Major updates to the Daily range that won the International Van of the Year award in 2015 include, as the name suggests, Euro 6 emissions-compliant engines that also improve fuel economy by up to eight per cent over their predecessors.
The new four-cylinder engines are being offered in 2.3 and 3.0-litre capacities with power outputs up to 210hp and maximum torque of 347lbft. According to Iveco longer service intervals and more durable components will also cut repair and maintenance costs for operators.
Another key innovation showcased on Iveco’s stand at the National Exhibition Centre is the Daily Business Up smartphone app. This offers features designed to aid the van driver’s working day, including a driving style evaluation system, satellite navigation and an interactive user handbook for the vehicle.
The unit can also provide a 24-hour, seven-day a week connection to the Iveco Assistance Non-Stop roadside rescue centre, and also alerts vehicle operators to upcoming scheduled services.
Iveco is also using the show to premiere the latest version of its Daily Electric. Displayed in chassis-cab form, it debuts 30 years after the brand built its first electric vehicle.
The new Daily Electric has had its battery life increased by 20 per cent and is said to boast a range of up to 174 miles between charges. Drivers can choose between Eco and Power driving modes.
At the same time the payload capacity has been increased by 100kg, the Daily Electric available in van, chassis cab, chassis-cowl and minibus variants, with gross vehicle weights from 3.5 to 5.0 tonnes and wheelbase lengths from 3,000 to 4,100mm.
Also new is a 4-x4 version of the Daily, designed for deliveries to challenging locations. Displayed in dropside form, the 4×4’s specification includes a transfer box providing high, low and neutral drive ratios, 24 forward gears and four reverse gears.
Iveco, known equally globally for its HGV vehicles as it is for its light-commercial output, is notably the only truck manufacturer represented at the 2016 CV Show.
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