A Fiat Toro has been spied testing on American soil, raising questions in regards to Fiat Chrysler’s plan for the compact pickup in North America.
The Toro is currently only available in Latin American countries, but with General Motors entering the mid-size segment with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon and Ford committed to reintroducing the Ranger, it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea for FCA to bring its small workhorse stateside.
FCA chief designer Ralph Gilles poured some fuel on the fire at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show in early April when he told media they will “be seeing more from Fiat on the truck side, especially.” He later sent out a tweet clarifying his statements, saying FCA likes the Toro for Latin America, but has “no plans,” to sell it in the U.S.
The Toro is a unibody pickup that employs FCA’s Small Wide 4×4 architecture found in vehicles like the Jeep Renegade and Fiat Panda 4×4. It’s available in crew cab configuration only and features a split tailgate that opens outward rather than the drop down tailgate of a typical pickup. FCA’s 1.8-liter E-Torq engine for Latin American markets and 2.0-liter diesel comprise the engine options, with both six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions available.
Check out the spy shots, hosted by TFLTruck at this link and feel free to let us know why you think FCA is testing the Toro in the U.S. in the comments below.