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The Fiat Ducato is a larger alternative to the manufacturer's Scudo and Doblo commercial vehicles and one that offers all the same flexibility and functionality. You can choose between the Goods Transport, Passenger Transport and Conversion variants to take ownership of the perfect model for your personal or commercial requirements.
The large Ducato has a confident presence on the road and always makes a great first impression. Its functional exterior is also modern and stylish with slim headlights that include the option for LED technology. The front bumper can be selected with a body-coloured finish or in durable black plastic. It comprises four separate components which can be removed individually, meaning quicker and more cost-effective repairs should any damage occur.
Three wheelbase lengths across the range further the Ducato's practicality. In panel van guise the vehicle boasts a load volume of up to 17,000 litres. Meanwhile the Dropside Truck can carry up to 8,500 litres when you select the 4035L wheelbase. The Passenger Transport options seats as many as seven people yet it still includes a 3.60-metre load compartment when items are stored between the seats.
Technology heightens the model's usefulness, with plenty of on-board features included as standard or as an option. At no extra cost the cabin is fitted with a Bluetooth radio which enables you to receive calls hands-free. A personal music player can also be linked up with the system via USB or auxiliary input to put you in charge of the entertainment. Fiat's optional UConnect multimedia radio delivers an engaging experience through its five-inch LCD colour touchscreen. It allows you to manage music and telephone functions via steering wheel controls and monitor the rear of the vehicle when reversing if the video camera is fitted.
A selection of Fiat's carefully engineered MultiJet engines power the Ducato and have been chosen to suit the function of each shape. Both the Goods Transport and Passenger Transport variants are offered with engines ranging from the 110hp 2.3-litre with 300Nm of torque up to the 3.0-litre 177hp unit with 400Nm of torque. The largest has enough muscle to accelerate confidently even with masses of goods at the rear or when every seat is occupied. The Ducato Conversion can be fitted with a 130hp MultiJet or a 157hp 3.0-litre powertrain that produces an impressive 400Nm of torque at 1600rpm.
The Ducato's safety helps to strengthen its position as one of the best in the class. All models come with Servotronic power steering which reduces the effort needed to turn and makes the steering more precise at higher speeds. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) combines many active systems including traction control (ASR) which prevents the wheels from slipping. There's also a Hill Holder function that stops the van from rolling when you release the brake to pull away.
The Ducato is an excellent workmate for any business and is available today from Glyn Hopkin Fiat. Get in touch with the team at your local dealership site for further details and to arrange a test drive.