The Italian company, Fiat, is the next manufacturer to focus on the coupe crossover segment. At the Sao Paulo show in Brazil, the local brand representation presented the concept Fiat Fastback, which will become a model in 2020.
So far, such cars have been offered only by premium-car makers. The segment was created by BMW with X6, and Mercedes-Benz responded with its GLE Coupe. They were followed by other models of the two brands, including Audi.
Gradually, however, mass brands began to enter this class. In the summer, Renault presented Arkana, and in the autumn also debuted the Skoda Kodiaq GT. Now comes Fiat, which also wants to develop car in this segment. Fiat Fastback is somewhat reminiscent of the Fiat Toro pickup, which is built on the Fiat 500X crossover platform.
The conceptual model has cameras instead of standard mirrors, missing door handles. In the serial version, however, these items are likely to drop out and be replaced by traditional ones. The Italians are betting on several touch-screen and projection displays, but things are likely to be simplified with the option that will be available on the market.
So far there is no clarity about the engines to be cross-coupled. They are expected to come from the Toro pickup truck. This will be EtorQ 1.8 Flex (140 hp), which works on bio-ethanol and gasoline. It combines with a 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission. There is also a 2.0-liter MultiJet II (170 hp) turbocharged version with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 9-speed ZF. The drive can be both front and all four wheels.