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New Fiat Ducato debuts

by Bill Cawthon on

This month, Fiat will introduce the newest Ducato commercial van, the latest edition of a best-selling series whose five generations earned international awards and sold more than 2.2 million vehicles since 1981.

The Ducato’s strong and dynamic design strikes a balance between appearance and practicality, but the big news is the extended engine range: choose from four new MultiJet direct-injection Euro 5-compliant turbodiesel engines with outputs from 115 to 177 horsepower mated to five- or six-speed gearboxes to get the best combination for the customer’s requirements. The new engines offer record-low fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels (from 6.4 l/100 km and 169 g/km with no usage limits or special features) .

The latest Ducato offers a choice of three new interior trims: something no other manufacturer currently offers. With a focus on ergonomics and comfort (acoustics, climate control and suspension), the Ducato cab is versatile, comfortable and extremely functional.

A new feature is “Traction+,” an innovative traction control system that improves the vehicle’s handling on difficult terrain with poor grip. Next-generation telematics solutions – from Blue&Me Nav to “eco:Drive Fiat Professional” – also make their debut, suggesting the best route for drivers or helping them to drive correctly and economically.

Just like the current Ducato, the new van is flexible with a philosophy of being “designed by business.” To suit specific customer needs, there are about 2,000 ways to specify and equip a new Ducato, whether the requirement is for a commercial cargo van, people hauler, chassis cab or pickup. In addition, the van can be ordered with one of eight different capacities, ranging from 8 to 17 cubic meters.

We don’t know how different the Ram version of the next Ducato will look but we do know it is one of two Fiat Professional models that will join the Ram lineup in a couple of years.

Thanks to Pat McNamara for the tip!

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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