New look for Fiat’s Doblo van range


Fiat dealers have opened order books for the new Doblo van range.

The latest version of the compact van line-up includes exterior changes, improvements to engines and new eco variants.

Both the big-selling 1.3 and 1.6-litre tubodiesels have had their low-end torque figures boosted to improve responsiveness – the case of the 1.3 by 40% – and improve efficiency by up to 12%.

Both 89bhp 1.3 and 104bhp 1.6 units are also now available as EcoJet models, which add Start&Stop, low rolling-resistance tyres, low-viscosity oil, an ‘intelligent’ alternator, a variable-displacement oil pump and a new aerodynamic pack to improve economy further.

In this form customers can choose a Doblo returning official fuel economy figures of up to 64mpg and CO2 emissions of only 115g/km.

The exterior redesign adopts the new styling language first seen on the larger Ducato, with a more sculpted bonnet, new headlamps and a more distinctive grille.

Bumpers, light clusters and air intakes are all change to look sleeker and more car like.

There are no visual changes to the cabin but the driver’s environment is improved by a lighter, more fluid clutch action and a shorter more positive gear change, together with a cut in noise thanks to extra soundproofing.

New on the options list are a module for vehicle telematics, a power-folding door mirror and DAB preparation for aftermarket audio systems. Fiat’s much-praised Traction+ system will also soon be offered – it improves traction on low-grip surfaces, such as snow or mud, without increasing the weight of the vehicle, so avoiding the increased running costs associated with full 4×4 systems.

The new FIAT Doblo Cargo range ranges across four body styles, two roof height options and two wheelbase lengths, with five engines, from 89 to 134bhp, and four trim levels – Standard, EcoJet, SX and Tecnico.

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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