2010 Fiat Doblo unveiled

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

A look at the new Fiat Doblò shows that it has managed to find the right balance between large dimensions and its original shape to result in a solid and strong vehicle. A Centro Stile Fiat creation, the Fiat Doblò has a length of 439 cm, width at 183 cm, and has a height of 184 cm, but with roof bars included, it comes in at 189 cm. Wheelbase is considered as the best in its segment at 276 cm. Starting from the back, this section clearly offers a sizeable amount of space and with it the implication being that it has a large loading volume. Its swing tailgate remains to be contemporary and unique and this time comes with a large window and a smooth style. The brand’s logo is placed in the middle giving an appearance similar to a small jewel stone. The tailgate is divided into two portions through a shiny black fascia. The upper part is made of glass while the lower is mainly metal. For the lights, they have a vertical arrangement and it has a transparent crystal clear portion that helps underscore its brightness. The bumpers cover the rear portion and merge with the rear wheel arches both on the upper part of the tailgate and the side, all without protruding. When viewed from the side, one can see the lines that cover the bottom part effortlessly starting from the front and going all the way to the rear wheel arch. This design gives the Fiat Doblò that dynamic and strong look.

Features that highlight the side include the compact and functional wing mirrors and the black door pillar. There is also the flushed sliding guide of the side door which has been integrated with the body, a standard practice in MPVs. Its use of large windows for the side helps with the brightness as well as the feeling of space for the interior. To make sure that both ingress and egress are easy, there are the big side doors which can slide.

These doors are large enough that it allows the rear electric windows to open in its entirety, a first in its class. A standard feature is the side mouldings. Going to the front, it shows that the Fiat Doblò has its own straightforward and strong personality and has excellent balance. Some of the more noticeable features include the enveloping and large headlights, the seamless hood and bumpers, and the wide central mouth with the logo placed in the central position.

Another prominent feature is the big and rounded hood which manages to form on its mudguards two side muscles. The rear wheel arches also make use of this same style and even highlights it. Rounding up the style on the front section is the windscreen and its black pillars.

With this, the passenger compartment is brighter and allows for enhanced visibility. This is improved even further by the use of the flat blade wipers which have an aerodynamic profile. Because of how it was designed, it creates less noise and even less interference due to air turbulence. Of course, it can clean more efficiently.

Going inside, the interior was designed by focusing on functionality. In addition, the goal was also to have a welcoming and attractive surrounding through the use of a combination of various materials, trims, and colors. Due to the space offered, the company was able to offer a number of smart solutions. Some examples of which are the wide-range of storage compartments. The interior was made sure to be flexible and has up to seven seats, thus ensuring all members of the family can make the trip.

Both the roof shelf and the dashboard have been designed to deliver high level ergonomics and with it a high level of driving comfort. Without question, the boot of the Fiat Doblò is the largest in its segment. It comes in at 790 liters but when the seats are folded, it can go as high as 3,200 liters. It can even allow the boot to be configured as necessary with its parcel shelf that can be adjusted to two heights. When the parcel shelf is set to a lower position, it is possible to load as much as 70 kg.

By now it is clear that the Fiat Doblò’s best feature is space. This is space that can be shared between friends and among family and that allows for a comfortable space be it for a social gathering or travelling. The Fiat Doblò is truly a good partner whether it’s for work or leisure. Comfort and practicality were the main objectives in designing the Fiat Doblò so that it would be able to deliver the best space on the interior and even hold a maximum of 7 occupants.

This true family space vehicle is one that customers can rely on when it comes to top-of-the-line safety, environment consciousness, and cost-effective operation. For the previous model, the company revealed that an estimated one million units have been sold regardless of the variant. The Fiat Doblò though has been redesigned and now sports a new style, new technical features, and new engines. It also shows that it not only offers the best space but it also helps lower emissions.

All of these were made possible due to the new platform and other factors like the wheelbase being at 2,755 mm, making it the longest in its class and resulting in more room. Boot is 790 liters but with seats folded down, it goes as high up as 3,200 liters. Even with the 1.3-liter multi-jet engine with output at 90 HP, CO2 emissions are at 129 g/km. Offering extra comfort is the advanced Bi-link suspension layout. There are of course the modular interiors with reclining and folding seats. Standard safety equipment is included as well.

Press Release

Fiat Doblo

Meet the Fiat Doblò, the new Fiat that is all about space. A space to be shared with family and friends, a liveable space for travelling and socialising, for whoever chooses the Fiat Doblò as a partner for leisure or work.

It was designed with practicality and comfort in mind to make the best of space on board and accommodate up to seven occupants. An authentic "family space" vehicle that can rely on top-class safety, cost-effective running and environment-friendliness.

