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Old 07-08-2020, 11:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It's more likely to be closer in size to the Fiat Toro/RAM 1000 than to the Fiat Strada/RAM 700.
It is based on the Hyundai Sante Fe which has a 2,760 - 2865 mm wheelbase. (108.9 - 112.8 inches)

It should have the same powertrains - either a 2.4L making 185 hp or a 2.0L Turbo making 235 hp.

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Old 07-09-2020, 06:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It is based on the Hyundai Sante Fe which has a 2,760 - 2865 mm wheelbase. (108.9 - 112.8 inches)
So maybe it's going to be at least slightly larger than the Toro.
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It's been a while, and I am now seeing the new Strada on a regular basis. Looks good. Well, even though I don't hold my breath for it to become available in the United States due to the absence of any automatic transmission option, it's something to keep an eye.
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Ford is also bring back the Maverick name for a 4 door unibody truck based on the Escape platform. Interesting times.
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It's been rumored that a CVT will become available for the double-cab with the 1.3 GSE engine next year. If it also gets a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup similar to the 1.0 GSE fitted to the Fiat 500 in Europe, I would not be so surprised if it eventually gets to reach the American market. It's worth to notice the mild-hybrid 1.0 is naturally-aspirated but has the same 4 valves per cylinder and direct injection layout of the turbocharged versions of the GSE, while in Brazil both the 1.0 and 1.3 are only naturally-aspirarted at the moment and have 2 valves per cylinder and sequential port injection. Considering the port injection and 2 valves per cylinder would eventually be more suitable to such an utilitarian model (remember it's a serious workhorse in third-world countries, not a redneck Alfa Romeo or something like that), plus avoiding the need for a particle filter which is now fitted to most direct-injection gassers, even though I wouldn't hold my breath for the Fiat Strada/RAM 700 to become available in the Unites States and Canada so soon it doesn't sound impossible at all.
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Besides an eventual skepticism of some commercial operators regarding FWD trucks, and the Chicken Tax too, it's quite clear for me the most limiting factors for the Fiat Strada to reach the American market are the engine displacement and the absence of an automatic transmission (which is rumored to become an option in the next year). Its size is comparable to an old SWB Chevrolet S10, and even though it's slightly shorter overall it's a little wider. Presumably the transverse engine layout is a reason why its smaller lenght doesn't really harm the cargo capacity. And even though it's quite usual to see a Strada operating under harsh environmental conditions, the absence of a 4WD version might be an issue for the gas station cowboys.


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