FIAT Adds More Capability To Its Popular Diesel Toro Compact Pickup For 2022!

Come On Stellantis! We Want One!

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.).

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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.

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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!

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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I like the idea of bringing the Toro here. Would a diesel option even be popular enough for acceptance in the US? The cost of emissions compliance will probably exceed that of the hybrid technology already available in the SUSW based Jeeps. (Those particular Jeep models aren't sold here either.)

I am more curious about the Project 291/Ram 1200 pickup. (We Have More Details On Ram's Upcoming Midsized Pickup For Latin America!)
I don't know how popular the Ford Maverick is because of the chip shortage restricting availability. I have had a very brief time behind the wheel. I like the Maverick and wish to see Ram offer something similar north of the Rio Grande. The Mopar Insiders article even mentions a turbocharged version of the 2 liter Tigershark. Instead of a diesel, I would prefer that engine with the 7 speed hybrid dual clutch transmission the other SUSW vehicles offer if sold here.

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