Could Brazil-Market Fiat Toro Preview Ram Urban Hauler?
Crew Cab Trucklet Shows Potential Bandwidth of Ram Brand
The marriage of Fiat and Chrysler (FCA) has been one of the more unlikely and interesting developments in the automotive world over the last decade. Some of the products that have come forth from the collaboration are very innovative and unconventional. One of the more recent products of note is the Jeep Cherokee, an amalgamation of European engineering and American ingenuity and creativity that decisively proved that “rugged” and “crossover” are not mutually exclusive terms. However, this latest gem we discovered from the Brazilian market makes us hopeful FCA’s unconventional and creative streak isn’t over yet. Check out the latest trucklet from the Southern Hemisphere, the Fiat Toro.
Firm details on the Toro are slim; however, it’s believed the Toro is based on the Small Wide architecture that also underpins the Jeep Renegade. At a total length of 193.5 inches (one of the few hard tech specs we were able to glean from the brief Portuguese press release), the Toro is significantly longer than the Renegade’s compact 166.6 inch length. Powering the compact crew cab is reportedly a 2.0L I-4 diesel making 170 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque or a gas 1.8L I-4 making 138 hp. It doesn’t seem like it would take too much to fit the Renegade’s 2.4L MultiAir I-4 and nine-speed auto in it (although we wouldn’t mind a row-for-yourself option as well). A mild stylistic tweaking substituting the Fiat badge for Ram, and you’ve got yourself a city-friendly, practical hauler.
With Hyundai reportedly serious about bringing the Santa Cruz concept to production, the time might be right for a truly small truck again, even if the engine does sit sideways and drive the fronts by default. What do you think? Would you like to see the Toro sold in the U.S. as a baby Ram?
Source: Fiat Brasil