Fiat launches facelifted Doblo

Fiat has launched the facelifted Doblo Cargo at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany. The updated Doblo Cargo will be available from early 2015 and features a fresh new front, with revised headlights, grille and bumpers. The engine range has also been revamped, with up to 40 per cent more torque and improved economy. 

The cabin of the facelifted Doblo Cargo features a restyled dashboard, with a new steering wheel, improved plastics and a larger glovebox. Interior space has also been increased, with larger door bins and the choice of three seats. As well as seating an extra person with the optional bench seat, the Doblo Cargo can also transform in to a mini office, with the centre seat providing a flat table when folded.

As well as improving interior comfort, Fiat has upgraded the infotainment system with the option of its new Uconnect system with five-inch colour touchscreen, integrated navigation system and DAB.

Load capacity remains largely unchanged, with the entry level model capable of carrying a payload of up to one tonne, while load volume remains an impressive 5.3m3. However, a new independent bi-link rear suspension has been added to improve ride comfort and road handling.

The engine line-up for the UK Doblo Cargo is still to be confirmed, but we can reveal that the facelifted model will get the familiar 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre turbo diesel Multijet engines, with enhanced torque and fuel economy. Fiat has reworked both units and the 1.3-litre engine has 40 per cent more torque, with greater acceleration across the rev range.

The 90PS 1.3 MultiJet and 105PS 1.6 MultiJet II engines will also available as an EcoJet version, with considerably reduction fuel consumption and emission levels, thanks to the use of the start/stop system, low rolling resistance tyres and improved aerodynamics. All of this makes it possible to achieve a claimed 64mpg and 115 g/km of CO2. However until the UK specs are announced, we cannot confirm if the EcoJet Doblo Cargo will make it to British dealers.

But safety kit will be improved across the board, with upgraded ABS, stability control, hill-hold assist and front airbags and front side bags, which protect both head and chest. 

Fiat say the UK specs for the Doblo Cargo will be announced in the next few weeks, with deliveries commencing in early 2015.