Iveco has launched an updated version of its well-established Daily model, promising enhanced connectivity, updated engines, pneumatic suspension and 6% fuel savings on previous models.
The new Daily was launched in an online event, as the Italian manufacturer continues the update and refresh of its commercial vehicle portfolio. The Daily has been on the road for more than 40 years, but this new version has been designed with a focus on the changing needs of the industry, such as for connectivity and efficiency.
One of the innovations on the Daily is AIR-PRO pneumatic suspension, which continuously adapts to the condition of usage to deliver a smooth and safe ride for driver and load. The exclusive AIR-PRO Continuous Damping Control (CDC) unit reacts almost instantly to road disturbances, calculating every 10 milliseconds the ideal pressure on each shock absorber to deliver the best dynamic reaction. This lowers vibrations by 25%, according to Iveco.
The AIR-PRO intelligent system also adapts to the driver’s requirements and puts them in control of the suspension’s behaviour. They can choose to prioritise comfort with the Soft setting; select Load to optimise handling and roll control in full load conditions; or leave it to the system’s self-adapting parameters with the Auto setting. The AIR-PRO suspension adapts to the vehicle load, reducing the roll angle by 30% in bends.
In addition, the AIR-PRO suspension has been designed to make loading and unloading easy and efficient, by adjusting the height of the vehicle chassis in less than 10 seconds. A memory function also enables the operator to memorise the alignment with usual loading bays.
Iveco Driver Pal
The Daily also features vocal and digital driver companion Iveco Driver Pal, which enables the driver to bring their digital life on board, interact with their vehicle and the driving community, and access Iveco’s connected services through voice commands via Amazon Alexa.
Iveco Driver Pal offers skills developed with AWS Professional Services and Alexa Auto team. The first, MYIVECO, enables the driver to check the health status of the vehicle, set and manage the navigation system, request assistance if needed, and ask for driving style tips to save fuel and travel safely.
It also enables easy access to the Iveco ON connected services developed to support the customers’ business proactively and effectively.
The second skill is MYCOMMUNITY, which puts the driver in communication with the driver community. They can exchange advice and ask for help to avoid unplanned stops and delays with information about traffic congestion and other disruptions. Automatic translation resolves any language barrier.
New manual transmission
The new Daily introduces a new 6-speed manual transmission. Iveco has coupled the 2.3-litre engine with the same clutch as the 3.0-litre engine, improving robustness and increasing durability by up to 18%, the company says. In addition, the new transmission will require no oil change, as the interval has been extended to 350,000km, contributing to a further reduction in maintenance and repair costs of up to 4%.
New memory foam seats
Inside the cockpit, Iveco has brought in new seats to the Daily, featuring memory foam in the central pads of the cushion, backrest and headrest – a first for vans, Iveco say. The foam moulds to the body, distributing the weight evenly, reducing pressure peaks by up to 30%.
Meanwhile, the side sections have been thickened with 15mm of high-density foam to improve lateral containment, enhancing safety and the driving experience. Taller people will be more comfortable the 20mm longer and 15mm thicker front cushion, which provides better support for their longer legs. The seat side carter and levers have been redesigned to make it easier to get on and off the vehicle, ideal for door-to-door and parcel delivery missions that require frequent exits.
Extensive engine line-up
The Daily offers two engines: the 2.3-litre F1A with power ranging from 116hp to 156hp (available in light- and heavy-duty homologation), and the 3.0-litre F1C with power ratings from 160hp to 207hp. The 2.3-litre F1A engine achieves up to 6% fuel savings in WLTP cycle compared to the previous model. The new manual transmission has enabled a torque increase of up to 15%, improving the Daily’s performance in demanding applications and enhancing its versatility for body builds with PTO requirements. The Daily’s 3.0-litre CNG engine delivers 136hp and 350Nm torque.
In addition, the Daily complies with Euro 6-D Final and Euro VI-E standards, achieving Conformity Factor 1 (CF=1) ahead of regulations, meaning it meets the emissions limits in real conditions and for the life of the vehicle. It uses a double SCR after-treatment system that has been entirely redesigned to occupy the same spaces as in the previous models.
Thomas Hilse, Iveco brand president, said the Daily: “Brings on board best-in-class comfort and safety, extraordinary flexibility and mission focus, together with a substantial TCO reduction and a constantly expanding portfolio of Iveco ON services,” he said.
Davide Diana, Iveco light business line director, added: “Every Daily generation has set new standards [and] today, the Daily leads the European chassis cab sector and, with the Daily 7-ton version, the high-payload sub-segment. It is true to its sustainability vocation, being the point of reference in alternative-fuel LCVs.
“The New Daily enters the LCV market in a year where it is expected to rise to the highest level in history. Registrations have consistently grown over the last three quarters, with Iveco following the same trend.”