The new Ducato range is set to arrive to the UK market this summer and it boasts a more premium-looking design for the exterior and interior. It also has the lowest emission and fuel consumption levels in its segment, thanks to its new engine range, and a host of useful new kit available.
The new Fiat Ducato is under development in conjunction with the new Peugeot Boxer and new Citroen Relay, which have both also recently been revealed.
With standard panel van, a passenger transport and conversion chassis version available, the new Ducato offers great variety. The Fiat gives customers a choice of eight different load capacities, four lengths and up to three different heights.
On the outside, the new Ducato’s exterior sports a freshly new designed front-end complete with daytime running lights with optional LEDs.
Then there’s the bold new grille design, available in satin silver or piano black, as well as a new three-part front bumper which helps to reduce repair costs. A new bonnet, skid plate and new alloy wheels complete the revised exterior style.
Inside the new Fiat Ducato can be finished in one of two cabin environments, named ‘Classic’ and ‘Techno’. The new seats offer car-like comfort levels on all models, while other updates include large new cup holders. There’s also a segment-exclusive Multifunction Tablet Holder, which can safely secure any one of a variety of devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as normal pads of A4 paper.
The new Ducato’s engine selection is calculated to be ten per cent more efficient compared to its predecessor.
On offer are three variants of a 2.3-litre Multijet turbodiesel engine with outputs of 109bhp, 128bhp and 148bhp. All engines are mated with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.
The 128bhp engine can be supported with optional stop-start technology and means the new Ducato can return up to 45.6mpg in fuel economy, while CO2 emissions start at just 164g/km.
The new Ducato is packed with safety driving features such as electronic stability control (ESC), Hill Holder, electronic braking assistance (EBA). Further driving assistance systems are available on request, such as Traction+ (complete with Hill Descent Control), lane departure warning system and road sign recognition system.
Standard luxury kit for the new Fiat Ducato includes both Bluetooth and MP3 playback. Range-topping models add a reversing camera, satellite navigation and an onboard five-inch colour touchscreen.
UK specification and pricing details for the new Fiat Ducato range will be announced in the near future.