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Fiat has a deal with Mitsubishi to sell an Italian-badged version of the latter’s Triton pick-up truck in place, but it seems like the Fiat Toro, officially teased last week, is not it.

These pics were reportedly taken at the FCA Group’s Pernambuco factory in Brazil. They show a smaller pick-up truck, and with lines that aren’t very Triton. It appears to be a smaller utility vehicle that’s popular in the continent, like the recently revealed Renault Duster Oroch.

Like that Duster with a bed, the Fiat Toro is said to be based on the Jeep Renegade (both Jeep and Fiat are stablemates under FCA of course), the small SUV built alongside platform-mate Fiat 500X. Word is that it will come with a 138 hp 1.8 litre petrol and a 170 hp 2.0 litre turbodiesel, with FWD and AWD options.

The Fiat Toro has a very unusual face with a strip of slim headlamps and grille sitting above a large gaping mouth with foglamps to match. Or are those the truck’s actual headlamps? The dark green unit is a higher-spec example with fog lamps, chrome treatment and silver skid plates.

The strange creature look continues at the back, which has a very tall tailgate that would be heavy to lower and lift. Fiat’s solution is barn-style doors like the Mini Clubman, last used on a truck in the early 2000s with the Lincoln Blackwood. The opening mechanism is under that massive Fiat logo. Renault’s Duster Oroch is much easier on the eye, for us.

Renault Duster Oroch