New Fiat Doblo boasts bolder look, more economy


Fiat has unveiled the fourth-generation version of its Doblo Cargo compact van at the Hanover International Motor Show.

The newcomer, Fiat’s major release at Europe’s most important commercial vehicle event, will be in UK showrooms from mid 2015.

Highlights of the latest Doblo are a revised exterior, improvements in engine efficiency and the launch of Ecojet models designed to offer the best running costs in the range.

The major exterior changes are at the front end, which gains a sculpted bonnet, distinctive new headlamps and a new grille, to present a bolder look in line with Fiat’s latest design language. The front bumper, lower air intakes and fog light shrouds are made more car-like while the rear gains new and sleeker-looking light clusters.

The Doblo also debuts the new ‘FIAT Professional’ logo on its tailgate, which will appear on all the brand’s commercial vehicles in the future.

Improvements in running costs run across the key engines, the 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre turbodiesel units. Low-end torque figures on the 1.3-litre MultiJet II engine are better by 40 per cent compared to the outgoing model, making for more relaxed and efficient driving and livelier performance when needed.

Both the 90hp 1.3 MultiJet II and 105hp 1.6 MultiJet II engines are now being offered as EcoJet versions, with Start&Stop, low rolling-resistance tyres, low-viscosity oil, an ‘intelligent’ alternator, a variable-displacement oil pump and a new aerodynamic pack. This suite of measures boosts fuel economy to a stated maximum of 64mpg and cuts CO2 emissions to a minimum of 115g/km.

Fiat also intends to offer the Traction+ system on the new Doblo. Already seen in the Fiorino and Ducato models the system improves grip in poor conditions without going to the expense of the full 4×4 route.

The much-praised carrying ability of the Doblo remains, with payload capacity of up to one tonne, a five cubic metre load volume and a flat floor with minimal wheelarch intrusions.

European models of the Doblo will now be available with an optional third, central front seat but right-hand-drive versions retain the current, two-seat interior that Fiat says UK customers prefer for its ease-of-use and storage space.

The new Doblo Cargo range will be offered in four body styles, two roof height options and two wheelbase lengths. UK pricing and specifications are yet to be revealed.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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