As the electric E-Ducato order book is finally opened to waiting customers, Fiat Professional is not forgetting those van users that still need the versatility of a diesel van. An updated Ducato line-up features Euro 6D-Final engines, improved operator comfort and a focus on technology, with a wide range of ADAS systems on offer.
The van is powered by 2.2-litre Multijet3 diesel engines, offering 120hp, 140hp, 160hp and 180hp. Fiat is claiming up to 7% fuel savings across the range. The 140-180hp engines can also be had in heavy-duty emissions specification if preferred. Drive is taken to the front wheels through a revised six-speed manual gearbox, with the option of a nine-speed automatic transmission on the three higher-powered engines.
The vans have been updated externally, with a new grille, central Fiat badge and full LED lighting that is claimed to deliver up to 30% brighter illumination. There are three trim levels, Tecnico, Tecnico Plus and Business Edition, along with a host of equipment packs to tailor the van to the customer’s needs.
Keyless entry and starting is available and once in the cab, there is a new digital cockpit, with a 7” TFT cluster that is easier to read. This interacts with Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment system, with touchscreens of 5”, 7” or 10”, depending on specification. All are smartphone compatible and 3D satellite navigation is supplied by TomTom. The vans also come with wireless phone charging and a range of USB and 230V outputs.
A smaller, multi-function steering wheel is fitted and the vans now come with electronic power steering, allowing a wide range of ADAS functions. There is also an electric parking brake, positioned in the dash.
Fiat Professional is claiming level 2 autonomy for the vans, through a range of driver assistance and safety systems. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go, Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Jam Assist. There is also a digital rear-view mirror, Cross-Wind Assist and a semi-autonomous Active Park Assist function, for both parallel and perpendicular parking.
The Uconnect system can be upgraded and the Fiat app makes it possible to monitor the vehicle from various devices. Services include remote assistance, smart navigation, remote control and fleet management. Fleet managers can communicate directly with drivers through the My Remote function, while My Car monitors the health of the van, including fuel levels, tyre pressures, mileage and maintenance alerts.
My Fleet Manager
My Wi-Fi adds a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices and it is possible to use Amazon Alexa voice control within the vehicle. My Alert can be used to track the vehicle in the case of theft, preventing the van from starting remotely. There is also a My Fleet Manager tool, that helps with monitoring, planning and analysis of the whole fleet. All of the telematic data and remote-control functions can be integrated into existing customer third-party solutions.
The revised Ducato is offered as a panel van, a window van, a crew van and as a chassis cab with single or double cab layouts. Fiat Professional also offers a platform cab for conversion, alongside ready-built dropsides and tipper models.