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Last month I wrote a small article on the new Fiat facelift and shared my thoughts after seeing the first vehicles arrive in NZ. This month I would like to share some more technical information from Fiat directly and continue to explore what the new Fiat Ducato really has to offer. Please note that the information is generic and not all features are applicable to the NZ market.
Enjoy the read!!!
NEW MULTIJET3 POWERTRAIN
Designed for LCVs
The new Ducato Multijet3 powertrain lineup offers a wide range of choices that makes your work easier on every possible mission. Light Duty and Heavy Duty homologation (140hp and 180hp power levels), available on manual and automatic transmissions, all with a reduced noise level and weight and best-in-class fuel consumption.
An all-new engine, that minimises excess consumption and emissions with an optimized weight.
Built with industrial design for long durability and top reliability
Reduced noise level and enhanced torque elasticity with 9-speed gearbox available.
140 MULTIJET3 9 Speed
180 MULTIJET3 9 Speed
New Fiat Series 8 Facelift and 6D Final Engine
Fiat has been building the Ducato since 1981. The new facelift model is the sixth generation which has been labelled the Series 8. It was originally launched in 2006 and then received substantial updates in 2011, 2014, 2019 and now which is probably it’s biggest yet.
The Ducato Series 8 leaps to the top of the large Van class for driver feel and cab technology.
The Series 8 swapped out the 2.3-litre engines for a selection of 2.2-litre units. They retain the same power and torque figures as the old 2.3s but offer greater fuel efficiency.
Each engine is a different unit not an electronically calibrated upgrade which was the case with earlier models. We have also optioned the ‘eco’ pack, further increasing economy.
The new engines are up to 7% more efficient than their predecessors, helped by a 15kg weight loss. The durability has also increased to est. 300,000km.
The nine-speed automatic transmission is replacing the older six-speed ‘ComfortMatic’ system. In “Automatic” mode the control module selects and engages the gear in response to different driving conditions, speed, and load gradient, in case of frequent gear changes and in particularly tough conditions (on hills for example), the “Autostick” mode lets the driver stay in a lower gear, improving performance’s and prevents overheating.
The drivability and feel have also been greatly improved as part of the 2022 update. Electric power steering is replacing the old hydraulically assisted rack. The updated system adapts to the vehicles speed increasing precision and results in an improved overall feel, better turning circle and steering response.
The look of the front cab is noticeability different showcasing additional features such as a new front grill insert, skid plate, LED running lights, internal roof lights and side door panels.