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A fresh report out of the United Kingdom suggests Fiat will axe the Fullback bakkie from its line-up thanks to lacklustre sales and stricter emissions regulations in Europe.

It’s not yet clear whether Fiat Professional plans to continue offering the bakkie in other markets, such as South Africa (where the range currently comprises three double-cab derivatives and four single-cab variants).

According to Auto Express, the Fullback will soon disappear from the Italian automaker’s range.

"A combination of factors has led to the Fullback no longer being on sale," Richard Chamberlain, the head of Fiat Professional in the UK, told the publication.

"Low sales volumes and the forthcoming Euro 6 diesel emissions legislation meant it was no longer viable for Fiat Professional to offer the Fullback," he added.

The Fullback is, of course, based on the Mitsubishi Triton, which recently benefited from a comprehensive facelift. In the first three months of 2019, Fiat sold just 39 units of its Fullback in South Africa, while Mitsubishi registered 102 units of its Triton.

Back in September 2018, we brought you local pricing for the new Jaguar F-Pace SVR. Now, after a bit of a delay (one interestingly experienced by most markets), the Coventry-based firm’s high-performance SUV has finally arrived on South African soil.

Pricing now starts at R1 499 400 (a smidgen more than we initially reported), and includes a five-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.

The SVR-badged version of the F-Pace employs the firm's supercharged 5,0-litre V8, sending 405 kW and 680 N.m to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission. That’s enough grunt, says Jaguar, for a 4,3-second sprint to 100 km/h and a top speed of 283 km/h.

Local buyers will have the choice of seven exterior paint finishes along with four interior colour themes. The flagship F-Pace furthermore gains various aerodynamic enhancements, such as larger air intakes up front as well as side fender vents, which the brand says lower pressure in the wheel arches, reduce lift and provide additional cooling, while also optimising high-speed stability.

There are also model-specific wheel arch extensions and lower body mouldings, along with the obligatory vented SVR bonnet. At the rear, you’ll notice the unique spoiler is joined by a new bumper housing the menacing quad-tailpipes of the active (and lightweight) exhaust system. The bumper furthermore incorporates side strakes aiding aerodynamic performance.

Jaguar says the uprated chassis has progressive front and rear springs that are 30 and 10 percent stiffer, respectively. New 21-inch and optional 22-inch lightweight alloy wheels are wider at the rear by 25 mm compared with the front. The brakes, too, are heftier, with 395 mm front and 396 mm rear discs offered as standard. The SVR is also the first F-Pace to features Jaguar’s rear "Electronic Active Differential".

Inside, you’ll be greeted by performance front seats the automaker says provide added lateral support, as well as an SVR-branded steering wheel with aluminium paddle shifters.

Look out for a driving impression of the F-Pace SVR in our upcoming June 2019 issue.

Jaguar South Africa has confirmed the new F-Pace 300 Sport is scheduled to touch down on local shores in the third quarter of 2019.

The 300 Sport will be offered with a choice of two engines: a turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit and a 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel (both in all-wheel-drive configuration). The petrol engine makes 221 kW and 400 N.m, while the oil-burners offers the same peak power but 700 N.m.

Regardless of preferred engine, the special edition (offered in Yulong White, Indus Silver or Santorini Black) boasts Dark Satin Grey exterior detailing on the grille surround, side-window surrounds, side vents, side-mirror caps and door finishers, as well as the rear valance. You’ll also find “300 Sport” badging on the grille and tailgate.

Inside, you’ll notice yellow contrast stitching on the instrument panel, centre console and leather seats, with the “300 Sport” logo repeated on the treadplates, mats and steering wheel (and also embossed on the front headrests).

A Chequered Flag model (pictured below, and available in Yulong White, Santorini Black or Eiger Grey) will also be offered locally, based on the R-Sport derivative and featuring a sportier front bumper and Gloss Black detailing on the grille, door cladding, side vents and roof rails.

Chequered Flag variants will be offered with a choice of 2,0-litre engines: a 184 kW petrol unit and a pair of diesel mills (132 kW and 177 kW).


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