Compared to the previous version, of which approximately one million units were sold in all its variants, the new Fiat Doblò has been revamped throughout with a new style, new engines and new technical features. These aspects make the new Fiat Doblò the best-in-class in terms of capaciousness and emission reduction. These results were achieved by a new platform, more room for passengers (with a wheelbase of 2755 mm, it is the longest in its segment), a roomy 790 litre boot (3200 litres with the seats folded down), lower CO2 emissions (129 g/km with the 1.3 Multijet 90 HP engine, the lowest in its category), an innovative Bi-link suspension layout for extra comfort, standard safety equipment and highly modular interiors with folding, reclining seats.

Style and comfort

Created by Centro Stile Fiat, the innovative design of the new Fiat Doblò combines original forms and large dimensions in a very balanced manner to confer the impression of a robust, solid vehicle: 439 cm long, 183 cm wide and 184 cm high (189 cm with roof bars), it has a 276 cm wheelbase (best-in-class in its category).

The distinctive front end expresses a strong, clear-cut personality and is well balanced with the total weight. Prominent features are the large, enveloping headlights, the big rounded hood which forms two side "muscles" on the mudguards (this style element is recalled and emphasised on the rear wheel arches), a broad central "mouth" with a logo standing out in central position, seamless hood and bumpers. An ample windscreen with black pillars completes the newly styled front end for a brighter passenger compartment and better visibility, further enhanced by the flat blade wipers with a low, aerodynamic profile that minimises noise and interference caused by air turbulence in addition to more efficient cleaning.

Seen from the side, the Fiat Doblò is typified by an essential lines seamlessly spanning along the bottom from the front to the rear wheel arch which give it strength and dynamism. Side mouldings are standard on all versions. The side is accented by shiny black door pillars, highly functional, compact wing mirrors, and a flushed side door sliding guide integrated in the body, typical of MPVs. The large side windows confer a feeling of brightness and ample interior space. The big sliding side doors making getting in and out easier. They are large enough to accommodate rear electric windows opening the entire surface of the window for the first time in its segment.

The generously-sized rear section immediately suggests a large loading volume and amount of available space. Distinctive and modern, the swing tailgate of the new Fiat Doblò has a sleek style and a large window. The Fiat logo is set in the middle, like a small jewel stone. A unique shiny black fascia splits the tailgate in two: the upper glass part and the lower metal part.

The rear lights are arranged vertically and have a crystal clear transparent part which puts the accent on brightness. Finally, the enveloping bumpers merge into the rear wheel arches on the side and into the tailgate on the upper part without protruding.

The interiors have also been designed with functionality in mind to create appealing, welcoming environments with different combination of colours, materials and trims. The new Fiat Doblò offers many smart solutions for making the best use of on-board space, such as an array of storage compartments and flexible interiors, with up to seven seats, to satisfy the needs of those who wants to enjoy their Fiat Doblò with family and friends. Also the dashboard and the handy roof shelf are designed to ensure top level ergonomics and driving comfort.

Finally, the boot is the largest in its class (from 790 to 3200 litres with the seats folded) and, according to version, may be equipped with a parcel shelf adjustable to two heights to configure the boot as needed. Specifically, up to 70 kg can be loaded on the parcel shelf set to the lower position.

Environment and economy

The Fiat Doblò will be launched with four engines with 5 or 6 speed gearboxes, all designed and made by FPT - Fiat Powertrain Technologies:

1.3 Multijet II 16v - 90 HP (Euro 4);
1.6 Multijet 16v - 105 HP (Euro 5);
2.0 Multijet 16v - 135 HP (Euro 5);
1.4 16v - 95 HP (Euro 5).
Furthermore, all engines of the new Fiat are fitted with the Start&Stop and a DPF anti-particulate filter (diesel engines only) as standard. The Start&Stop system temporarily stops the engine when stopped (e.g. at traffic lights) and then restarts it.

The Fiat Doblò is yet another step forward in sustainable transport by Fiat, once more ahead of the EEC regulation requiring new cars to comply with Euro 5 specifications only from 1 January 2011.

A Natural Power fitted with the new 1.4 16v - 115 HP dual fuel (petrol/methane) engine and a new diesel with robotized Dualogic gearbox will be available soon. Staying on the environmental theme, the new Fiat Doblò is fitted with an innovative feature, called eco:Drive. Using the USB port, this software program analyses driving style and helps cut fuel consumption and emissions.

1.3 Multijet 16v - 90 HP (Euro 4)

Developed and made by FPT - Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the 1.3 Multijet II - 90 HP belongs to the second generation of Multijet engines. These engines incorporate new common rail injectors with a balanced hydraulic servo-valve to more accurately control the amount of fuel injected into the combustion chamber, faster and more flexibly than in the past. This means more accurate combustion with benefits for consumption, emissions, NVH and driveability.

