The FIAT brand has made its Fiat Toro compact pickup even more capable and efficient for the 2022 model year. The Toro has become a sales phenomenon since its launch, almost 6 years ago, the Toro has become more economical in all its versions and can carry even more cargo on turbodiesel models.
Configurations that are equipped with the 2.0-liter Multijet II turbodiesel four-cylinder already had a best-in-class payload capacity in the segment. But now, the 2022 Fiat Toro turbodiesel models can carry up to 1,010 kg (2,226 lbs.), which is about 300 kg (662 lbs.) more than Ford’s all-new Maverick compact pickup. That is also more payload than a 2011 Dodge Dakota, which had a payload of 816 kg (1,799 lbs.).
The 2.0-liter Multijet II turbodiesel was updated to meet Brazil’s new Proconve-L7 emissions legislation and received a urea injection system for emissions control. The Multijet II turbodiesel is mated to a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission and is good for 170 horsepower and 350 Nm (258 ft.-lbs.) of torque. The Arla 32 (DEF) tank has a capacity of 13 liters (3.4 gallons) and has a range of up to 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles).
The new urea injection system did not impact the size of the diesel fuel tank, which remains at 60 liters (15.8 gallons) and allows for a range of over 760 kilometers (472 miles). The turbodiesel also allows the Toro to run up to 12.7 kilometers on 1 liter of fuel (equivalent to 29.8 mpg or 7.87 L/100 km).
While those numbers are stellar, all 2.0-liter Multijet II turbodiesel-powered Toro pickups come standard with four-wheel-drive (4×4). The diesel models also come standard with hill-descent control (HDC), a crankcase protector, and an integrated front bumper skid plate.
In our opinion, we would rather see a pickup like the compact Toro turbodiesel come to the North American marketplace than a full-size electric pickup. With a minimal electric vehicle charging network across the United States and across the plains of Canada, a 30 mpg or 7.84 L/100 km compact pickup with 4×4 pickup would be a great product offering from an American automaker (as the Fiat Toro is offered in multiple Latin American countries as the Ram 1000).
Are you listening Stellantis? Ford and Hyundai might be on to something and considering the Maverick is sold out for 2022, it shows that not everyone is looking for a big electric pickup!