Sometimes the wait is worth it. That can be said of the Fiat Strada, which after 24 years has a completely renewed new generation. To Argentina comes from Brazil with two types of bodywork: Cabin Plus, two-seater; Y Double Cabin, five-seater.
The key to the profound modifications of this compact pick-up is the MPP platform, which gave it greater strength and structural durability and allowed to renew the entire suspension.
Here it is sold in three versions: Endurance (cabin plus alternative), Freedom y V, which was the one that tested Automundo. Although it is inspired by the multi-award winning Fiat toro, the new generation of the Strada has its own identity developed in the FCA Latam Design Center, in the Brazilian city of Betim.
His strong presence is marked by a front high which includes an imposing grill with the brand's logo in the center and the elegant Fiat Flag. The Tapered LED headlights with DRL lights (Daytime Running Light).
The soil clearance of 191 mm is superior to the previous generation; while the angles of entry (up to 24 °) and exit (up to 28 °) are among the best in the category.
The load capacity is 650 kg in the five-occupant version and 720 kg in single cab configuration. The tailgate is much more robust and supports up to 400 kg weight. In addition, it is cushioned, which facilitates its opening and closing.
The interior is spacious. The driver's seat and the steering wheel are height-adjustable, although the seat remains slightly elevated even in the lowest position. The instrument cluster is small, but easy to read. It has a speedometer, lap counter and fuel. In addition, in the middle, it has a display that provides more information.
It has a new Uconnect multimedia hub with a seven-inch touchscreen that can be linked with Apple CarPlay, through the cable; Y Android Auto, wirelessly. The system allows you to connect up to two smartphones.
La touch screen is customizable and allows you to view all the vehicle's functions and other useful information. It supports multiple connections via Bluetooth, has a computer on board and also a second USB port available for passengers.
The cabin increased number of storage compartments by 30%, which now add up to 15 liters of useful space for the most varied uses.
Another item in which the New Strada improves is in the air conditioning system It provides a uniform cooling system for all occupants.
Visibility is generally good. Looking back in the rear view mirror is a bit uncomfortable due to the bars coming down from the box. However, the rear sensors and the reverse camera they serve to compensate for that detail.
The rear seats, which now have their own doors unlike the previous generation, it is fair for passengers who measure more than 1,75. The backrest is too straight and the base is too low.
Regarding the mechanics, the Endurance and Freedom versions are equipped with the 1.4 Fire 85 hp engine at 5.750 rpm and a torque of 121 Nm to 3.500 rpm. While the Volcano has a 1.3 Firefly 99 hp engine at 6.000 rpm and a torque of 204 Nm to 3.500 rpm.
All are gasoline and have a five-speed manual transmission. Remember that Fiat reserves the diesel engines, the all-wheel drive and the automatic transmission for the Toro.
The new Strada features Stability control, hill start assistant y advanced traction control with E-Locker to solve minor situations on slippery terrain. This function is automatically deactivated after the 65 km / h.
In the security aspect double cab versions include four airbags as standard; while the Cabina Plus only two. The Front seat belts feature pretensioners and load limiters, and the seats are designed to protect occupants from the whiplash effect in the event of accidents.
For the best child protection, it has Isofix system complemented by an upper anchor that prevents the seat from rotating.
It should be noted that its entire frontal area received special protection for pedestrians. In this way, in the event of an impact, the individual will be protected in the lower and upper parts of the legs, as well as in the head, if it cushions against the hood.
Your warranty of three years or 100 kilometers.
PERFORMANCE NEW FIAT STRADA VOLCANO
- Acceleration 0 to 100 km / h: 13,4 seconds.
- Acceleration 80 to 120 km / h (5 °): 16,4 seconds
- Acceleration 80 to 120 km / h (4 °): 11,3 seconds
- Acceleration 80 to 120 km / h (3 °): 10,4 seconds
- Urban Consumption: 9,6 L / 100 km
- Consumption in uta at 120 km / h: 8,05 L / 100 km