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Fiat keeps Ducato fresh with 2010 upgrade
Fiat’s Ducato commercial range receives mechanical, equipment boost for 2010
11 Feb 2010
By TERRY MARTIN
FIAT has introduced a 2010 upgrade for its Ducato light commercial vehicle range in Australia, with both van and cab-chassis versions benefiting from heavy-duty enhancements including uprated suspension, improved external body protection and the standard fitment of 16-inch wheels across the range.
Other features added as standard across the 2010 Ducato line-up include cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone and USB connectivity, extending a list that already includes driver and front passenger airbags, ASR traction control and ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD).
Standard cabin equipment also continues to include air-conditioning, electric windows/mirrors, remote central locking, a trip computer, steering wheel-mounted controls, and a large (laptop-size) and lockable glovebox.
Options include stability control, side and curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, metallic paint and, on the vans, a second sliding door.
Priced from $44,290, the entire Ducato range has driveaway pricing and spans three wheelbases – medium (3000mm), long (3450mm) and extra-long (4035mm) – with van roof heights either low (1662mm, on the medium wheelbase) or medium (1932mm, available across the range).
The cab-chassis is based on a 3800mm ‘medium wheelbase’ (MWB), although this is 800mm longer than MWB van and 350mm longer than the long-wheelbase (LWB) van. Only the extra-LWB van out-stretches it.
Van load compartment volumes start from eight cubic metres for the low-roof van and top out at 15 cubic metres for the extra-LWB version, while payload ranges from around 1700kg to two tonnes.
All Ducato models use a “Multijet” common-rail direct-injection four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, which drives the front wheels through with a six-speed manual gearbox or, on select models, a six-speed ‘MTA’ automated manual transmission.
There are two versions of the engine on offer, depending on the model variant. MWB and LWB vans and the cab-chassis use a 2.3-litre unit, which produces 88kW of power at 3600rpm and 320Nm of torque from 2000rpm to 2800rpm.
Alternatively, the MWB mid-roof and LWB vans can be specified with a higher-output version that develops 115.5kW at 3500rpm and a gutsy 400Nm between 1700rpm and 2500rpm.
This is also the standard engine for the extra-LWB model.
All Ducatos use an independent MacPherson strut front suspension and a rigid axle with leaf springs at the rear.
The steering is rack and pinion with power assistance (variable power-assist on the extra-LWB model), while the brakes comprise 280mm diameter ventilated discs front and rear.
Federal government tax incentives assisted Fiat in boosting Ducato sales by 15 per cent last year.
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