Fiat’s Ducato load-hauler has been heavily revised for 2015, bringing improved fuel economy, new interior features and more ‘car-like’ cabin accommodation.
Power comes from the new 180 Multijet 3.0 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine developing 130kW and 400Nm, which Fiat says is the most powerful in its class.
The 180 Multijet was introduced to Ducato customers in Australia earlier this year as part of a mid-cycle 2014 model update, but the engine has now been further refined for the new model.
Engine improvements - combined with a lower kerb weight - see fuel consumption improve from 8.0 l/100km in the outgoing unit to 7.2 l/100km for the 2015 cab/chassis model. Service intervals are a lengthy 48,000km apart.
Buyers can choose between six-speed manual or six-speed ‘Comfort-Matic’ transmissions, with the latter being standard fitment to Long and Extra Long wheelbase models.
Fiat says its engineers have focused on enhancing braking performance in the new model, and have improved the lifespan of clutch and suspension components through body and chassis reinforcements.
The new model is available with three different wheelbases, four different lengths, two heights and maximum payloads ranging from 1560kg to 2110kg.
Refreshed front styling sees a new three-part front bumper to reduce repair costs following a collision, along with optional LED daytime running lights and a new grille.
Inside, the 2015 Ducato gets new seats - with the middle seat in a three-seat layout able to convert into a table - and a five-inch colour touchscreen with Bluetooth and an optional reversing camera.
Reversing sensors, Electronic Stability Control with Rollover Mitigation, Load and Centre of Gravity Detection and Hill Holder are all standard, while ‘Traction+’ with Hill Descent Control is optional.
The 2015 Fiat Ducato is on sale now, with prices ranging from $38,000 to $52,000, plus on-road costs.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2015 Fiat Ducato
- Short Wheel Base / Low Roof - manual or auto - from $38,000
- Medium Wheel Base / Low Roof - manual or auto - from $40,000
- Medium Wheel Base / Medium Roof - manual or auto - arriving later, pricing to be confirmed
- Long Wheel Base / Medium Roof - auto only - $48,000
- Xtra Long Wheel Base / Medium Roof - auto only - $52,000
- Cab Chassis Medium-Long Wheel Base / Low Roof - manual or auto - from $44,000