LThe Ducato is one of the most popular and successful products in the Fiat commercial vehicle range, designed in collaboration with Peugeot and Citroën and produced at the Sevel plant in Italy. The utility vehicle has already sold more than 3.5 million units in more than 80 countries around the world and of course it would not escape the current situation, so along with the expected – and important – renewal, it recently also released a 100% electric variant in Europe. The strange thing is that this version is also in the plans of the brand for our region, more precisely for Brazil.
According to our colleagues at Autos Segredos, the Italian company plans to complete the new eScudo and eDucato towards the end of the year, while also completing the large utility vehicle portfolio and incorporating the facelift it received late last year in the Old Continent.
The redesign is visible and very simple: the headlights were partially updated – with the same format but a new interior design and light signature -, a new grille and bumper. In profile it received new alloy wheels and small tweaks to the rear lights.
Inside, the air vents were updated, now with chrome details, a new steering wheel, new instruments – a mix of analog and digital – were introduced, as well as a new 10-inch touch screen for the multimedia system. The door panels were also redesigned, which now have more storage capacity, and have digital climate control, USB type A and C ports, 230V socket, reversing camera, power steering and electronic brake.
Of course, the main novelty is its mechanics, especially in the case of the e-Ducato: it is powered by an electric motor that produces no less than 270 HP (200 kW) and 41.8 kgm of torque, fed by a pack of lithium-ion batteries capable of of 110 kWh, which can reach a distance of up to 420 km according to the WLTP cycle. When refueling, you can use 11 kW alternating current or up to 150 kW direct current chargers, which you can complete charging in just 55 minutes.
In addition, it has three driving modes, Eco, Normal and Power, as well as several levels of regenerative braking, which can be controlled from the paddles located behind the steering wheel. The new electric architecture also allowed the arrival of driving assistance systems such as autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign reader, lane keeping assistant and cruise control.
It is worth noting that in April last year, Fiat presented in Brazil the previous update of the Ducato, which put it in line with its sisters from Peugeot and Citroën. Technically, the Ducato also renewed its engine, including a 2.2 turbodiesel -from Ford-, which produces 140 HP and 340 Nm of torque, linked to a 6-speed gearbox. It adds urea injection, the Start&Stop system and, according to the Italian company, promises to reduce fuel consumption by around 13%, reaching a performance of 10 km / l in urban use and 9.9 km / l on the road.
In neighboring countries, the range of utility vehicles will be made up of five versions, two cargo vehicles -Cargo, with a capacity of 11.5m3 and MaxiCargo with 13m3-, Multi (a featured vehicle of 13m3) and two passenger variants -Confort and Executive- . Currently this update and the electronic version are not available in Argentina.