Up to speed

A new Daily dawns with aero styling, en­gine mods and slick gear­box

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels - WITH JAMES STAN­FORD

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.