- No Adblue tank needed
- New 2.0-litre engine introduced
- 3.0-litre replaced by high output 2.3-litre
Fiat Professional has announced that its Ducato large van will be using EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) technology only to achieve the Euro 6 emission standard, which comes into law in September 2016.
So far, the Italian company is the only manufacturer not to use SCR (selective catalytic reduction), and will therefore not require the addition of AdBlue solution.
Instead, Fiat is using an enhanced version of EGR, called Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LPEGR), which draws exhaust gases downstream of the turbocharger and returns them upstream of the compressor to reduce emissions.
Using LPEGR requires fewer components and no AdBlue tank, which means the payloads of the Euro 6 Fiat Ducato aren’t affected as much as its competitors.
The entry-level 110hp output on the 2.3-litre engine has been replaced by a new 2.0-litre engine, which produces 115hp and 290Nm, while there is no difference in performance on the 130hp/320Nm version and the torque on the 150hp output increases from 350Nm to 380Nm.
The flagship 3.0-litre engine has been replaced by a new power rating on the 2.3-litre. The maximum outputs of 180hp and 400Nm remain the same, although the power and torque bands are narrower.
Despite already being the most fuel-efficient van in its class, the engineers at Fiat Powertains (FPT) have managed to improve the fuel economy.
The new 2.0-litre 115hp output achieves 47.9mpg on the combined NEDC cycle, an improvement of around seven percent compared with its predecessor. Meanwhile, the 130hp, 150hp and 180hp versions all achieve 46.3mpgon the combined cycle.
Pricing and availability
Euro 6 versions of the Fiat Ducato with LPEGR are available to order from Fiat Professional dealers now, and are priced from £21,445 plus VAT, which represents a price increase of around £1,000.
First deliveries are expected to arrive at dealerships around August or September 2016.
There’s very little to dislike about the Fiat Ducato: it’s the most fuel-efficient van in its class, and now offers the greatest payload.
It also has a wide range of bodystyles and engines, and it’s very comfortable, too.
However, many operators are put off by the badge and, as a result, it suffers from the worst residual values in its class, despite featuring a number of times in the FN50 list of most reliable light commercial vehicles.