As we head towards the start of the CV Show on 26 April no fewer than three popular manufacturers have released details of new and updates pickup truck models.
Fiat joins the party
First up is Fiat Professional (the firm’s CV arm) which plans to give the FIAT Fullback pickup truck its UK debut at the CV Show next week.
The Fullback is an all-new model for Fiat and is the firm’s first foray into the one-tonne pickup market.
However, it’s not a new vehicle. As I’ve reported before, this is a rebadged Mitsubishi L200 — one of the most popular pickup models on the market.
The Fullback will be available in a double cab body style and will be powered by the L200’s usual 2.4-litre, aluminium turbo-diesel engine. There will be a choice of 150hp and 180hp output levels, along with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed auto transmissions. Naturally all models will have full four-wheel drive.
Volkswagen teases with Amarok facelift
The Volkswagen Amarok is already one of the more upmarket pickup models available in the UK, but the facelifted version that’s due to hit UK showrooms before the end of the year will aim to strengthen the marque’s position at the upper end of the market.
Volkswagen has just released the first pictures showing how the updated Amarok will look. VW says it is targeting premium buyers with “A more athletic front and a modified instrument panel”.
The new model will be 5.25m long and 2.23m wide, including mirrors. That’s almost identical to the current model. However, VW says that the curves of the current model will “give way to horizontal and vertical lines”. I suspect it will look more chunky and macho. Here’s how the new model may look:
Just for comparison, here’s how the current model looks:
Isuzu’s Double D-Max presentation
Isuzu is planning to give its Isuzu D-Max Centurion model its show debut at the CV Show, although this version has actually been on sale since April. The D-Max Centurion is a limited edition model that includes over £11,000-worth of accessories. It celebrates the Japanese manufacturer’s 100 years of vehicle production and is limited to a run of just 100 examples.
Isuzu will also unveil another new D-Max model at the CV Show. No pictures yet as this is going to be a show surprise…