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The striptease for Fiat’s new South American light truck continues. This time, the Italian brand has released an official image of the Fiat Toro’s rear end. We’ve previously seen the Toro’s bold front end and spyshots of the truck’s rear. It is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2016.

The Toro is a double-cab pick-up truck measuring 4,915 mm long (shorter than the trucks we know) with a one-tonne payload, accessible via a unique barn-style tailgate that splits open in the middle, Mini Clubman style. There’s enough space for five occupants “with the comfort of a luxury car,” Fiat claims.

The Toro is based on the underpinnings of FCA family member Jeep Renegade, which is also made in Brazil. The compact Jeep’s wheelbase has been extended for the Toro, which means that unlike regular ladder frame trucks like the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton, this is a truck with unitary construction and fully independent suspension.

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Brazilians can choose from a 1.8 litre E.torQ flex fuel (ethanol-petrol) engine with 138 hp or a 2.0 litre Multijet turbodiesel with 170 hp. The former is paired to a six-speed automatic and is FWD only, while the diesel engine gets either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic gearbox – the latter only in conjunction with 4WD. Note the “AT9” and “4X4” badging on the range-topper above.

The Fiat Toro is expected to feature the latest iteration of the uConnect infotainment system with a five-inch touchscreen display screen, GPS navigation, a reverse camera and Bluetooth connectivity. Higher spec variants should also get an electric sunroof, part leather, automatic xenons, an upgraded sound system as well as rain-sensing wipers.

Expected equipment on the flagship model are 18-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, off-road suspension, Hill Descent Control, LED DRLs and chrome trimmings.