Full­back a strong con­tender

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Fiat wants a slice of the grow­ing UK pick-up mar­ket, so has bor­rowed Mit­subishi tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate this Full­back model

Un­der the bon­net, the 2.4-litre Mit­subishi engine gives this Fiat de­cent pulling power. With 178bhp and 317lb/ft of torque on-tap, the 0-62mph time takes a very un-pick-up-like 10.4 sec­onds. As you’d ex­pect, the Full­back can be driven in ei­ther 2WD or 4WD on tar­mac or off road.

Fiat might not have been able to change too much about the en­gi­neer­ing of this Full­back pick-up, but its stylists have tried to give the ve­hi­cle more of its own char­ac­ter when it comes to the ex­te­rior look and feel.

Fiat is bravely pitch­ing this Full­back at a start­ing price slightly higher than its Mit­subishi L200 equiv­a­lent. You’re look­ing at an en­try fee of around £21,000 for the base SX ver­sion, which is about £1,000 more than an equiv­a­lent L200 Chal­lenger-spec Dou­ble­cab model

OK, so the Full­back isn’t very Ital­ian. It isn’t even very Fiat. But who cares? It’s a strong con­tender in the grow­ing pick-up seg­ment. How could it not be, based on the im­pres­sively com­plete Mit­subishi L200 Se­ries 5?

We think the Full­back is bet­ter look­ing than the L200. And it’s cer­tainly well equipped, plus it’s backed by the im­pres­sive re­sources of the Fiat Pro­fes­sional LCV dealer net­work. If you’re shop­ping in this seg­ment, we think you might like it.

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