2012 Fiat Ducato: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 18, 2011

After three decades and five generations, the new Fiat Ducato will go on sale this month. With an extended line-up of all-new engines, the newest Ducato is less expensive to operate compared to the model it replaces. A new interior provides it with a lot more car-like cockpit while maintaining the Ducato’s trademark functionality.

With more variations than in the past, Fiat is providing the buyers of commercial vehicle a wide range of choices. The three power outputs from the previous Ducato’s three engines will be exchanged by four outputs from two engine capacities on the latest model.

With an array of 110, 130, 148 and 177bhp engines, customers have a chance to designate one that will precisely fit their needs. Whichever engine they choose, they can benefit from Fiat’s latest MultiJet technology and adhere to strict Euro 5 emissions legislation. It is also better than the engine it replaces and more affordable.

Moreover, it releases much less carbon dioxide emissions and provides longer service intervals. The new Ducato’s enhanced interior makes use of high quality materials that were previously alien to the commercial automobile sector. New seats indicate that the vehicle is more comfortable while a full re-design of the dash makes it more elegant. With this new sense of style comes enhanced functionality. The revamped dash panel now has a slot to fit in the Blue&Me TomTom LIVE satellite navigation unit. The built-in radio/CD and MP3 player not only looks smart but can support the latest generation of Blue&Me.

Vehicles specified with Blue&Me can also have eco:Drive Professional, which is a variant of Fiat’s award-winning eco:Drive Fleet. This allows drivers and fleet managers to keep track of how the automobiles are being operated as well as to modify habits accordingly to enhance economy and reduce expenses. There will be eight different capacities of van, ranging from eight to 17 m3.

However, the Ducato isn’t merely a van. The different lengths and Gross Vehicle Weights of the framework combined with the new engines give converters a massive choice of base vehicle for anything whether a minibus, a motorhome or even a flatbed truck. When sales are combined with its stablemates from PSA, the Fiat Ducato was the bestseller in the commercial automobile segment in Europe in 2010.

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