Fiat has fully revealed its new Strada bakkie in Brazil, offering the fresh-faced small pick-up in both single- and double-cab body styles.
This latest version of the little bakkie will compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Saveiro and Renault Duster-based Oroch in South America, slotting into Fiat’s commercial line-up below the Toro.
The double-cab version of the Strada is 4 480 mm long, while its load bay measures 1 173 mm by 1 059 mm. Fiat says the newcomer has a payload of 650 kg (a figure that rises to 720 kg for the single-cab model). Ground clearance comes in at 208 mm while the Italian firm claims an approach angle of 24 degrees.
What’s under the bonnet? Well, according to Motor1.com, base models feature a naturally aspirated 1,4-litre petrol engine worth 65 kW (and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox), while there’s also a newer 1,3-litre unit generating 81 kW (using the same cog-swapper). Earlier reports suggested turbocharged engines would arrive at a later stage.
While South Africa’s half-tonne bakkie segment currently features just a single contender – the locally built Nissan NP200 – we don’t expect to see the new Strada on local soil. From what we understand, it will again be built exclusively in left-hand-drive guise for South America…
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