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FIAT Brazil Launches It’s Updated Toro Pickup For 2022 Model Year:

Better Looks, More Content, & Better Performance...

As the pickup market continues to grow at a rapid rate in Brazil, the FIAT brand has become the truck leader in the country. With 55.1% of the country’s marketshare in the pickup segment, the Italian brand has found success with its subcompact Fiat Strada pickup, which is the best-selling vehicle in the country. The second best-selling pickup, it the larger Toro pickup. Since it was launched in 2016, the Toro has sold over 300,000 units and continues to be a popular option across Latin America, even under the RAM banner where it is marketed as the Ram 1000.

2022 Fiat Toro Ultra TurboDiesel AT9 4×4. (FIAT Brazil).

For 2022, the Toro has undergoes its first heavy refresh of the current vehicle. The 2022 model has been reworked in four different categories: Design, Performance, Connectivity, and Technology.

Design:

The 2022 Fiat Toro ditches it’s awkward grille design and instead takes a page from the RAM playbook by offering different grille designs for various trim-levels, giving each trim its own unique character. Each grille design features bold F-I-A-T text across the center of the grille and new FIAT flag in the bottom corner of the grille.

2022 Fiat Toro Ranch TurboDiesel AT9 4×4. (FIAT Brazil).

The grille redesign was just the first step. The FIAT design team led by Ralph Gilles, also redesigned the hood, front fascia, updated the exterior lighting to LED, and designed a whole new series of wheels for the 2022 model.

Inside the Toro, is where most of the change was focused. Using inspiration from the Ram 1500, a completely redesigned interior welcomes the latest technology.

2022 Fiat Toro Ranch TurboDiesel AT9 4×4. (FIAT Brazil).

A new 7-inch full-digital cluster screen is standard across the lineup.  The digital cluster will offer three different viewing profiles and make it possible to display various vehicle information such as vehicle status, instructions, alerts, Trip settings, performance settings (for those models with the new turbocharged 1.3-liter engine) that includes horsepower, torque, boost, and G-force information, as well as information on the new Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). There will also exclusive screens with specific colors and unique fonts for 4×4 and Sport functions.

2022 Fiat Toro Ultra TurboDiesel AT9 4×4. (FIAT Brazil).

There also the addition of a new 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen which will available on Ranch and Ultra models. The 10.1-inch Uconnect system is displayed vertically, similar to the Ram 1500’s 12-inch display. The new information system joins the standard 8.4-inch Uconnect 5 system that made its debut this past year on the Toro. There is also now in-vehicle WiFi made possible by the partnership with TIM Brasil, a leader in 4G coverage and with the largest Internet of Things (IoT) network in the country.

Performance:

While the old 1.8-liter E.torQ inline-four-cylinder returns to the lineup, however, it’s limited to the entry-level Endurance trim. The 1.8-liter is flex-fuel capable and produces 139 horsepower and 19.2 kgfm (139 ft.-lbs.) of torque on ethanol and 135 horsepower and 18.7 kgfm (135 ft.-lbs.) on gasoline. the E.torQ offering can be paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2022 Fiat Toro Volcano Turbo AT6. (FIAT Brazil).

The biggest change to the 2022 Fiat Toro for performance, is the addition of the turbocharged 1.3-liter ‘Firefly’ inline-four-cylinder, which is from the Global Small Engine (GSE) family and is available in the Renegade, Compass, and 500X crossover, all of which share the same Small Wide 4×4 architecture as the Toro. The new turbo engine also has flex-fuel capability and produces 185 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 270 Nm (200 ft.-lbs.) of torque on ethanol. The engine loses about 5 horsepower when ran with gasoline.

The turbocharged 1.3-liter comes mated to a 6-speed automatic from Aisin, which has some updates with a new “neutral function”, which automatically puts the transmission in the Neutral (N) position when the vehicle stops in Drive (D) according to our friends at Auto Segredos. This new function reduces engine vibrations, as well as increase fuel economy.