The new Common Rail injector implements IRS (Injection Rate Shaping) for modulating the fuel injection rate. This strategy allows fuel saving and reduced CO2 on a standard cycle by approximately 2%, with a NOx reduction of up to 30%.

Second generation Multijet engines are the most modern evolution of Common Rail technology. After the JTD (1997) and first generation Multijet (2003), the Multijet II secures yet another engineering triumph for Fiat Group Automobiles, anticipating future standards.

The Fiat Doblò's new 1.3 Multijet II - 90 HP is fitted with a variable geometry turbocharger for very wide usage range: with respect to its predecessor, the maximum torque of 200 Nm (+ 25%) is delivered at only 1500 rpm to ensure rapid pickup. The result is top-in-class fuel saving: only 4.9 litres for 100 km in combined cycle and a CO2 emission level of only 129 g/km. At the same time, the performance of the new Fiat Doblò engine is excellent: 156 km/h top speed and 15 seconds from 0 to100 km/h.

1.6 Multijet - 105 HP (Euro 5)

Compared to the tried and tested 1.9 JTDM 120 HP, the 1.6 Multijet is a significant step forward with improved performance, comfort, emissions and running costs in addition to considerable benefits: torque is higher by nearly 25% with equal power (1500 rpm). All this comes with much improved driveability, due above all to useful torque values delivered at low engine speeds. These aims were achieved by totally optimising combustion, which exploits the potential of the new injectors to the full.

Fitted with an electronically-controlled fixed geometry turbocharger, the 1.6 Multijet delivers an excellent absolute torque, which is even more appreciable considering the capacity of the engine: 290 Nm puts it right at the top of the performance charts for engines of 1.8 litres and smaller. If we then consider specific torque (i.e. divided by the cubic capacity) the 1.6 is the highest performing engine in the 200 HP category, with the sole exception of "supersport" engines. That is not all. Considering that the maximum torque (290 Nm) is delivered at just 1500 rpm, the revolutionary nature of the 1.6 Multijet with respect to present-day diesel engines is even more obvious: no other - not even a next-gen engine - can deliver such high torque with such low revs. With this equipment, the new Fiat Doblò has low CO2 emissions and fuel consumption (138 g/km and 5.2 litres/100 km on the combined cycle, respectively), top speed of 164 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 13.4 seconds.

Furthermore, the 1.6 Multijet needs less frequent servicing. As a result of the high quality level and the efforts spent on each component to further improve strength and efficiency, the 1.6 Multijet only needs one service every 35,000 km for perfect engine and vehicle efficiency. The results in terms of running cost reductions are evident: for example, this means one service less for distances of 90,000 km or 100,000 km, or a saving of scheduled servicing costs of 25%.

Finally, with an eye to environmental friendliness, the engine is Euro 5 approved and equipped with DPF and Start&Stop as standard. Furthermore, 1.6 Multijet - 105 HP implements state-of-the-art exhaust gas treatment technologies, such as a Close Coupled Diesel Particulate Filter and a built-in EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system to improve control of gas temperature and flow while guaranteeing lower emissions and reduced fuel consumption at the same time.

2.0 Multijet - 135 HP (Euro 5)

The 2.0 Multijet - 135 HP Euro 5 is the natural evolution of the tried and tested 1.9 Multijet - 120 HP from the point of view of performance (power +12% and torque +45% at 1500 rpm) and pollutant emissions (it is Euro 5 directive compliant). In particular, with a maximum torque of 320 Nm, it is best-in-class. These features translate into an outstanding driving experience and excellent performance (top speed of 179 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.3 seconds) with limited fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: 5.7 litres/100 km and 150 g/km on the combined cycle.

Various technical interventions were implemented on the engine to increase performance, engine torque at low speeds and reduce noise and vibrations. The 2.0 Multijet - 135 HP is supercharged by an electronically-controlled fixed geometry turbocharger which improves power and delivers high torque even at low engine speeds.

Furthermore, the emission control system includes an electrically-activated EGR valve, managed directly by the engine management system, the use of an exhaust gas recirculation cooling system and the same close coupled catalytic converter as the 1.6. Finally, the reliability of the 2.0 Multijet - 135 HP is the result of many specific tests carried out on the engine and on the single components throughout development.

1.4 16v - 95 HP (Euro 5)

Euro 5 compliant with low fuel consumption, the 1.4 16v - 95 HP engine is the ideal solution for urban use. The torque curve is very gradual from 1500 to 4000 rpm making it extremely flexible, for pleasantly smooth running and low fuel consumption (7.2 l/100 km on the mixed cycle).

