When it comes to carrying people, material and tools across difficult terrain, there are few large vans that are more capable than Iveco’s Daily 4×4. The latest version is offered in two slightly different specifications, known as the all-road and the off-road trims. Both are offered with the firm’s 3.0-litre diesel engine, developing 180hp, driving through a choice of six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions.
The vans all use a transfer case with a low ratio offering, in effect doubling the number of gears available. There are front, centre and rear differential locks, providing the vans and chassis cabs with enviable driving ability on rough ground.
The all-road models are intended for those customers that complete much of their annual mileage on the road, but who need some off-road capability when they arrive on site. The off-road specification is aimed more at customers who spend most of their time off-road, delivering increased rough-terrain capabilities.
With that in mind, the off-road models come with single rear wheels, in 3.5, 5.5 and 7.0-tonne maximum weights. The 3.5-tonne model is only offered as a single-cab chassis, not as a panel van, though there are two wheelbases available. The reason for the limited offer at 3.5-tonnes is weight, as the additional driveline components reduce the potential payload of the 3.5-tonne chassis cab to just 639-767kg.
Move up to the 5.5 or 7.0-tonne models and there are three lengths of chassis cab and three lengths of panel van available, with three roof heights. That means internal load volumes of 9.0-18m3 are on offer. The heavier models can also be ordered as crew cabs.
For the all-road models, there is one length of 3.5-tonne chassis cab on offer, or three 5.5 and 7.0-tonne models. When it comes to panel vans, there is a single long wheelbase available, in either 5.5 or 7.0-tonne gross weights. Those prepared to run at 5.5-tonnes can expect to see payloads of 2.6-2.7 tonnes, while the 7.0-tonne vans and chassis can deliver over 4.0-tonnes of load-carrying ability, making them an attractive option to a full all-wheel drive truck for utilities, local authorities, emergency services and forestry contractors.
One unusual option on the Daily is Fording Adaptation. This allows the driver to turn off the engine cooling fan, using a button on the dash, when driving through deep water. The Daily 4×4 can cope with up to 650mm of water depth before needing a snorkel attachment for the air cleaner. Fording Adaptation prevents any damage to the fan, as it is dragged through the water. A loud, persistent alarm sounds in the cab when the switch is activated, so there is little danger of leaving it engaged and causing overheating.
There are a host of other options available, to tailor the vans to an individual operator’s needs, including independent cab heating, power take-off systems, a front winch mounting and various on and off-road tyres to suit varied terrain.
Sales volumes of the 4×4 are relatively low, with around 50 Daily 4x4s finding owners in the UK last year. However, Daily business line director, Mike Cutts, is confident that the latest vehicles will build on that number. The 4×4 models will adopt the model year 2022 updates, already seen on the new two-wheel drive Daily, early next year.