Tend to be Ja­panese. This one has a sexy Ital­ian ac­cent...

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Fol­low­ing its pre­miere at the 2015 Dubai In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show, the new­est ad­di­tion to the Fiat Pro­fes­sional range was re­vealed at a spe­cial event held 100 me­tres be­low ground level.

Backed by over a hun­dred years of his­tory and their ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion in the global LCV in­dus­try, the Fiat Pro­fes­sional brand is mak­ing an­other leap for­ward with the launch of the Full­back, com­plet­ing its cur­rent ex­ten­sive range of prod­ucts and ser­vices tai­lored to the needs of pro­fes­sional cus­tomers.

With Full­back, the brand makes a strong entry into the medi­um­duty pick- up seg­ment in the EMEA re­gion, where 650,000 units were sold in 2015. Fi­nally we are ready to en­ter into this seg­ment and to repli­cate the great in­ter­na­tional suc­cess of the brand here.

The new Fiat Full­back will play a lead­ing role in the seg­ment with ro­bust con­struc­tion and re­li­a­bil­ity. This new work hero is the re­sult of un­der­stand­ing the needs of pro­fes­sional cus­tomers but it's also per­fectly at ease when used for leisure, thanks to its great versatility.

Full­back is ready to take on any chal­lenge, hence its name, which is de­rived from the key po­si­tion in rugby or Amer­i­can foot­ball - the last man in the line of de­fence and also a de­fender in at­tack - a player who is ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with any sit­u­a­tion. This is well sum­marised by the claim: "Built for your work. And for your life".

Full­back has sporty pro­por­tions with its for­ward ex­tend­ing cab and a re­duced front over­hang. It has a touch of Ital­ian style in line with the new stylis­tic mark of the brand. The sides have dis­tinct ribs that stream­line the body and the rear is well con­nected to the cab. Full­back in­te­ri­ors re­flect the func­tion­al­ity of a work ve­hi­cle as well as the com­fort and el­e­gance of a high range SUV.

Per­fectly in line with the best of the com­pe­ti­tion in terms of con­fig­u­ra­tion, di­men­sions and en­gines, Fiat Pro­fes­sional's new pick-up will be avail­able with two en­gine op­tions on the dou­ble cab - a 2.5-litre diesel with a power out­put from 100kw to 131kw; the sin­gle cab comes stan­dard with a 2.4-litre petrol en­gine that de­liv­ers 97kw.

The petrol en­gine is pro­vided with a 5-speed man­ual gear­box, the diesel en­gine of­fer is aligned to the best com­pe­ti­tion and can be com­bined, ac­cord­ing to each mar­ket's of­fer, with a man­ual or au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, both with five speeds. At the time of launch the diesel is avail­able with a man­ual trans­mis­sion.

Full­back is avail­able in a 4X2 ver­sion (rear-wheel drive) in the sin­gle and dou­ble cab, as well as a 4X4 ver­sion (all-wheel drive) in the dou­ble cab; the lat­ter will be the one most ap­pre­ci­ated by those who, for work rea­sons, need to reach ar­eas that are far away from as­phalted roads or drive down tough off-road trails, with a (part time) 4x4 man­ual selec­tion and rear dif­fer­en­tial lock­ers (e locker), the Full­back is ca­pa­ble of get­ting you through the tough­est ter­rain.

Built for the most chal­leng­ing mis­sions, Full­back boats a large load ca­pac­ity and a high de­gree of strength, which is mostly due to its lad­der frame chas­sis. In de­tail, Full­back has a max. height of 1,780 mm, up to 1,815 mm width and a wheel­base of 3,000 mm.

The length varies de­pend­ing on con­fig­u­ra­tion: it reaches 5,220 mm with the Sin­gle Cab and 5,345 mm with the Dou­ble Cab. The load com­part­ment length also varies - 2,265 mm for the Sin­gle Cab and 1,520 mm for the Dou­ble Cab. Its ca­pac­ity is more than one ton and its tow­able weight is up to three tonnes.

The bakkie is avail­able in three mod­els, namely a Sin­gle Cab 2.4 Petrol 97kw 4x2 STD, a Dou­ble cab 2.5 diesel 100kw 4x2 LX and Dou­ble cab 2.5 Diesel 131kw 4x4 SX. The range comes stan­dard with a 3 year/ 100 000km ve­hi­cle war­ranty and 5-year/100 000km ser­vice plan. Mopar - the FCA brand for ser­vices, Cus­tomer Care, orig­i­nal ac­ces­sories and orig­i­nal spare parts - has cre­ated a ded­i­cated line of ac­ces­sories to en­hance the stylis­tic and func­tional fea­tures of the new Full­back.

Among these, the main el­e­ments worth not­ing are those ded­i­cated to the rear load com­part­ment, de­signed to sat­isfy both the work and leisure needs of cus­tomers.

These in­clude front nudge bar, side steps, load body sports bar and rear bumper. These lo­cally pro­duced com­po­nents will be avail­able as a set or in­di­vid­u­ally de­pend­ing on the cus­tomer's needs and all are avail­able in pol­ished stain­less steel or black pow­der coated stain­less steel.

Man­u­fac­tured by Ar­tav, these Full­back cos­metic ac­ces­sories can be or­dered with the ve­hi­cle or fit­ted as an af­ter- mar­ket ac­ces­sory by Fiat Pro­fes­sional deal­er­ships.

Fur­ther­more, a tow bar, de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bosal, as well as roof bars from Thule, make it pos­si­ble for cus­tomers to take full ad­van­tage of the ve­hi­cle dur­ing their leisure time with dif­fer­ent so­lu­tions avail­able for trans­port­ing all sorts of ob­jects, such as roof boxes, wind­surf­ing gear, kayaks, and bi­cy­cles.

The Full­back range is com­pleted by var­i­ous ac­ces­sories that are a per­fect fit with the tech­ni­cal and stylis­tic fea­tures of the model: the kick plate cus­tomised with the name of the ve­hi­cle, the side chrome- plated mould­ings that pro­tect the doors, chrome mir­ror cov­ers, rear park­ing sen­sors, rub­ber or fab­ric pro­tec­tive mats, un­der­body pro­tec­tion, fog lights with DRL func­tion and valve cover­ing caps sport­ing with the ve­hi­cle logo.

Whilst most of these ac­ces­sories will be avail­able from launch, sev­eral im­ported items will only be­come avail­able in the com­ing months.

OOPS: In the wrong lane. What now?

Don’t panic. And more im­por­tantly, DO NOT stop or swerve across mul­ti­ple lanes to reach your goal! Con­tinue in the cur­rent lane and, when pos­si­ble, turn into a quiet street or stop to find an­other route. If you’ve missed a turn-off or road, sim­ply go “around the block” or dou­ble-back at the next off-ramp. In traf­fic, turn around only when it’s safe to do so!

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