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New Ducato auto will be a ‘game changer’

More safety technology incorporated as Fiat Professional rolls out new range

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Fiat Professional

New Ducato auto will be a ‘game changer’

More safety technology incorporated as Fiat Professional rolls out new range

Fiat Professional has launched its new Ducato range of vans, offering greater efficiency and more safety technology than ever.


The vehicle, which is the best-selling van in 12 European countries, will also be available with an advanced nine-speed automatic gearbox for the first time.


This will be a ‘game-changer’ for the range in the UK, says Richard Chamberlain, country manager of Fiat Professional, as increasing numbers of organisations are looking to procure LCVs fitted with automatic transmissions.

Ducato will also be available as a fully-electric vehicle (see panel below) – Fiat Professional’s first electric model.


Alongside these new technologies, Ducato retains all its traditional strengths – versatility, low cost of ownership, the most extensive choice of wheelbase and height variants, as well as its payload, volume and axle loads which are record-breaking among front-wheel drive vehicles.


Here, we look at some of the new features which keep the MY2020 Ducato at the top of its class:

Engines

Ducato is the only model in its category to be fitted with an industrially-derived diesel engine, guaranteeing the performance and comfort levels of a car.

All models are fitted with Euro 6D-compliant engines, with the entire MultiJet 2 range comprising 2.3-litre units.


The 120hp version, teamed with the manual gearbox, offers 320Nm of torque and improves power and torque by 10% compared with the 2.0-litre engine it replaces, while the 140hp, 350Nm (9% greater than its 130 MultiJet predecessor) drivetrain – available with both manual and automatic gearboxes – constitutes the heart of the range.


The 160hp version offers 400Nm with a manual gearbox and 450Nm with the automatic transmission, while a 180hp engine tops the range. This produces 400Nm with a manual gearbox and 450Nm – an improvement of 12% compared to the previous model – with the automatic.


Ducato is also available in a methane Natural Power variant, producing 136hp and 350Nm.

Automatic gearbox

The new nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission guarantees an enjoyable driving experience without compromising on performance.


Users can choose between three driving modes – Normal, Eco which provides a dedicated gear shift strategy to help reduce fuel consumption, and Power, which provides prompt gear shifts for optimal performance even in tough conditions.

EcoPack

EcoPack is standard across the Ducato range and includes Start&Stop, a smart alternator, an electronically-controlled fuel pump which guarantees greater combustion efficiency to reduce fuel use, and ECO mode.

Infotainment

A new infotainment system is available, with a seven-inch touchscreen by Mopar, USB port and digital radar. The new system includes Apple CarPlay and compatibility with Android Auto.

Drive assist

Ducato is available with a wide range of new safety technologies, including:


  • Blind spot assist, which uses radar to identify vehicles which are otherwise invisible to the driver.


  • Rear Cross Path detection, which uses radar to identify vehicles approaching from the side when Ducato is reversing.


  • Full brake control, which identifies obstacles and intervenes by automatically triggering emergency braking if there is imminent danger.


  • Lane departure warning, which determines whether the vehicle is leaving the lane it is travelling in.


  • Traffic sign recognition.


  • Automatic windscreen wipers.


  • Tyre pressure monitoring system.

Ducato electric

Fiat Professional has also unveiled its Ducato Electric van – its first fully-electric model – which will arrive in showrooms in 2020.


Available to pre-order in early 2020, it will come in all body variants with the same load volumes as the conventional Ducato, from 10m3 to 17m3, and a payload of up to 1,950kg.


A choice of two batteries will be offered, offering total ranges of 138 miles or 225 miles respectively, while it will be able to take on 62 miles of charge in less than 30 minutes.


Speed will be limited to 62mph to optimise energy use. It will offer maximum power of 120hp and maximum torque of 280Nm.


While developing Ducato Electric, Fiat Professional carried out a year-long study of customer use of their vans, which found that more than 25% of the market is suited to a battery electric vehicle in terms of use, routes, dynamics and performances.

“The new nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission guarantees an enjoyable driving experience without compromising on performance.”

Pietro Gorlier, FCA chief operating officer, EMEA

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