Fiat announces prices and specification for refreshed van line-up

Fiat has announced pricing and specification for its entirely revised van range, with order books now open.

The new line-up is offered with a simple choice of trims with two specification levels, the entry level named after the model – Fiat Doblo, Fiat Scudo or Fiat Ducato – and the higher level Primo.

The new Fiat Doblo has a new-look front end and the electric model has an upgraded battery pack. The electric Fiat E-Doblo comes equipped with a 50Kwh battery capable of travelling up to 205 miles on a full single charge and is powered by an electric motor producing 136PS and torque of 270Nm.

A 7.4kW on-board charger is standard with an optional 11kW alternative. At 100kW public charging stations the battery can be recharged 0-80% within 30 minutes. The Fiat E-Doblo also incorporates an ePTO, a useful electrical socket that allows customers to have power when needing to connect a tool, a mobile workshop, or any other power system up to 400v.

Diesel models use a 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine with a choice of 100PS or 130PS outputs. The 100PS model has a six-speed manual gearbox and the 130PS gets an eight-speed automatic.

All models have a 'Smart Phone Station' with capacity for up to 2 USB devices, DAB radio and Bluetooth along with driver assistance features such as Lane Keep Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and High Beam Assist.

The posher ‘Primo’ trim level includes a Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system, with 10-inch touchscreen and functionality for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The digital cluster of Primo is also enhanced with a larger 10-inch display.

Renewed interiors feature a new steering wheel and upgraded seat fabrics.

Pricing starts at £21,325 OTR (exc. VAT) for diesel variants, with the Fiat E-Dobl beginning at £26,205 (exc. VAT).

The mid-size Fiat Scudo also gets a new-look front end with full LED headlights and is available in two trim levels, Scudo and Primo. Both versions are offered with a choice of lengths – 4.96m or 5.31m – with a maximum cargo volume of 6.6 cubic metres.

The electric Fiat E-Scudo can travel up to 217 miles on a full charge and comes standard with a 7.4kW onboard charger, with an 11kW unit as an optional extra.

There are also two diesel engines – a 120PS 1.5-litre and a 145PS 2.0-litre. Both have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with an eight-speed auto offered as an option on the 2.0-litre.

Key features on entry level Scudo trim include selective door locking, advance emergency braking system and driver attention alert level 3. Additional features on Primo include Dynamic Surround View, with digital rear view mirror and lateral side view, front and rear park assist, flankguard detection of fixed obstacles, Visiopark 190, blind spot detection and foldable mirrors.

Interiors are refreshed with a new cluster, with digital display and 10-inch central touchscreen as standard. Pricing for the new Scudo starts at £27,780 (exc. VAT), while the new Fiat E-Scudo starts at £36,960 (exc. VAT).

The new Fiat Ducato is offered with a wheelbase of up to 4.04m and total length of 6.36m. Customers can choose from three different lengths, two wheelbases, three heights and a variety of body styles. Again, both diesel and electric models are offered.

The Fiat E-Ducato is powered by an electric motor producing 272PS and 410Nm of torque. Thanks to a new 110kWh battery, the Fiat E-Ducato can cover up to 261 miles on a single charge and is equipped as standard with a three-phase 11kW onboard charger. It is capable of charging at 150kW from a DC rapid charger, enabling a 0-80% charge in just 55 minutes.

Additional practicality is provided by a new, optional 230V socket, positioned in the centre of the dashboard. This helps to easily charge electrical devices such as laptops, electric tool batteries, tablets and other low power appliances that require electricity up to 150 Watts.

The Fiat Ducato is also available with a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine producing 140PS and paired with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox. A 180PS version can also be specified with the automatic gearbox only.

Standard safety systems include a rear-view parking camera, rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition and intelligent speed assist. The Fiat Ducato is also capable of level two autonomous driving (available on automatic models in conjunction with specific option packs).

Inside, the Fiat E-Ducato is fitted with a 10-inch touchscreen featuring fully integrated satellite navigation, voice recognition plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Meanwhile, the diesel versions feature a five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and DAB radio, combined with a 3.5-inch driver information display.

Pricing for the Fiat Ducato begins at £30,315 (exc. VAT), while  the FiatE-Ducato list price starts at £44,485 (exc. VAT and incl. Plug-in Van Grant).

Ask HJ

What MoT class is a campervan?

I have owned a Fiat Ducato panel van that was professionally converted to a camper van before it was first registered by the DOT. Its unladen weight is 2800 kg, gross weight is 3200 kg and it has always been MoT tested as a Class 4. A new MoT tester refused to test it saying that if its over 3000kg for the gross weight it's classed as MoT class 7 and as they can't test class 7. I would have to take it to a garage that does heavy vehicles and vans, have the MoT testing regulations changed ?
This is actually quite a grey area in terms of MoT testing. Technically, the MoT tester is correct insofar as vans with a gross weight (GVW) of 3000kg to 3500kg require a Class 7 MoT, but there is an exemption that exists allowing professionally converted motorhomes up to 3500kg GVW to be tested as Class 4 - if they are registered as motor caravans on the V5C registration document. This is at the discretion of the tester, though, as not all Class 4 MoT bays are large enough to accommodate such a vehicle. In reality the difference between Class 4 and Class 7 tests is negligible in terms of pricing and the items tested are broadly the same so you could get it tested at a Class 7 centre without too much hassle.
Answered by Craig Cheetham
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