Euro 6 engine for Fiat’s big load-hauler

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FIAT’S BIG DU­CATO VAN IS ONE OF THE MOST CA­PA­BLE LOAD haulers on New Zealand roads, with a fine blend of power, car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity, ease of load­ing, fine ride qual­ity and ex­cel­lent driv­ing dy­nam­ics.

The sixth gen­er­a­tion ver­sion of the van which first took to Euro­pean roads in 1981 has just gone on sale here.

The big news in the Du­cato Se­ries 6 is the 2.3-litre Multi-jet four­cylin­der tur­bod­iesel engine.

It re­places the po­tent 3.0-litre diesel in the out­go­ing model, but has ex­actly the same power out­put – 130kw at 3500rpm and a strong 400Nm of peak torque at 1500rpm.

The new engine meets Euro 6 emis­sions stan­dards, but Fiat has achieved that with­out us­ing SCR and Ad­blue.

In­stead it uses Fiat’s Low Pres­sure Ex­haust Gas Re­cir­cu­la­tion sys­tem (LPEGR) to lower NOX emis­sions with­out the com­plex­ity, added weight and ad­di­tional costs as­so­ci­ated with Ad­blue.

Fiat says LPEGR chan­nels ex­haust gasses away af­ter the diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter (DPF), cool­ing them through a low-pres­sure EGR cooler and then re­cir­cu­lat­ing them ahead of the tur­bocharger.

It says LPEGR is ideal for goods trans­port vans and mo­torhomes where sim­plic­ity, re­duced weight and low run­ning costs are the most im­por­tant fac­tors.

Fiat Chrysler New Zealand mar­kets three Du­cato van mod­els, the MWB LR (medium wheel­base, low roof); the LWB MR (long­wheel­base medium roof), and the ex­tra-long wheel­base XLWB.

All run the Euro 6 four-cylin­der 2287cc tur­bod­iesel, and all are front-wheel drive. The MWB LR and LWB MR vans come as stan­dard with a six-speed man­ual gear­box, and the XLWB has a six-speed au­to­mated man­ual Com­fort-matic unit.

The MWB LR model has a cargo vol­ume of 10 cu­bic me­tres, and a 1525kg pay­load. Equiv­a­lent fig­ures for the LWB MR are 13 cu­bic me­tres and 2145kg.

The ex­tra-long wheel­base’s cav­ernous load area will swal­low 15 cu­bic me­tres of freight, and the van has a 2026kg pay­load.

MWB LR di­men­sions are in the ta­ble ac­com­pa­ny­ing this ar­ti­cle. The LWB MR is 5998mm long, 2050mm wide, 2522mm high, and rides on a 4035mm wheel­base. Its load area is 3705mm long, 1870mm wide and 1932mm high.

The XLMB MR is 6363mm long, 2050mm wide, 2522mm high, and has a 4035mm wheel­base. Load area di­men­sions are: 4070mm, 1870mm, and 1932mm. The two long-wheel­base vans have 14.4-me­tre turn­ing cir­cles. All mod­els have stan­dard man­u­ally-con­trolled air-con­di­tion­ing, cruise-con­trol, rear park­ing sen­sors, and a Blue­tooth-com­pat­i­ble Ucon­nect sound sys­tem with five-inch touch-screen.

The driver’s seat is height-ad­justable, and the two-pas­sen­ger bench seat has lap/sash seat­belts for both oc­cu­pants. All mod­els come with a solid bulk­head be­tween the cab and the load­space. It has a rear-view win­dow.

Added-cost op­tions in­clude 16-inch al­loy wheels, LED day­light run­ning lights, a re­vers­ing cam­era, a 125-litre fuel tank, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, and 16-inch al­loy wheels. The au­to­mated gear­box is also an op­tion for the two man­ual mod­els.

Two pack­ages are on the op­tions list. The first, Vi­sion, in­cludes au­to­matic on/off head­lights and wind­screen wipers along with lane de­par­ture warn­ing.

The sec­ond, Trac­tion, con­sists of Trac­tion-plus with hill-de­scent con­trol, and all-season tyres.

Du­cato vans sell in small num­bers in New Zealand – Fiat Chrysler NZ reg­is­tered 64 in 2016 and had sold 11 by the end of April this year – but mo­torhomes based on them are com­mon sights on our roads.

A to­tal of 761 Du­cato-based mo­torhomes was reg­is­tered last year, and to April 30 this year 273 had joined the NZ mo­torhome fleet.

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