The second generation of the Fiat Strada has become something of a sales phenomenon since hitting the Brazilian market in July 2020. Over 40,000 units were sold during the first full month of sales, in the Brazilian market. The subcompact Sport Utility Pickup (SUP) has since taken the Latin American world by storm in both its form of the Fiat Strada and its rebranded Ram 700 persona.
Based on Fiat’s Modular Platform Pickup (MPP) platform, which was designed exclusively for the Strada/700, the four-door Sport Utility Pickup (SUP) features two different powertrains depending on the trim level. The base engine is a 1.4-liter FIRE inline-four-cylinder that produces 88 horsepower and 90 lb.-ft. of torque on ethanol (85 horsepower and 89 lb.-ft. of torque on gasoline). There is an optional 1.3-liter FIREFLY inline-four-cylinder that delivers 109 horsepower and 103 lb.-ft. of torque on ethanol (101 horsepower and 99 lb.-ft. of torque on gasoline). Currently, all Strada and 700 pickups are only available with a 5-speed manual transmission. But that may change very soon.
Our friends at Autos Segredos have spotted a couple of Strada prototype testing on public roads in Brazil featuring camouflaging across their dashboards and dark tinted windows. Their sources are indicating that the interior camouflage is hiding a new automatic gear selector for a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) from Aisin.
Autos Segredos has that the new CVT will feature a torque converter that will be the same configuration as what is found on the Brazilian-spec Toyota Yaris and features a 7-speed simulation.
Two models were spotted, one being the popular Strada Volcano model which currently sits as the top-tier model in the lineup. The other Strada caught, appears to be a new more premium Ranch model. Currently, the Ranch model on the larger Fiat Toro is a more premium model with chrome accents and a western interior theme. The Strada Ranch prototype featured 205/60 R15 Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires and 15-inch aluminum wheels and had sidesteps and mud flaps like those found on the Toro Ranch.
To see more photos of the new Toro Ranch prototype, you can visit the Autos Segredos site.