Fiat’s Doblo small van has arrived in local showrooms for the first time, priced from $22,000 plus on-roads.
The Doblo is available from launch with a choice of four engines - including three diesel-powered options and one petrol - matched with manual and automatic transmissions.
The smaller diesel engine, coming in two power grades, and the petrol unit will be available to short-wheelbase Doblo customers, while a larger 2.0 litre diesel will power the long-wheelbase Doblo Maxi.
The 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine makes 66kW/200Nm or 77kW/290Nm, while the 2.0 litre diesel in the Maxi produces 99kW and 320Nm.
A sole petrol-engine, a 1.4 litre four-cylinder unit, is good for 70kW and 127Nm. The base 1.6 litre diesel is the most frugal with a fuel figure of 4.9 l/100km.
The shorter wheelbase variant measures 4390mm, stretching to 4740mm in the Maxi. Fiat says each model has a “class-leading” payload of 750kg and 1000kg respectively.
The Doblo’s load compartment measures either 1820mm or 2170mm in length, with 1230mm of width between the wheel arches. A sliding door on each side is standard, while a 180-degree opening for the rear door is optional.
Safety features include electronic stability control with Hill Holder function and four airbags, along with anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution.
Inside, the Doblo features Bluetooth with optional satellite navigation, standard air conditioning with climate control and a PVC floor, while cruise control and parking sensors are standard in diesel models.
A heavily-updated Doblo was recently unveiled at September’s IAA show in Germany, but the new model is yet to reach the showroom stage in any of its intended markets.
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