Since the invention of larger-than-light and smaller-than-average pickups six years ago, Fiat Toro and Renault Oroch are the two most sold in Brazil. A new wave is about to arrive, but for now, this duo reigns supreme. Both have already undergone renovations and now face each other in a more balanced fight than when they were released.
Offered from R$ 137,100, in the version outsider
a Renault Oroch
received a series of changes and now has more breath to face the segment’s sales champion, Fiat Toro
which starts at R$141,651, but can reach at least R$167,659 in the Volcano 1.3 turboflex version, as the unit evaluated.
let’s start with oroch
, which received the latest news. The main one is due to the 1.3 turboflex engine
that takes the place of the 2.0 aspirated more efficiently and capable of giving breath and comfort to the truck of the Renault
along with the CVT automatic transmission, replacing the old-fashioned four-speed AL4.
It’s 170 hp and a good 27.5 kgfm of torque at a mere 1,600 rpm, which means, in practice, you’ll have more vigorous acceleration and enough power for quick and safe overtaking, always with very civilized noise levels. That is, the evolution in comparison with the Oroch 2.0
with a four-speed automatic transmission is quite significant, to the point of surpassing the performance of the bold rival of Fiat
THE Toro 1.3 turboflex
continues to be the reference in the segment, but ended up being a little behind the competitor of Renault
in terms of acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (9.8 s for Oroch versus 10.7 s for Toro) and consumption, as we will see below.
According to Inmetro, the model of Renault
produces 7.4 km/l of ethanol in the city and 7.8 km/l on the highway, compared to just 6.6 km/l and 8 km/l for the truck from Fiat
. With gasoline, the advantage of the French brand utility continues, with 10.5 km/l on the road and 11 km/l, against 9.5 km/l and 12.2 km/l for the bull
, respectively. In urban stretches, the Start&Stop system by oroch
helps to reduce consumption.
But it’s not all about performance and consumption, because the differences between the average two pickups in these two aspects are small and the oroch
It has a smaller tank of 45 liters (compared to the Toro’s 55 liters), which leads to a lower range (495 on the road, with gasoline, against 616 km for the rival of Fiat
The Toro has greater ground clearance to face obstacles along the way (25.1 cm versus the Oroch’s 21.2 cm). And only the Italian brand’s model can come with 18-inch wheels, compared to the rival’s 16-inch wheels. In addition, the Fiat model may come with a number of other items that Renault does not even have as an option.
The list is long and includes side and curtain airbags, headlights with LED lamps, tire pressure monitoring, sensors in the front bumper, steering wheel with depth adjustment
in addition to a split and folding rear seat, among other more sophisticated equipment, including an undue lane change alert.
It’s inside the pickup truck. Renault
The biggest changes of the 2023 line can be noticed, with a digital speedometer from the Captur and multimedia center with a floating type screen (8 inches) in the middle of the panel, digital air conditioning in the top-of-the-line version outsider
but even so, it is not as modern as the Toro, which can come with internet on board, functions controlled by a cell phone application and a 10.1-inch vertical screen in the Volcano version.
the renewal of Renault Oroch
is commendable and positive, but the pickup of the French brand has not yet reached the same level as the Fiat Toro
which is also more spacious, both inside and out, with almost three meters of wheelbase, compared to 2.83 for the rival, which affects the distance between the knees of those sitting in the back and the backs of the front seats. In the Toro bucket, there are 937 liters and in the Oroch, only 683 liters.
In between torus and oroch
, even with the novelties in the pickup of the French brand, the first ends up winning. But the difference between the two has diminished even by the price of the Renault
which ended up being attractive and with a good cost-benefit ratio.
However, the model life of the Fiat
It won’t be easy going forward. A number of competitors are on the way. One of them is the Chevrolet Montana, which is scheduled for release in 2023.
Also expected is the model of Caoa Chery, which will be based on the Tiggo 7 Pro . And the VW
still have plans to launch the Tarok
but the project is still shelved and should not get off the ground anytime soon after the recent announcement that it will only make a renewed version of the Amarok in Argentina, not to mention no new models.
Fiat Toro Volcano T270
Price: from BRL 141,651
Engine: 1.3, four-cylinder, turboflex
Power: 180 hp (E) / 185 hp (G) at 5,750 rpm
Torque: 27.5 kgfm at 1,750 rpm
Transmission: Automatic, six-speed, front-wheel drive
Suspension: Independent, McPherson (front) / multi-link (rear)
Brakes: Vented discs (front) / drum (rear)
Tires: 225/60 R18
Dimensions: 4.95 m (length) / 1.85 m (width) / 1.74 m (height), 2.99 m (wheelbase)
Tank: 55 liters
Bucket: 937 liters
Gasoline consumption: 10.7 km/l (city) / 9.7.4 km/l (road) with gasoline
0 to 100 km/h: 10.7 seconds
Max speed: 201 km/h
Renault Oroch 1.3 Outsider
Price: from BRL 137,100
Engine: 1.3, four-cylinder, turbo, flex
Power: 162 hp (G) / 170 hp (E) at 5,500 rpm
Torque: 27.5 kgfm at 1,600 rpm
Transmission: Automatic, CVT, front-wheel drive
Suspension: Independent, McPherson (front) / struts (rear)
Brakes: Vented discs (front) / drum (rear)
Tires: 216/65 R16
Dimensions: 4.72 m (length) / 1.63 m (width) / 1.83 m (height), 2.83 m (wheelbase)
Tank: 45 liters
Bucket: 683 liters
Consumption: 10.5 km/l (city) / 11 km/l (road) with gasoline
0 to 100 km/h: 9.8 seconds
Max speed: 189 km/h