First Look: Fiat Oltre Concept
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During the most recent auto show in Bologna, Italy, Italian manufacturer Fiat presented its Oltre four-wheel-drive concept. Even though the lines are clearly inspired by the HUMMER H1 and H2 SUT, the vehicle has a futuristic style all its own. For those who follow European trends, the Oltre concept is a civilized version of the Iveco LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle), an all-terrain military vehicle employed by the Italian and British armies. The Iveco truck firm is a part of Fiat's utility and heavy truck group.
The Oltre's exterior is composed of angular lines, headlights divided into two sections, a brushed-steel grille, and two foglights integrated into the imposing bumpers.
The concept has blue-tinted windows and embedded door handles that match the pearl-white body color. For easier entry and exit, Fiat installed brushed-steel side steps. In addition, the Oltre has a hatch that can be used as a skylight or an exit. In back, a safety bar skirts the roof and extends down to the body, with four high-wattage off-road lights.
The interior is finished in high-quality blue-and-white leather. The sporty steering wheel is in three sections and sheathed in leather. The concept's bucket seats can accommodate up to five passengers comfortably. Its dashboard is avant-garde and ergonomic, with easily accessible controls inspired by the military version of the Iveco LMV.
The vehicle is said to be able to ford rivers up to 33 inches deep and can also manage 80-degree inclines. The concept weighs 7000 pounds and is classified as a heavy-duty vehicle.
Under the hood of the Oltre is a 3.0-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel Iveco engine, capable of developing 185 horsepower at 3700 rpm and 336 pound-feet of torque at 1800 rpm. An integrated automatic six-speed transmission sends power to all four wheels when the system senses wheelslip. Early reports on payload capacities hover around the 6000-pound mark.
The concept was equipped with 26-inch, low-profile Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetricos, not commonly used for off-road vehicles. Nor are its chrome wheels. Fiat is gauging public opinion to see if there might be an unserved niche for a muscular yet efficient full-size utility vehicle. If Fiat's directors greenlight this project, we like that much of the chassis, platform, and powertrain would come from military vehicles. We'll see if it makes it to U.S. shores.
|Fiat Oltre Concept|
|Engine type||I-4 TD, iron block, alum heads|
|Horsepower, hp @ rpm||185 @ 3700|
|Torque, lb-ft @ rpm||336 @ 1800|
|Tire model||Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico|