11 September 2009

Fiat Qubo

Tough new Trekking version to join Fiat Qubo range

11 September 2009 - A rugged new version of the versatile Fiat Qubo range is gearing up for a UK introduction later this month, following its international public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. The Qubo Trekking not only looks tougher than the regular car, but drives tougher too, thanks to the addition of Traction+, a system that utilises an electronic differential lock to the front wheels to improve handling and control in mud, snow and other low-grip conditions.

Unlike most ordinary four-wheel drive systems, Traction+ does not have an impact on fuel economy or maintenance costs, and is designed to attract a much wider audience of motorists looking for an affordable off-road vehicle.

Fiat Qubo

The system works by braking the driven wheel with the lowest grip and transferring more torque to the other wheel, with the result that there is more grip to overcome slippery conditions.

There will be no mistaking the new Trekking version. It stands 20mm higher than the regular Qubo and comes as standard with sturdy features including front bumper with engine guard, exclusive wheel trims, Pirelli 2500 M&S (mud and snow) tyres and rear 'Trekking' stickers.

The Qubo range starts at £9,755 for the 1.4 Active. The new Trekking version costs £12,650 OTR.