The Fiat Ducato van, the largest van in Fiat’s line up, gets two new engines with four different power outputs for 2011 as the Italian van maker concentrates on lower running costs and complying with new van emissions laws.
As a result, it has turned to the MultiJet diesel technology, a former International Engine of the Year and star of Fiat’s larger car range.
A choice of either 2.3-litre or 3.0-litre engines are available with the new 2012 Fiat Ducato. The former offers power outputs of 110bhp, 130bhp and 150bhp.
All are more efficient than the smaller 2.2-litre engine they replace by up to ten per cent, while advances in build technology means they are also lighter and emit lower CO2 levels.
The second engine choice, a 3.0-litre diesel, comes in 180bhp variation and is 13 per cent more powerful than the outgoing 177bhp unit.
Improvements to the engine mean the Ducato now has longer distances between servicing intervals and, says Fiat, 15 per cent lower running costs than the previous Ducato.
In terms of design, Fiat has overhauled the interior of the Ducato van to include new technology such as a high-spec sound system, refrigerated compartment, a redesigned instrument panel to make it easier to navigate and a folding passenger bench.
The new Fiat Ducato van also includes a Blue&Me satellite navigation and Fiat’s eco:Drive Professional which advises drivers on the best route to take and logs distances for fleet drivers.
However, practicality has not been compromised in the Ducato with eight different vehicle capacities ranging from eight to 17 metres cubed.
The 2012 Fiat Ducato will go on sale this month in the UK with prices revealed closer to launch.