New Fiat Ducato: More Value, More Efficiency and More Technology
Since the Fiat Ducato was launched in 1981, its sales have reached up to 2.6 million, not only in Europe but in the 80 international regions in which it is now on sale.
The new 2014 model brings a new exterior style and a sophisticated ‘car design’ to the light vehicle segment. Features to the exterior include new headlights with integrated daytime running lights, LED on Tecnico models, to the front and rear. Its been given a bold new grille design finished in “piano black or “chrome shadow”, depending on the model.
It has chunky new bumpers which come in four sections, helping to reduce running costs by allowing repairs to be carried out on damaged portions only. Fiat have also taken other measures to help reduce maintenance and repair bills which include headlamps located on sliding guides and a new single-piece bonnet that does away with separate plastic panels offering greater access to the engine compartment. The shape of the 2014 Ducato is designed to help reduce fuel bills – it offers class-leading aerodynamic efficiency, usually found to a mid-sized saloon than a commercial vehicle.
There are many other new features to the Ducato van, it has a new skid plate, available as an option with a black or aluminum finish, it has body-coloured bumpers and painted door handles, aswell as a new style wheel trim and alloy wheel designs, and the rear light clusters have been redesigned with double side lights.
The interior offers a attractive and comfortable, functional cabin environment. While some other vans on the market offer different interior variants the UK adopts the updated Techno cabin as standard across the range. Customers will benefit from a multi-adjustable seat, a new dashboard console , USB/AUX-in charging facilities for mobile devices.
The Ducato offers its passengers a double bench seat, which has a central backrest that folds down into a table, also included are convenient storage compartments under the passenger and driver seats. The crew cab van has a full bulkhead and forward facing seating for seven – four in the rear, three in the front this will also be available in the UK in the autumn.
The new version Ducato includes many advanced infotainment systems – Bluetooth technology, MP3 playback and a four-speaker audio system is now standard on all models the top of the range Tecnico model is equipped with FIATS new Uconnect this is a 5 inch colour touch screen system which integrates TomTom navigation with birds eye mapping, progressive route guidance and a ‘One-Step Voice Entry Destination’ function. It also has an advanced Bluetooth interface to access extra functions, such as phone call managment and reading recieved SMS text messages via test-to-speech technology. Also included in the Tecnico versions are remote steering wheel controls, DAB digital radio and a reversing camera, in combination with rear parking sensors.
Fiat Professional have reduced emissions and improved economy by 10 percent across the Euro 5+ engine range. All of the the Ducato models come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard with first-in-class efficiency figures with CO2 emissions for the entry-level 2.3 MultiJet II 110hp as low as 170g/km and an splendid fuel economy figure of 44.1 MPG on the NEDC cycle. Both the 2.3 MultiJet II 130, which produces 130hp and 320Nm, and the 2.3 litre MultiJet II 150, with 150hp and 350 Nm, return even better economy and emissions figures when equipped with optional Start&Stop – just 164g/km and 45.6 MPG for both engines! The powerful 3.0 MultiJet Power 180, with 180hp and 400Nm of torque, has CO2 emissions of 203g/km and returns 36.7 MPG on the NEDC cycle and, with any other FIAT Ducato model, it has 30,000 mile service intervals to help lower service bills and reduce time the vehicle spends off the road for maintenance.
The Ducato range starts at £19,995 – a small increase of £350 over the outgoing version given the new style, numerous improvements and a high level of content added to the new 2014 model. The Fiat Ducato chassis cab starts at £22,845.
Standard equipment on the 2014 FIAT Ducato includes:
- Speed block (56/62/70/81 MPH) set in workshop
- Full-size spare wheel
- Fixed Full Width Steel Bulkhead
- Updated dashboard
- Bluetooth hands-free connectivity
- 30W Audio system with MP3 playback and USB/AUX ports
- Driver’s seat armrest & lumbar support
- Dual passenger seat
- Servotronic power- assisted steering
- Remote central locking with deadlocks
- Electrically adjustable and heated mirrors
- Electric windows
- DRL (Daytime Running Lights)
- ESC (Electronic Stability Control) w/ Hill Holder, ROM, RMI, LAC, ASR, MSR & EBA
Customers looking at the high-specification Tecnio model will save almost £400 versus the current model, even though there has been an array of additional standard equipment added such as cruise control with a speed limiter, DAB Radio, advanced integrated TomTom satellite navigation, LED Daytime Running Lights, and a reversing camera – all of which represents an impressive £1,300 worth of added value.
The full equipment specification for the 2014 FIAT Ducato Tecnico is as follows:
- Special wheel trims
- Front fog lights
- Reversing camera
- Reverse parking sensors
- Cruise Control with Speed Limiter
- Uprated instrument panel
- LED DRL (Daytime Running Lights)
- Integrated TomTom satellite navigation with ‘One-Step Voice Entry Destination’
- U-Connect DAB Radio with 5” touchscreen, CD/USB/AUX
- Manual air conditioning
The new FIAT Ducato is available to order now with first deliveries expected to take place in July 2014.