Start&Stop system and Gear Shift Indicator

With respect for the environment and fuel economy still in mind, the new model implements a system called Start&Stop. Standard on all engines, this device temporarily stops the engine and restarts it to reduce fuel consumption and noise levels in the passenger compartment when activated. In these situations, which are typical of heavy traffic in urban areas and when stopped at traffic lights, when the control strategy permits, the system automatically cuts out the engine in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15% for an urban route and by 3.5 to 4% over an NEDC-type cycle.

Finally, the Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) combined with the Start&Stop system is a "co-pilot" that discreetly suggests when to shift gear, leading to more efficient use of the engine in terms of fuel consumption. By means of a signal on the instrument panel, the GSI may suggest shifting up a gear to make the engine burn a leaner mixture or shift down to make best use of the available torque.

The eco:Drive system

An innovative software program developed with Microsoft, called eco:Drive, is available to new Fiat Doblò drivers. The system uses the USB port to analyse the driving style helping the driver to optimise behaviour in terms of consumption and hence emissions.

Specifically, eco:Drive gathers information on vehicle efficiency and your driving styles as you drive. All data is sent through the USB port of the Blue&Me infotainment system to a standard USB key, which can then be read on a computer. You can then take a careful look at fuel consumption and emissions for each trip (and create your own eco:Index) and get tips on how to achieve a more eco-friendly driving style. You can actually improve your score by progressing through a series of tutorials: motorists who are keen on becoming more eco-responsible drivers can expect a 15% improvement in their driving style, which means cutting CO2 emissions by 15% and an annual fuel saving of 120 to 200 Euros.

Specifically for the eco:Drive system, the Fiat brand was recently nominated "Green Champion" by the Green Organisation, a group devoted to acknowledging, rewarding and promoting best environmental practices worldwide.

Safety

The Fiat Doblò is designed and built to achieve the highest levels of safety. It is the result of the many devices offered (standard or optional according to market or outfit) starting from those devoted to passive safety which equip the entire range: front airbags and next-generation side bags, which are larger in size with respect to traditional side bags for protecting both the head and the chest.

The road holding of the new Fiat Doblò is constant and predictable through the adoption of electronic dynamic control systems for braking and steering. There is the ABS system with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) and, above all, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) with Hill Holder to assist starting uphill (this is the only vehicle in its segment to have this function available across all engines).

Additionally, the new model has all the dynamic and comfort features that allow users to embark comfortably and safely on any journey. There is a powerful and effective braking system, tyres designed specifically for maximum comfort and safety, and the innovative suspension structure: independent-wheel McPherson type at the front and independent-wheel Bi-link with anti-roll bar at the rear. These are a state-of-the-art solution for improving comfort, road-holding and driveability, increasing roominess and on board space and lowering the loading threshold.

Furthermore, the Fiat Doblò is leader in insurance crash test ratings, which measure the extent of potential damage to a vehicle consequent to low speed collisions. In many European markets (first and foremost Germany and the UK), insurance premiums vary according to the rating attributed to the vehicle by insurance associations. The evaluation is based on the average costs for repairs and on the statistic frequency of accidents. This is an obvious advantage even when this does not mean paying smaller insurance premiums: anywhere in the world and for all customers, a lower damage potential means cheaper repair costs and is the result of clever design implemented to reduce wrecking and improving part disassembly and reassembly of parts.

The Fiat Doblò surrounds driver and passengers with technology that increases comfort and help keep the driver to focus on the road: this includes an automatic climate control system with distribution to rear seats, an MP3 stereo with controls on the steering wheel, cruise control, parking sensors, a built-in Blue&Me hands-free system and a "Blue&Me-TomTom" navigation system. The latter is a fully integrated infotainment system whose practical colour touch-screen allows you to manage phone calls, satellite navigation and all the driving information you need. The device is the result of a partnership between Fiat Group Automobiles and TomTom, the European leader in portable navigation systems, and integrates with the vehicle using the Blue&Me system developed with Magneti Marelli.

Blue&Me-TomTom is fixed in an easily accessible and safe position, from where it can still be removed for other purposes. The system is operated from controls on the steering wheel and by voice commands. An exclusive "Car Menu" displays information on the car and all connected devices:

all trip information on a single screen: distance travelled, consumption and range;
fuel reserve warning and directions to the nearest filling station;
places of interest, Fiat Group service centres and methane LPG filling stations;
management of the mobile phone connected to Blue&Me: calls, information, contacts and call log;
"eco:Drive Info": real-time information on your driving style and suggestions for reducing environmental impact and optimising consumption by changing gear and using the accelerator to suit the nature of the route.
Finally, the new Fiat will be available with Blue&Me, including hands-free with Bluetooth® interface and next-gen voice recognition, USB port, MP3 player, SMS interpreter. The innovative Blue&Me system has won prestigious international awards and been a real commercial success. Sales are fast approaching one million units, installed on various Fiat Group Automobiles models.

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