We’re surprised it hasn’t been launched already, the Fiat Toro pick-up truck. Official images of the light truck for South America were released in October last year, and it starred in a Star Wars-themed promo video in December 2015. The time is now apparently – the Toro will be officially launched in Brazil this month.

UPDATE: The Fiat Toro has gone on sale in Brazil, priced from R$76,500 (RM80k). Gallery below.

Paving the way for the launch is this video by Fiat, showing the Toro’s exterior details. We get close-ups of the truck’s lines, lamps at both ends and their LED signatures, wheels, ‘4X4 Diesel’ emblem and the truck’s unique side-hinged barn-style tailgate, which is unified by a large Fiat logo. It’s a unique-looking machine that will fall either in the love or hate category.

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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. There’s enough space for five occupants “with the comfort of a luxury car,” Fiat claims.

The truck 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.

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 auto – the latter only in conjunction with 4WD.

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.