Fiat has been caught testing a new tiny pickup truck.
There's a good chance you've never heard of the Fiat Mobi. Launched in 2016, the compact five-door hatchback is available exclusively in South America, so it's never been sold in North America. Now, Fiat is expanding the Mobi range with a new small pickup truck, which has been spotted doing some cold-weather testing by our spy photographers.
Essentially, Fiat has just added a truck bed to the current Mobi in a similar vein to the Fiesta-based Ford Courier in Latin America. The prototype is heavily camouflaged, preventing us from getting a close look at the design details.
Amusingly, the camouflage and thick body cladding give the tiny a truck a boxy shape that makes it look like an Italian Tesla Cybertruck. Obviously, the final production version will have a more traditional truck body when the camouflage comes off. The Fiat Mobi is the smallest car Fiat sells in South America, but the pickup truck version has a much longer wheelbase.
The Fiat Mobi pickup is expected to be based on an updated version of the platform underpinning the small Fiat Fiorino cargo van.
If this is the case, two engine options will be available: a naturally aspirated 1.4-liter four-cylinder unit with 88 horsepower and a turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder producing 109 hp. As for transmissions, the Fiat Fiorino is offered with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed semi-automatic.
In the South American market, the Fiat Mobi pickup is expected to launch in early 2020 as a more affordable alternative to the larger Fiat Toro, so it's surprising to see it still heavily camouflaged during testing. Whether the Fiat Mobi pickup launches in other markets remains to be seen but it seems unlikely, so don't expect it to come to the US. It's simply too small for the North American market.