There is also an optional 2.0-liter Multijet II turbo-diesel four-cylinder mated to a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic. The diesel models add four-wheel-drive (4×4), hill descent control (HDC), a crankcase protector, and an integrated front bumper skid plate. The 2.0-liter delivers 170 horsepower and 35.7 kgfm (258 ft.-lbs) of torque.

The 2.0-liter turbo-diesel is available across the lineup for 2022.

Technology:

The new 2022 Fiat Toro introduces a number of new technologies to the lineup. New ADAS with autonomous emergency braking, lane depature warning and automatic headlight switching, driver assistance equipment that offers more driving comfort and, mainly, safety for the driver and passengers. We mentioned the addition of new LED headlamps, which improve headlight performance by 30%.

2022 Fiat Toro Volcano Turbo AT6. (FIAT Brazil).

According to our friends at Auto Segredos, the turbocharged 4×2 models will get the same TC+ system that debuted on the smaller Strada. The function works similar to a wheel locker system, but is performance electonically by the electronic stability control (ESC) system. The system is active when one wheel loses grip, the ESC will brake the wheel that is sliding and transfer the torque to the other wheel, allowing the vehicle to gain traction.

Mopar Accessories:

2022 Fiat Toro Ultra TurboDiesel AT9 4×4. (FIAT Brazil).

The 2022 Fiat Toro will be joined by additional Mopar accessories. Mopar has introduced new running boards, new sports bar (santoantonio), and even an aluminum tonneau cover which can be electrically driven. The products will be available upon the launch of the Toro on May 15th and available at 520 dealers across Brazil.

Lineup:

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  • Endurance 1.8 AT6 – R $ 114,590 (or about $20,970 USD) –
    • 7-inch Full-Digital Cluster
    • TC + (Electronic Locker)
    • Tire Pressure Monitor (iTPMS)
    • Side & Curtain Airbags
    • Front USB (Type A & C)
    • Rear USB
    • 7-inch Uconnect Touchscreen
    • Electric Mirrors with Tilt Down Function
    • Audio Controls on Steering Wheel
    • Air Conditioning
    • Electric Steering
    • Power Windows & Locks
    • Rear Defroster
    • Adjustable Driver’s Seat
    • Cruise Control
    • Isofix System
    • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)
    • Rear Parking Sensors
    • Electonic Stability, Traction Control, Hill-Holder
    • Bedliner
    • 16-inch ‘Superspoke’ Aluminum Wheels
    • Bed Light
    • LED Taillights
  • Endurance 1.3 Turbo AT6 – R $ 119,590 (or about $21,885) – 
    • Same Standard Options as the Endurance 1.8 AT6
    • Turbocharged 1.3-liter Inline-Four-Cylinder
  • Endurance TurboDiesel AT9 4×4 – R $ 152,990 (or about $27,998) – 
    • Same Standard Options as the Endurance 1.8 AT6
    • 2.0-liter Multijet II Turbo-Diesel
    • ESC Off (4×4 Low)
    • 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
    • 4×4 Traction with Electronic Selector
    • Electronic Hill Descent Control
    • Crankcase Protector

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  • Freedom Turbo AT6 – R $ 131,890 (or about $24,136 USD) – 
    • Endurance Standard Features Plus…
    • 8.4-inch Uconnect 5 Infotainment Touchscreen
    • Paddle Shifters
    • Reverse Camera
    • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
    • Dual-Zone Climate Control
    • Sunshade with Lighting
    • Front Armrest
    • Full LED Headlamps
    • LED Fog Lights
    • 17-inch aluminum wheels
    • Body-Colored Door Handles and Mirrors
  • Freedom TurboDiesel AT9 4×4 – R $ 164,390 (or about $30,084 USD) –
    • Same Standard Options as the Freedom Turbo AT6
    • 2.0-liter Multijet II Turbo-Diesel
    • ESC Off (4×4 Low)
    • 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
    • 4×4 Traction with Electronic Selector
    • Electronic Hill Descent Control
    • Crankcase Protector

