By Stewart Smith on 2016-06-20 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Fiat Fullback -
FIAT Professional, the commercial vehicle arm of the Italian manufacturer, has a completely revised range of vehicles on offer, including the all-new Fullback pick-up and Talento, Fiorino and Euro 6 versions of the Doblo and Ducato vans.
But the most important newcomer to the UK will be the Fullback, Fiat's first full-size pick-up which goes on sale in July.
It has been engineered to meet the needs of business users - both professional and recreational - and Fiat says, as the name suggests, that as with a position on a rugby or football field a fullback requires an intelligent and adaptable player capable of dealing with any situation.
Available as a double cab only, the Fullback can carry a payload of up to 1,035kg.
In terms of styling, the front of the Fullback has an up-market appearance of a sports SUV with its swept-back fascia, chunky front bumper and roomy cab-forward layout plus two strips of satin silver trim used to frame the front grille on the entry-level SX, while LX versions also have chrome-finished door mirrors, door handles and side steps and 16-inch alloy wheels are standard on the SX.
Inside the new Fullback cabin is more car-like with an attractive two-tone black-and-silver dashboard, supportive and comfortable seats and pretty generous rear passenger room.
The SX is powered a 2.4-litre turbocharged diesel engine which produces 150bhp and 380Nm of torque and its official combined fuel economy figure is just 44.2mpg with CO2 emissions at 169g/km.
The standard SX transmission is a six-speed manual gearbox with on demand four-wheel drive.
The Fullback offers a one-tonne payload with a bed length of up to 1.52m, 3,100kg un-braked towing capacity (2,700kg for the SX model), best-in-class turning circle.
Sophisticated double wishbone front suspension and a solid axle with leaf springs for maximum reliability and sturdiness.
The power and torque outputs of LX version are increased to 180bhp and its official combined-cycle fuel economy figure is 42.2mpg and its COemission figure is 173g/km.
It comes with a goodly list of standard equipment including remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB digital radio, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob, steering-wheel mounted remote audio controls, air conditioning, stop-start, front fog lamps, a tubular side step and a host of safety features including seven airbags, advanced ESC with ASR, TSA (Trailer Stability Assist), LED DRLs, hill start assist and cruise control with a speed limiter.
Fullback pricing starts at £20,995 (excluding VAT, VED, delivery and plates) for the SX version. The high-specification LX manual is priced from £22,995, while the LX automatic is priced from £24,395.
The Italian van maker has also released details of the facelifted Fiorino panel van which will go on sale in the UK at £11,315 excluding VAT.
It comes with a new-look front and an interior which includes features such as a 5-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and sat-nav, a multifunction steering wheel and new instrument graphics.
Under the bonnet Fiat is offering two 1.3-litre MultiJet II turbodiesel engines to choose from - a 79bhp and 94bhp, as well as a 1.4-litre petrol.
It also comes with a choice of an EcoJet efficiency package with start & stop, smart alternator and variable displacement oil pump which means it is claimed the Fiorino could give you 74.3mpg and 100g/km of CO2 if you choose the manual gearbox.
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