Think every Fiat is small and cute? The upcoming Toro pickup will change your mind

Fiat Toro teaser
Fiat has published a dark teaser image that previews a new model called Toro, a word that means “bull” in Italian. As its name clearly implies, the Toro isn’t yet another a dainty city car inspired by the original, rear-engined 500. When it hits showrooms, it will earn the honor of being Fiat’s first-ever body-on-frame pickup truck.

Based on the Mitsubishi Triton, the Toro looks more rugged than any Fiat ever built before thanks to a tall front end, slender headlights and a hexagonal grille. The roof rack and the shapely lower bumper hint that the truck depicted in the teaser shot is a well-equipped model; more basic, work-oriented variants will look a lot less upscale.

Technical details have not been published yet, and it’s too early to tell if the Toro will use engines sourced from the Mitsubishi parts bin or if it will be fitted with Fiat-specific engines. If Fiat turns to Mitsubishi, the Toro will be available with three diesel-burning four-cylinders whose outputs will range from 128 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque to 181 hp and 317 lb-ft. of torque.

At least one gasoline-powered four-banger will be offered, though it will represent a small percentage of sales. Two- and four-wheel drive models will be available regardless of what lurks under the hood.

Fiat isn’t shy about admitting the Toro was designed primarily for Latin America, where pickups represent a relatively large portion of the new car market. The truck will go on sale in a handful of Latin American nations shortly after it makes its official debut later this year.

The Toro could eventually be sold in Europe, where it would fight head-to-head against the Volkswagen Amarok, the Toyota Hilux and the upcoming production version of the Renault Alaskan concept. However, the Turin-based company currently has no plans to sell the truck in the United States.


Don’t let the SUV bodies fool you, BMW’s X3 M and X4 M are bona fide M cars

BMW is launching the first M versions of its X3 and X4. The 2020 X3 M and X4 M Competition pack a new 503-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six and BMW’s usual array of performance tech.

The flat-six makes a brief but triumphant return in Porsche’s hot-rodded 718 duo

Porsche unveiled a pair of 718-based sports cars that brazenly buck the industry's downsizing trend. The 718 Cayman GT4 and the 718 Spyder ditch the turbocharged flat-four in favor of a naturally-aspirated, 4.0-liter flat-six rated at 414…

Fisker wants to make sure Tesla’s Model Y isn’t in a class of one when it lands

Fisker Inc. plans to launch an electric SUV with a base price of under $40,000, and a range of around 300 miles in 2021. The unnamed vehicle could compete with the Tesla Model Y, if it ever gets into production.

Kia draws inspiration from Greek mythology to create a crossover for millennials

Kia will expand its global portfolio of crossovers and SUVs when it unveils a model named Seltos on June 20, 2019. Developed for milennials, the Seltos is a small, high-tech model named after the son of Hercules.

Aston Martin will put its Valkyrie hybrid hypercar to the ultimate test

The Aston Martin Valkyrie will race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021. Aston Martin is taking advantage of new rules that encourage automakers to bring their fastest hypercars to the legendary French race.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Florida’s autonomous vehicle law, E3 updates, and more

On this episode of DT Live, we take a look at the biggest trending stories in tech, including Florida allowing fully autonomous vehicles on the road, Atari’s new gaming system, E3 updates, high-speed rail, and more.

It’s not easy being green. Why EVs have a long road to replace gas vehicles

Electric vehicles are all the rage right now, but are they really better than your average gas-powered car? We take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of the technology, and whether or not they're ready for mass adoption.

The best smart helmets are full of cool tech, and totally worth the messy hair

Helmets might be a haircut's worst nightmare, but they're constantly evolving, and have undergone a 21st-century makeover. No matter your sport, here are the best smart helmets currently on the market.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Plant-based shoes and a ukulele learning aid

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

After years of Le Mans misfortune, Toyota becomes impossible to beat

Toyota scored a one-two finish at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, its second win a row at the legendary French race. Toyota is the first Japanese automaker to win Le Mans twice, but its wins came without any real competition.

Uber drivers reportedly triggering higher fares through Surge Club

Uber drivers are reportedly participating in a so-called Surge Club to artificially trigger higher fares. Many drivers said that they do not want to join the shady practice, but they are forced to do so due to pay cuts.

Intel hates that your car is dumber than your phone. Here’s how they’ll fix it

Motorists are often underwhelmed and/or frustrated with their car's native infotainment system, so millions of them rely on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Intel is helping Google and Volvo change that by bringing phone-like tech to the…

Could a high-performance Nissan Leaf steal the mighty GT-R’s lunch money?

Nissan developed the electric Leaf with range and practicality in mind, but the hatchback could lend its hardware to a high-performance flagship. One of Nissan's chief executives announced a four-motor, 850-hp model could arrive during the…

Forget turrets. Hummer could fight its next war in the electric SUV segment

General Motors is considering resurrecting the Hummer brand it axed in 2010 to make electric off-roaders. The plan hasn't been approved yet, and it risks alienating some die-hard Hummer fans, but it makes sense on several levels.