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  • Volcano Turbo AT6 – R $ 144,990 (or about $26,534 USD) –
    • Freedom Standard Features Plus…
    • Front Parking Sensors
    • TBM + Navigation (Connectivity)
    • Wireless Phone Charger
    • Knee Airbag
    • 18-inch aluminum wheels
    • Leather Seats
    • “High-Tech” Package
    • Rearview Mirrors with Automatic Tilt-Down & Puddle Lights
    • Rear Arm Rest
    • Keyless Enter N’ Go
    • Electric Adjusting Seats
    • Chrome Door Handles and Window Frames
  • Volcano TurboDiesel AT9 – R $ 177,990 (or about $32,573 USD) –
    • Same Standard Options as the Volcano Turbo AT6
    • 2.0-liter Multijet II Turbo-Diesel
    • ESC Off (4×4 Low)
    • 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
    • 4×4 Traction with Electronic Selector
    • Electronic Hill Descent Control
    • Crankcase Protector

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  • Ranch TurboDiesel AT9 4×4 – R $ 185,490 (or about $33,945 USD) –
    • Volcano Standard Features Plus…
    • 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 Infotainment Screen
    • Unique Chrome Grille
    • Chrome Exterior Mirrors
    • Chrome Protection Bar
    • Chrome-Plated Sports Bar (Saintantonio)
    • Chrome Running Boards
    • ADAS Functions –
      • Autonomous Emergency Braking
      • Lane Departure Warning
      • Automatic Headlights
    • Brown Leather Seats
    • Front Door Badges
    • Dark Interior Finishes
    • Dark Exterior Finishes
    • Brown Carpeting
    • “Ranch” Themed Instrument Cluster
    • Carpet Rugs with Embroidery

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  • Ultra TurboDiesel AT9 4×4 – R $ 187,490 (or about $34,311 USD) –
    • Ranch Standard Features Plus…
    • Unique Grille
    • Tonneau Cover
    • Cargo Bag
    • Intregrated Sports Bar (Saintantonio)
    • Black Running Boards
    • 17-inch aluminum wheels
    • All-Terrain Tires with White Lettering
    • Leather Seats with Red Accents
    • Exterior Door Badge
    • Dark Interior Finishes
    • Dark Exterior Finishes
    • Body-Color Door Handles
    • “Ultra” Logo Embroidery On Front Seats
    • “Ultra” Themed
    • Instrument Cluster
    • Carpet Rugs with Embroidery

So what do you think of the new 2022 Fiat Toro? Would you like to see Stellantis bring such a truck to North America to take on the new Hyundai Santa Cruz and the upcoming Ford Maverick? Let us know in the comments below, or in the MoparInsiders.com forums.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-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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From a global business perspective the growth and subsequent investment and apparent success in the truck market in Latin America is good news. It is satisfying to see the high level of engineering and manufacturing skill being show in this region by management and employees alike, impressive. It is also clear that a global business must be diverse in product that reflects the wants and needs of different geographic, economic and cultural regions, as clearly, “one size does not fit all” . Just as conslolidation and the elimination of duplication are axioms of modern global corporations, that very globalism also demands diversity in product. Considering this reality, the challenge is still consolidation and testing markets to accept new product. Bottom line, should Ram introduce these trucks in North America in hopes of creating a new attitude with buyers or just stay pat?
I would give the Toro, with some updates to better align with American tastes, a shot in our market. After all, the Ram City seems out of sync with many preceived van customers, but it is doing fairly well. Does Ram risk it with a “soft truck”? The global business model says yes, will North American buyers agree?

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Bill, you read my mind. I was thinking of a slight widening and give it some of the 1500's interior flair with contemporary touches for city dwellers. They could simply scale down the design of the 2006 Rampage concept. It would be a perfect compliment to the 1500 as the entry level compact, especially with Hyundai's Santa Cruz and Ford's Maverick on the way until they create a Dakota.

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