Published on December 8th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
Fiat Debuts Titano Midsize Pickup Truck In Algeria, Coming To Malaysia Next?
Will Stellantis bring the Fiat Titano to Malaysia since it is setting up shop here?
The all-new Fiat Titano midsize pickup has launched in Algeria and bears a close resemblance to the Peugeot Landtrek which will also be available in South America starting with Brazil. Each market will get a different engine, tailored to the specific needs of local customers, will Malaysia be one of these markets?
From the outside, it is hard to distinguish the Fiat Titano from its Peugeot twin. The only differences appear to be the emblems, the redesigned grille, the 18-inch alloy wheels, and the name on the tailgate which was inspired by Greek mythology (as with the unrelated Nissan Titan).
Moreover, the greenhouse and the profile are shared with the Kaicene F70 and Changan Lantazhe from China, which use the same ladder-frame underpinnings. As with its siblings, the Fiat is available in Single Cab and Double Cab versions, prioritising cargo area length or interior space respectively.
Measuring 5,331mm in length, the Fiat Titano is a tad longer than the Toyota Hilux and slightly shorter than the Ford Ranger making it ideal. For the Malaysian market. The interior is also largely similar to the Peugeot, aside from the Fiat emblem on the steering wheel.
According to Fiat, the Algerian-spec Fiat Titano is also focused on fuel efficiency and is fitted with a 1.9-litre diesel making 148hp and 350Nm of torque. The engine is exclusively mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, sending power to either the rear (4×2) or to all four wheels (4×4) with an electronic differential lock.
The tried-and-tested 2.2-liter Multijet II turbo diesel sounds like a good candidate for the Brazilian market though Fiat hasn’t confirmed this, and it makes 197hp and 440Nm of torque. While it hasn’t been confirmed, other markets could also get the 2.4 turbo petrol making 207hp and 320Nm of torque in the Peugeot Landtrek.
The Fiat Titano is already available in Algerian dealerships with prices ranging from 3,489,000 DA (about RM121,057) to 4,289,000 DA (around RM148,817) depending on the trim. Soon, Fiat is expected to launch the midsize pickup in other markets such as in South America and Africa.
With Stellantis already confirming that it will be returning to Malaysia, hopefully, the Fiat brand also makes a return to Malaysia starting with this Titano pickup truck since SUVs and pickup trucks are very popular here anyway. This would be the perfect “litmus test” for the brand to see if its other models will find success in our market.