The Fiat Qubo, the passenger hauling version of the Italian automaker's Fiorino panel vans, will receive rugged credentials courtesy of the new Trekking trim. Debuting at the Frankfurt auto show, the Qubo Trekking is equipped with Fiat's Traction+ system, which improves the MPV's drive and handling in low-traction environments with an electronic differential lock for the front wheels in lieu of a full four-wheel drive system.

The Traction+ system improves performance in slippery situations by braking the wheel with the lowest grip and transferring additional power to the opposite wheel. Since the Qubo Trekking does not have the added weight and power loss associated with a four-wheel drive system, fuel economy and maintenance costs are not affected. According to Fiat, the standard Qubo is capable of achieving 52.27 mpg when equipped with the 75-horsepower, 1.3-liter Multijet diesel engine.

The Qubo Trekking will also come with a front bumper with engine guard, Trekking-specific wheel arches, Pirelli 2500 M+S tires, a 20-millimeter-raised suspension, and rear Trekking stickers. The Trekking will start at 12,650 GBP, or about $21,000, when it is introduced to the UK later this month.

Source: Fiat