Iveco has updated its Daily van range, with new suspension, improved seating, a revised six-speed manual gearbox and the adoption of Amazon Alexa voice technology in the cab. There may not be many visual clues to the upgraded van, other than a satin chrome grille and some new rear lights, but under the skin and in the cab Daily has taken a step forward.
There is a similar engine line-up, of 2.3 and 3.0-litre diesel engines and a 3.0-litre CNG gas unit., though all now comply with Euro 6-D Final or Euro VI-E emissions regulations. The 2.3-litre engines now use the same clutch plate as the larger engine, boosting durability. There is also a new six-speed manual gearbox, for those that don’t want the eight-speed automatic, said to offer improved shifting and greater operator comfort. It also allows up to 15% higher torque to be transmitted, for use with more powerful engines.
Iveco has used memory foam in the new seats, with a longer seat pad and extra filling in the side bolsters, to improve driver comfort throughout the day. There is also the option of a new Air-Pro pneumatic suspension, said to continuously monitor ride and handling. This contributes to a 25% reduction in vibration in the cab and a 30% reduction in roll angle through bends. Drivers can also lower and raise the vehicle to suit loading docks, with a memory function for regularly used sites.
The biggest news though, is the adoption of Alexa, through the Iveco Driver Pal. This voice control system offers all of the functionality that you might find at home, with voice control of infotainment and navigation functions. It also allows communication with Iveco’s connected services, for booking of repair and maintenance.
The Iveco Driver Pal, which is being offered on the firm’s heavy trucks too, will allow drivers to leave interact with other road users, through a messaging service, leaving warnings of hold-ups, accidents and breakdowns so that other vehicles can avoid the area.