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Sunday, 19 June 2016

UK pricing & specification of the new FIAT Fullback announced at the international media launch in Turin.

  • UK pricing and specification of the new FIAT Professional Fullback announced at the international media launch in Turin
  • FIAT Professional’s brand new “Work Hero” is designed to meet the professional and lifestyle needs of its hard-working owners
  • Versatile, tough and always reliable – the FIAT Fullback takes its name from the key rugby or American football position
  • UK customers can choose between the 2.4 150hp SX, 2.4 180hp LX and the 2.4 180hp LX automatic
  • Prices in the UK start from £20,995 excluding VAT and OTR charges
FIAT Professional has announced pricing and specification details of the new Fullback pickup truck ahead of its UK launch on July 4. Engineered to meet the broad needs of business users  – both professional and recreational - the new FIAT Professional Fullback offers the kind of flexibility and dependability its name suggests: A fundamental playing position rugby or American football; the fullback which requires an intelligent and adaptable player capable of dealing with any situation.

With the new Fullback, FIAT Professional enters the buoyant medium-duty pick up segment which accounts for 650,000 vehicles a year in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) representing 22% of the total LCV market. In the UK more than 40,000 pickups were registered in 2015 – a jump of 20% compared to 2014 – so it is clear that there is growing audience, both internationally and in the UK, who see the rugged and practical pickup truck as an the ideal solution to their broad spectrum of vehicle needs.
In terms of styling, the front of the FIAT Professional Fullback adopts the upmarket appearance of a sports SUV with its swept-back fascia, chunky front bumper and roomy cab-forward layout. Distinctive swage lines along the flanks tie the front of the pickup truck to the rear and, along with the sweeping shape of the front and rear lamps, help fully integrate the load bed as part of the vehicle’s overall design. Detailing is tasteful and restrained with two strips of satin silver trim used to frame the front grille on the entry-level SX, while LX versions also have a subtle satin silver trim around sump protector, as well as chrome-finished door mirrors, door handles and side steps. Attractive 16-inch alloy wheels are standard on the SX while the profile of the LX model is enhanced with 17-inch alloy wheels and substantial, body-coloured wheel arch protectors.
The interior combines the functionality of a work vehicle with the comfort and elegance of luxury vehicle with an attractive and ergonomically designed, two-tone black-and-silver dashboard, supportive and comfortable seats and impressive rear passenger room. Standard equipment on the SX version includes remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity (phone calling and music streaming), DAB digital radio, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob, steering-wheel mounted remote audio controls, air conditioning (including rear vents), Start & Stop, 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. Land Departure Warning and a reversing camera are both standard on the LX version.
The FIAT Professional Fullback SX is powered an aluminium-block, 2.4-litre diesel engine with a variable-geometry turbo charger which produces 150hp and 380Nm of torque yet its official combined-cycle fuel economy figure is just 44.2MPG (6.4L/100km) and its CO2 emissions are 169g/km. The standard SX transmission comprises a six-speed manual gearbox with on demand four-wheel drive system with three electrically-selected settings: 2H, 4H and 4L.
The power and torque outputs of LX version are increased to 180hp and 430Nm, while the full-time four-wheel drive system has four electrically-controlled settings: 2H, 4H plus 4HLc and 4LLc with a locking central differential for improved traction. Its official combined-cycle fuel economy figure is 42.2MPG (6.6L/100km) and its CO2 emission figure is 173g/km.
Technical highlights across all FIAT Professional Fullback models include 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.
Standard equipment on the LX includes keyless go, leather upholstery, electrically-adjusted and heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, bi-xenon headlamps with washers, enhanced body styling, privacy glass and a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB, Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation as standard. Lane Departure Warning, a reversing camera and a comfort-oriented “Touring” suspension are also including in the generous LX specification When equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission, the LX version adds an upgraded 7-inch infotainment system and transmission paddle gear shifters.
Available as a double cab only and with all-wheel drive standard on all versions, the FIAT Professional Fullback starts at £20,995 (excluding VAT, VED, delivery and plates) for the SX version. The high-specification LX manual is priced from £22,995 (excluding VAT and OTR charges) while the LX automatic is priced from £24,395 (excluding VAT and OTR charges). The new FIAT Fullback will be available to order from FIAT Professional dealers from 4 July.
FIAT Fullback Version2.4 150hp SX2.4 180hp LX2.4 180hp LX Auto
Combined MPG44.242.839.2
Combined l/Km6.46.67.2
Displacement cc244224422442
Max output hp / Nm150 / 380180 / 430180 / 430
Fuel SystemTurbo Diesel Electronic Common Rail Direct Injection
TransmissionMT 6-speedMT 6-speedAuto 5-speed
SteeringRack and pinion power assisted – 5.9m turning circle
Suspension (rear)Rigid, elliptic leaf springs
Brakes(F) 16-inch Ventilated Disc (R) 11.6-inch Leading and trailing drums
Off Road AnglesApproach 30° / Departure 22°/ Ground Clearance 205mm
Length mm528552855285
Width mm178518151815
Height mm177517801780
Track (mm)(F) 1520 (R) 1515
Overhangs (mm)(F) 865 (R)1420
Kerb weight kg176518751875
GVW kg280029052910
Towing (unbraked) kg270031003100
Payload kg103510301035
Seating capacity555