Automobile dealers Fiat have finally entered the bakkie arena with their new Fiat Fullback. The first ever Fiat bakkie was launched in Botswana at Molapo Motors over the weekend. Even though Fiat Fullback is going to face tough competition from rivals such a as Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux it is expected to settle well as it is powered by proven Mitsubishi. Looking closely to the Fiat Fullback one can easily see the next generation Mitsubishi Triton. The Fullback range comes in single cab and double cab with the engine capacity available in both the 2.4-litre petrol engine the 2.5-litre turbo diesel. The single cab is available in only as 2x4 while the double cab has both the 2x4 and 4x4. We had an opportunity to drive in the new Fullback 2.5Di double cab 4x4 LX and have a little spin on it outside town.
With a very simple but comfortable interior the new Fullback has a large touch screen infotainment system. It comes with a built in navigator system for easy driving around. The car also comes with neat leather seats. The seats need no twisting and turning to adjust them as they are fully automated, just press of a button is enough with Fullback. Compared with other bakkies, the Fullback is very spacious; it has ample space at the rear seats. Seated at the back one is comfortable and free to move their legs freely with ample space available there. The vehicle comes with a standard reverse camera as well as day safety bi-Xenon lights.
Built both for work and leisure the Fullback has a powerful engine with a high horsepower. The 4x4 performs very well without any difficulties on and off-road. It comes with both the 5 and 6 speed manual transmissions. Safety is not an issue here. With top safety features, the Fullback becomes one of the safest vehicles to drive in. Equipped with seven air bags, the safety is top notch. The suspension also ensures excellent stability both on and off the road to the enjoyment of the drive.
Although the Fiat Professional Fullback has got tough competition from the likes of Wild Track and Hilux nothing can be taken away from it. With proven mechanics from the tested Mitsubishi the Fullback promises to have a piece of the cake in the market share.