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Ducato: van and chassis-cab

by David Zatz on

 

According to well-connected reader y2kyamr6, when the Ram version of the Fiat Ducato goes on sale, it will do so as both a cargo van and a chassis cab.

Chassis cabs are used by upfitters to create customized vehicles, such as ambulances and recreational vehicles; the Ducato might find a built-in audience among RV makers, some of whom have been customizing Sprinter vans. There are already Ram chassis cabs in Class 3, 4, and 5 (the Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cabs), but these have much larger engines, with a 5.7 Hemi in the 3500 or a Cummins turbodiesel (which is the sole engine for the 4500 and 5500).

The front-wheel-drive Ducato van has a McPherson strut front suspension and and a solid beam axle suspended by leaf springs in the rear. There is an optional air suspension in most markets. The engines most commonly found in Fiat Ducatos are a 2.3 or 3.0 liter diesel four cylinder; CNG motors and automated transmissions are available up in some markets. The Fiat 3-liter four cylinder diesel is installed in the smaller Mitsubishi-Fuso forward control for use in North America, and is likely to be used at least as the base engine. The Chrysler 2.4 liter four-cylinder gasoline engine may well be used as an option, or as the base engine for the US and Canada.

The Ram Ducato will be sold starting in the 2014 model year.  [See Ducato, Doblo, and Daily]

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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