Up to speed
A new Daily dawns with aero styling, engine mods and slick gearbox
AN eight-speed automatic of the type usually found in luxury cars is one of the headline features of the new generation Iveco Daily van that has been launched locally.
The Daily was introduced in 1978 and this is the first all-new model since 2009 (only the engines are carry over) has a raft of new features.
Striking styling changes include the new narrow angled headlights and a double grille split by a body-coloured strip.
Interior updates bring a contemporary design with simple and smooth lines, new controls for features such as automatic climate control and an optional infotainment touchscreen information display.
All vans get Bluetooth audio and improved airconditioning.
A suspension driver’s seat is now standard and the passenger counterpart is an option, as is seat heating. For easier access, the seat mount has been lowered slightly.
Iveco says it has focused on reducing cabin noise, in part with upgraded soundproofing.
The carry-over turbo diesels have been fitted with lower friction piston rings and use lower viscosity oil.
Iveco’s smart alternator draws energy from the engine only when the vehicle is slowing and captures energy that would otherwise be wasted.
Iveco says mechanical and aerodynamic revisions improve fuel efficiency by 4.1 per cent. Among the fuel-saving measures is its new Eco mode, which can be engaged when the van is running light or empty to reduce engine torque.
Oil changes are now scheduled at 40,000km. The base engine is a 2.3-litre four- cylinder that produces 93kW and 320Nm of torque, peaking between 1800rpm-2500 rpm.
The 3.0-litre version produces 125kW and 430Nm between 1500rpm-2600 rpm. Its variable geometry turbo enables the superior torque delivery.
The top-spec 3.0-litre twin turbo makes 130kW and 470Nm from 1400rpm-3000 rpm.
Transmission choices include the eight-speed ZF torque converter automatic and a six-speed manual.
All updated Daily models are rear-drive. The existing 4x4 Daily carries on for now, with a new cab due next year. You can order the Daily as a regular van, a crew-cab or cab chassis to fit your own body (up to 6190mm) or tray.
The vans come in three heights, while the rear axles can have single or dual wheels.
There is more interior space across the range. Iveco claims class-leading maximum cargo volume of 20 cubic metres and payload of 2767kg. Rear barn doors open 270 degrees and there is a single sliding side door.
All new Daily vans are fitted with driver, passenger and side curtain airbags as well as electronic stability control and a hill hold function.
Iveco Australia product manager Christian Andel hopes to bring in light truck customers to check the Daily’s load and hauling options.
“The new Daily provides all the best features of a truck, namely a strong ladder chassis and the associated payload benefits, with driving characteristics and safety features more in keeping with a van or passenger car,” he says.