Fiat’s Ducato load hauler has received an upgrade for 2014, with more power, better economy and a longer list of standard features for Australia.
A new Euro Five-spec 3.0 litre ‘180 Multijet’ four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine replaces the current ‘150 Multijet’ unit, lifting power from 108 to 130kW and boosting torque from 350 to 400Nm.
Thanks to the improved power figures, Fiat says the Ducato can now boast the most powerful four-cylinder engine in its segment.
Fuel consumption for the new 180 engine is listed at 8.0 l/100km on combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are listed at 224 g/km.
Besides the new engine, the upgraded Ducato now adds reverse parking sensors to its list of standard features, which includes electronic stability control (ESP), ‘anti-slip’ regulator (ASR), hill holder and load adaptive control.
Inside, the Ducato gets a fully integrated mounting for a TomTom navigation system, standard air conditioning, Bluetooth with voice command and steering wheel-mounted controls.
The cargo area features a low-loading floor and 270 degree rear barn doors, along with a standard bulkhead and an optional sliding side door.
The 2014 Fiat Duacto is available now, priced from $40,000 plus on-road costs. The Ducato comes with a five-year, 240,000km warranty and service intervals of 24,000km.
Sometime in 2015, a face-lifted Ducato will arrive in Australian showrooms having recently been unveiled for European markets.
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