The latest evolution of the Fiat Ducato has arrived in Australia.
The new exterior style brings sophisticated ‘car design’ to the light commercial vehicle segment, conveying a strong sense of dynamism, quality, safety and robustness. The all-new front end features new Daytime Running Lights with optional LEDs and a bold new grille design, as well as a new three-part front bumper which helps to reduce repair costs.
Inside, the new Fiat Ducato offers a comfortable, attractive and superbly functional cabin environment. New seats offer car-like comfort levels across the range, while technology upgrades, like the new five-inch colour touchscreen infotainment unit, offer new levels of useability.
The heavy-duty, 3.0 MultiJet diesel generates 130kW@3500rpm and 400Nm@1400rpm, has CO2 emissions of 203g/km, and sips as low as 7.2 litres per hundred kilometres. Further cost-saves are offered with the Ducato’s 48,000km service intervals.
The new Ducato is available with gross vehicle weight configurations of between 3510kg and 4005kg and is available with three different wheelbases, four different lengths, two heights and maximum payloads that range from 1560kg to 2110kg – ensuring there’s a new Ducato to fufill every need.
The new Ducato is available with a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed Comfort-Matic transmission (standard on ‘Long’ and ‘Extra Long’ wheelbase versions). Further improvements to efficiency and running costs have been gained by working on kerb weight reduction and increased payload through, for example, the use of composite materials in the rear suspension.
All versions continue to offer an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system as standard, but it now integrates a Rollover Mitigation System to increase comfort and protect the load from unexpected motion, in conjunction with Load and Centre of Gravity Detection (LAC), Hill Holder, Anti-Slip (ASR) and Electronic Braking Assistance (EBA) systems.
Dual-mode Servotronic power steering continues to be offered as standard, while further driving assistance systems are available on request, such as Traction+ (complete with Hill Descent Control) and a Lane Departure Warning system with high-beam recognition The new Ducato also offers Bluetooth and MP3 playback and a five-inch colour touchscreen with optional reversing camera.