• Jul 6, 2009

Fiat Strada Cabine Dupla -- Click above for high-res image gallery

For European and South American markets, Fiat rolled out several versions of its Strada pickup last year. Now, the Italian company introduces a "dual cab" version with two extra back seats – but without two extra doors. Called the Cabine Dupla or Doble Cabina, it's almost as if our long-departed Subaru Brat lives on with a secret Italian identity... and without its four-wheel-drive. The Cabine Dupla has an electronic diff that ought to be passable when things get a little dirty. Our question is: Could this be a future Dodge?





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      • 5 Years Ago
      The thing is, this ancient design is being taken seriously (albeit dismissively), as being some kind of realistic option for the US. Just shows how out of touch the US car buying public is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tone down the styling, give it a CRD and one of the new Phoenix V6es and you've got a new Rampage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Needs more plastic bits.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Powertrain by Fiat.

      Design by Husqvarna.
      • 5 Years Ago
      chill , guys ,this is not meant for the US . i think it looks good for what it is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks awfully busy with all those plastic add-ons. It also looks like they stole the front end from VW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, what a cute, widdle baby Avalanche!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love one of these! Let's hope it comes to America!
      • 5 Years Ago
      For European and South American markets, Fiat rolled out several versions of its Strada pickup last year. http://www.discount-laptop-battery.co.uk/dell-8n544.htm Now, the Italian company introduces a "dual cab" version with two extra back seats – but without two extra doors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brat 3.0!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the poor selling Subaru Baja. No thanks...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny, I wish I could get ahold of a Baja.

        They barely sold from the dealership... but try finding one on the used market.

        Those who own them will LAUGH in your face if you offer to buy it.

        Personally, I wish Subaru would re-visit the issue, outfit the new Forester with the 3.6 H6, 5-speed automatic with Variable Torque Distribution, and good brakes, either from Tribeca, Legacy GT, or other with good sized rotors... fortify the rear unibody floor rails, and the ability to have a class III hitch (500/5000lb tongue/trailer weight)... and chop the rear roof off, with a tailgate and mid-gate... and make a new Baja from the Forester, rather than the tall-car Outback.

        The Outback at least has, and has had for some time, 6-cylinder optional engines... even in the same 2000-2004 Outback bodystyle as the Baja continued to use... yet Baja never got H6 power/torque. Turbo is good, but it is not the same. I now own both a turbo subaru, and an H6 subaru, and the off-idle torque of the H6 is not comparable, but then neither is the force-fed top end of the turbo.

        Which sounds better for a little utility truck or SUV, though? Which one did Baja and Forester actually get? Don't get me wrong, Turbo Foresters sound like a lot of fun... but a 6-cyl 5EAT Forester/Baja sounds much more useful for SUV/SUT duty.

        Subaru under-delivered the Baja, on an outdated chassis, and when it didn't sell all that well at the price they asked... they took it incorrectly as a failure of the genre, rather than a failure of the specific execution.

        Subaru could do it again, and better than this Fiat, and they could sell it in markets around the world, as well as value-conscious American buyers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Boxer, we can only hope that Subie noticed the ruling a few weeks back in Europe invalidating MB patents on the urea injection for diesels. Hopefully there will be a lawsuit in the states to do the same, as this would mean the price of adding a urea system would drop significantly. The recent statements from Subie seem to indicate they're bringing a new engine next year, perhaps smaller to dodge the injection altogether?

        http://www.autobloggreen.com/2009/06/22/daimler-loses-european-urea-injection-patent-us-could-be-next/
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought Italians were supposed to be known for their aesthetic sensibilities?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're also occasionally known for being brash enough to over-style, this apparently being the case here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe, but I don't see much "style" here in the first place with which to "over-style". It reminds me of something from a Chinese make or Ssangyong.
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