2017 Fiat Fullback Cross Review

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a special editionversion of its new-for-2016 Fiat Fullback pickup. Now entering its second year in production, this mid-size,body-on-frame pickup arrives at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in Fiat’s “Cross” trim. The truck comes with several new exterior add-ons designed to appeal to lifestyle customs that want something more stylish. The Cross version is available with the four-door Double Cab configuration.

But before we dive into what makes the Fiat Fullback Cross edition different, let’s get reacquainted with the truck.

The Fiat Fullback should look familiar. That’s because it’s a rebadged Mitsubishi L200.FCA is also using the fifth-generation L200 as its new Ram 1200 pickup, sold in global markets outside North America. But that’s beside the point.

The Fullback uses Mitsubishi’s powertrain, too. The Fullback Cross comes with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel. This common-rail engine produces 180 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Customers can opt for a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. In either case, the Fullback’s top speed is 111 mph. Fiat elected to display an automatic-equipped Fullback at Geneva. 4WD is optional, of course, and includes a two-speed, electronically controlled transfer case from Torsen. It includes both 4WD High and 4WD Low range gears. An electronically operated locking rear differential is also standard with the 4WD system.

Electronic control and traction systems abound. They include ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution, Trailer Stability Assist, and Lane Departure Warning. Other safety systems include seven airbags, three-point seatbelts, and a front crumple zone. Cruise control is also standard.

Inside the cabin, the Fullback comes with leather seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, automatic dual zone climate controls, and a seven-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. The system includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a CD/MP3 player, satellite navigation, and a backup camera. The driver rides in comfort with a six-way power-operated seat.

With that covered, let’s jump into what makes the Fullback Cross unique.

What Makes The Fiat Fullback Cross Special

Fiat Fullback Cross

The Cross edition brings mostly cosmetic changes for the Fullback. Painted in Colosseum Grey, the Fullback Cross gets a bespoke grille and lower fascia finished in matte black. That theme continues with matte black fender flares, side steps, side mirrors, door handles, window trim, and rear bumper accent pieces. The 17-inch wheels are also matte black.

New pieces to the Fullback include those side steps and the sport bar over the cargo bed. The side steps are larger than standard, making it easier to climb into the cab. Of course, the most noticeable change is the sport bar. It is made from a textured black plastic and is designed to give the pickup a “sleeker silhouette [that] underlines its dynamic profile.”

The most noticeable change is the sport bar. It is made from a textured black plastic and is designed to give the pickup a “sleeker silhouette [that] underlines its dynamic profile.”

Another subtle yet important change is the blacked-out cargo bed. The plastic bed liner features the Fiat logo along the bulkhead, ensuring there’s no mistaking this for a Mitsubishi L200 or Ram 1200.

The interior has far fewer changes, however. It has chrome-plated kick plates on the rocker panels and all-weather rubber floor mats.

Fiat Fullback Cross

Fiat will display the Fullback Cross next to the Panda Cross at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show starting March 7 and running through March 19. More information will likely be released then, such as pricing and availability. Just don’t expect Fiat to ship the Fullback Cross to North America. You’ll have to stick with the Ram Trucks lineup should you want a pickup from FCA.

Press Release

Fiat Fullback is the pick-up truck dedicated to motorists who want a functional vehicle that still sets them free in their leisure time, by combining practicality with a vocation for the wild outdoors.

Fullback has a bold character reflected in its sporty proportions and at the Geneva Motor Show it is set to be the star of the show with the world premiere of the Cross version. The new pick-up in Cross trim is available in the double cabin version, with a length of 5.28 metres and a breadth of 3 metres. The width measures 1.81 metres and the height is 1.78 metres. The model on show will sport the Colosseum Grey livery.

Fiat Fullback Cross

Fullback Cross features exclusive stylistic details, such as the grille with matt black ingots. The front is completed by the satin silver skid plate. There are more eye-catching black details on the sides, such as the rear view mirrors, the handles and the wheel arches, the 17″ wheels and the new-design larger side steps. Last but not least, the exclusive textured black sport bar gives the Fullback Cross a sleeker silhouette and underlines its dynamic profile. The Fullback Cross’s individual look is completed by the new all-black cargo space, with the Fiat logo in relief. The effect is to emphasise its personality as an exceptionally versatile lifestyle vehicle, equally ideal for work and leisure.

Fiat Fullback Cross

It is fitted with a 2.4 litre common rail turbodiesel engine and develops 180 HP (133 kW) of power and a torque of 430 Nm. Its top speed is 179 km/h. There are also two transmissions available: six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with sporty sequential mode and dashboard commands. The 5-gear automatic version is the one that has been chosen for the Geneva Motor Show. The full traction option is the strength of this model, with a Torsen centre differential which can be locked using the lower gears and an E-locker rear differential locker for more extreme terrains.
The Cross features a particularly varied range of accessories, from all points of view. For safety, standard accessories include ABS with EBD, TSA (Trailer Stability Assist – a system which boosts stability during towing), LDW (Lane Departure Warning), seven airbags, Cruise Control.

Fiat Fullback Cross

Not forgetting Bi-Xenon headlights, front fog lights and LED daytime running lights (DRL). The interiors feature leather seats, steering wheel and gear stick knob, automatic dual zone climate control and automatic full traction selector. The infotainment equipment includes a DAB CD/MP3 Radio with 7″ touchscreen, Bluetooth and USB port. The front seats are also heated, with six-way electric adjustment on the driver’s side. The system includes a rear parking camera and satellite navigator. Mopar has developed customised accessories for the Fullback Cross: the easy-open turn and tilt door and the bed step for easier access to the large cargo section. The set-up is completed with the chrome-plated kick plate and rubber floor mats.

Fullback Cross is displayed next to the Panda Cross, and extends and completes the Cross range of models with a peerless mix of exclusive styling and extreme versatility. Models designed and developed for any kind of adventure, from the urban jungle to exploration of the natural world.

(topspeed.com, https://goo.gl/pQJlBE)

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