As­sist­ing the daily grind

The new 2017 Iveco Daily minibus range com­prises three model vari­ants that are avail­able with var­i­ous seat­ing and lux­ury op­tions

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Iveco’s new minibus mod­els will be in­tro­duced on the lat­est Daily plat­form, which fea­tures a clean-run­ning Euro 6-rated en­gine and adds a host of safety en­hance­ments to the ex­ist­ing ar­ray of fea­tures on the 2016 model.

En­try level to the range is the ‘Shut­tle 12’ – it will be avail­able on a 3520mm wheel­base and pro­vides seat­ing for 11 plus the driver.

For ad­di­tional car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity, the ‘Shut­tle 16’ is based on a longer 4100mm wheel­base and pro­vides seat­ing for 16 oc­cu­pants plus the driver.

This vari­ant also fea­tures the gen­er­ous H2 roof, en­sur­ing there’s plenty of over­head height for cus­tomers both when seated and also when en­ter­ing or ex­it­ing the minibus.

Op­er­a­tors re­quir­ing an even higher-end, pre­mium nish can opt for the ‘Ex­ec­u­tive 16’. This 6.5-tonne GVM vari­ant of­fers the same num­ber of seats and wheel­base specications as the ‘Shut­tle 16’ but with a higher H3 roof (2010mm stand­ing height) for even greater head­room and ex­tra space for pas­sen­gers.

Seat­ing for the ‘Ex­ec­u­tive 16’ can be specied in leather, and other lux­ury in­te­rior and ex­te­rior up­grades are also avail­able for op­er­a­tors want­ing an even more pre­mium, high-end look.

Along with the in­ter­nal lug­gage racks, a gen­er­ous rear over­hang on all mod­els al­lowed Iveco en­gi­neers to al­lo­cate an ex­ten­sive area be­hind the last row of seats for ad­di­tional pas­sen­ger bag­gage, in many cases elim­i­nat­ing the need to tow a trailer – there­fore re­duc­ing fuel costs, trailer reg­is­tra­tion charges and main­te­nance costs.

This lug­gage area on all mod­els is eas­ily ac­cessed via the 270-de­gree open­ing rear ‘barn’ doors.

Pow­er­ing the mini-bus range is Iveco’s Euro 6, F1C, 4-cylin­der turbo-diesel en­gine with ‘Uni­jet’ com­mon-rail in­jec­tion and four valves per cylin­der.

The en­gine pro­duces 170hp (125kW) and fea­tures a at torque curve with max­i­mum torque of 400Nm from a low 1350 to 3000rpm. It meets the strin­gent Euro 6 emis­sions mea­sure with a com­bi­na­tion of DOC and DPF con­trol, and boasts im­pres­sive fuel efciency lead­ing to lower op­er­at­ing costs.

A slightly more pow­er­ful Euro 6 en­gine is be­ing slated for in­tro­duc­tion into the range later in the year.

A slightly more pow­er­ful E6 en­gine is be­ing slated for in­tro­duc­tion into the range later in the year

Pic­tured: The new 2017 Iveco Daily minibus range meets Euro 6 em­mis­sions stan­dards

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