IVECO has sales growth aspirations for its rugged Daily 4x4 off-roader, but the
new-generation version will remain a manual-only proposition and miss out on
critical safety gear in Australia, for the time being.
The talented off-roader will be offered without any airbags for now as the
brand's European parent company has left the important features – both present
in the on-road load-lugging Daily van and cab-chassis models – off the features
The absence of a self-shifter limits the vehicle's appeal to many fleet and
private customers but Australia's automatic addiction would need demand from
other markets before Iveco would invest in developing the eight-speed auto for
the double low-range four-wheel-drive system.
Boasting an expanded range of payload and cargo volumes, the van and
cab-chassis range will be joined mid-year by the 4x4 model that will bear the
updated face and interior.
Iveco product marketing manager Marco Quaranta said the local demand for
automatics was insufficient for a development program without other markets
asking for it as well.
“The demand is very low,” he said. “This seems to be the only country where the
demand is there and the volumes wouldn't justify it.”
The airbag absence, which the company acknowledged was a barrier to some fleet
sales, may well be resolved by the end of this year and it could potentially
more than double the vehicle’s sales.
“We in Australia have initiated the airbag. There are customers who will only
accept the Daily 4x4 with an airbag. It's a large market, we have presented a
business case and we are very close to getting it – we are waiting to hear but
if we get it, it will be within this year,” Mr Quaranta said.
The updated model retains the same drivetrain of the current Daily 4x4, so it
will continue to have front, centre and rear diff locks, and a double low-range
transfer case to offer super-low crawling gears, but it adopts the exterior
and, more importantly, the updated interior of the front-wheel drive van range
that arrived in May last year.
The new model will also comply with Euro 6 emissions by way of Selective
Catalytic Reduction (SCR) urea NOx reduction technology for the carry over
125kW/400Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four cylinder unit.
Offered in single and dual-cab body styles, the Daily 4x4 has also had its
braking system beefed up – although the rear brakes are still drums – and it
will have stability control as standard.
Able to be driven on a car licence with its 4495kg GVM, the serious off-roader
is also endowed with a 3500kg braked towing capacity and can be upgraded at no
cost to a GVM of 5500kg for heavy vehicle licence holders.
The single-cab 4x4 variant has had a small price increase in the region of
$1500, rising to $88,000 plus accessories, trays and on-road costs, while
dual-cab pricing is up a little over $700 to $94,000 plus on-roads, accessories
Iveco's Commercial and Specialised Vehicles key account manager Joel Read said
the Daily 4x4 had no direct competitors.
“Customers wanting an extremely capable light-duty off-road truck need to
purchase a stock product and then spend thousands of dollars equipping it with
items such as aftermarket diff locks, low crawler gears and so forth,” he said.
“It’s not only an expensive and time-consuming undertaking, but then also
potentially has warranty implications with the vehicle manufacturer,” he said.
The rear-drive Daily range has had a small price reduction (as much as $2000
depending on the model) and is being offered in a wider range of van cargo
volumes starting from 7.3 cubic metres.
A new entry level van variant, dubbed the 35S13, retains the 93kW/320Nm
2.3-litre turbo-diesel (with the $2310 option of the 125kW/430Nm 3.0-litre) and
carries a starting price of $46,147 before any options, accessories or on-road
costs. Top spec in the 35S13 is an 18 cubic metre van priced from $59,569
before on road costs.
The 50C17 starts with the nine cubic metre version from $56,554, rising to the
mammoth 20 cubic metre flagship at $69,330; it is powered by a 3.0-litre
125kW/430Nm single turbo-diesel engine or optional (at $2200) on selected
models is the 150kW/470Nm twin-turbo diesel direct-injection 3.0-litre engine.
The features list has also been updated with the Iveconnect information system
and stability control now standard; the options list has been boosted with the
addition of an air suspension system and diff locks that are being made
available on all models.
Selected cab-chassis single- and dual-cabs are also being offered with a new
shorter wheelbase on the cab-chassis model, with price cuts as high as $3200
over the pricing from launch in May last year.
The tray-top range starts with the 3000mm wheelbase 45C17 for $48,843 plus
on-roads; the 50C17 is priced from $53,605 and the 70C17 (with the 3450mm
wheelbase) is priced from $60,345.
The vehicles are equipped with a 3.0-litre single-turbo diesel engine producing
125kW and 430Nm, or on selected models the 150kW/470Nm twin-turbo diesel
direct-injection 3.0-litre engine is also on offer; both claim 40,000km engine
oil service intervals.
Depending on the variant and powerplant, the gearbox choice in the FWD vans
remains a six-speed manual or an eight-Speed Hi-Matic full auto.
Standard safety features in the van and cab-chassis range include front and
rear disc brakes with ABS, front, passenger and curtain airbags, stability
control and hill holder, climate control system, a four-speaker sound system
with radio, CD, USB and auxiliary inputs and Bluetooth controlled via
steering-wheel mounted buttons.
Also on offer in the new Daily cab-chassis range are factory-fitted bodies
under the slogan of 'Ready to work', with the 45C17 available in manual and
auto guise, with four airbags, stability control and the Iveconnect telematics
system among the standard fare.
The three-way tipper is a 50C17 spec in auto-only guise, with four airbags,
stability control and the Iveconnect system among the standard fare.
The three-way tipper tray is unique to Iveco and specifically designed for the
Daily cab-chassis. It features a factory-fitted 1.8mm thick steel body that can
tip to the rear, left or right.
With an estimated payload of 1500kg, the tipper claims a 25-second full-tilt
time, includes a full headboard and is operated by a remote.
The fixed rear tray is also designed specifically for the Daily and has a steel
subframe, aluminium tray with marine plywood liner, is larger than before and
retains the full-height headboard.
2016 Iveco pricing*
35S13 7.3 m³
35S13 9 m³
35S13 10.8 m³
35S13 12 m³
35S13 16 m³
35S13 18 m³
50C17 9 m³
50C17 10.8 m³
50C17 12 m³
50C17 16 m³
50C17 18 m³
50C17 20 m³
45C17 3000 mm
50C17 3000 mm
70C17 3450 mm
Dual Cab Chassis
50C17 3450 mm
70C17 3450 mm
4x4 Cab Chassis
55S17W Single Cab
55S17W Dual Cab
*Excludes on-road costs. Automatic transmission available for $4285.