The new, medium-sized bakkie will be available in both single- or double-cab guise in South Africa.
According to Fiat SA: "The Fullback will arrive in South Africa as early as June 2016 with a line-up that includes single-cab with a 4x2 drivetrain, and double-cab with 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains. It will be built by Mitsubishi Thailand."
Mid-sized bakkie for SA
The reason for the Fullback moniker? Fiat SA says it refers to "...a player role in Rugby and American Football standing for the bearing column of the team. Last man in defence and defender in attack, solving any problem for the team.”
The Fullback measures 1.7m tall, 1.8m wide with a wheelbase of 3m.
The length varies depending on the configuration - 5.155mm (single-cab) and 5.285mm (double-cab). The length of the cargo compartment depends on body style - 2.2m (single-cab) and 1.5m (double-cab). Payload capacity, depending on configuration, is 1100kg.
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Locally the Fullback will be available with two engine options: a 2.5-litre diesel with power outputs ranging from 100kW to 131kW and a 2.4-litre petrol capable of 97kW. All engines are mated to a five-speed manual.
Further details of SA-bound bakkie will be made available closer to its local launch.
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The engine can be mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed auto gearbox. Fiat SA says the car will arrive here by the end of 2016.
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Mitsubishi has confirmed that its next-generation Triton will arrive in South Africa by mid-2016.
The new bakkie is in its fifth-generation and the marque says it is their most advanced bakkie yet. The Triton uses a new-generation 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine which produces 133kW/430Nm.
The engine uses cylinder block from aluminium to save 30kg overall. There are two transmission options: a six-speed manual and five-speed automatic.
Nissan has unveiled its new Navara for South Africa, set to arrive locally in 2016. Can Nissan's new flagship bakkie take on local champs - Ford's Ranger and Toyota's Hilux?
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