- Wide selection of vans and van conversions on display
- Highlights include Ducato ambulance and Doblo panini van
- Still no info on updated Talento engine range and facelift
There are no exciting new vans or pickups on the Fiat Professional stand at the CV Show 2019, but the firm has brought a large selection from its current line-up to display at the UK’s biggest commercial vehicle show – each finished ‘in the style of a trade or business’.
Here’s a full run-down of what’s on display.
Fiat Doblo Cargo panini van and lawn treatment van
Not the same vehicle, obviously.
It has a large load area, great, 1.0-tonne payload capacity (it’s still among the best in the small van sector for this) and a wide choice of engines. The ergonomics are good, too, while prices start at £14,090 (excluding VAT).
The lawn treatment van actually belongs to one of Fiat’s fleet customers, Green Thumb.
Fiat Fiorino Sportivo delivery van
Sportivo is the range-topping trim choice, while the delivery van livery is intended to demonstrate its potential for lightweight door-to-door courier duties. Max payload is 610kg and max load volume is 2.8 cubic metres.
Fiorino prices start at £12,595 (excluding VAT).
Fiat Talento painter and decorator van
This is no bad thing, as both vans offer a great driving experience, comfortable ride and some efficient engines – not to mention a selection of clever cab interior features that help this van function as a mobile office as well as a method of hauling goods and trades around.
Only thing is, the Trafic has just been given a makeover for 2019 that may look mild but includes a brand new set of 2.0-litre engines – which are more economical and more powerful than the 1.6-litre motors they replace. As yet there’s been no similar announcement for the Talento…
Prices for the current Fiat model start at £20,795 (excluding VAT).
Fiat Ducato ambulance and one-way tipper
The Ducato may be getting on a bit, but it remains a popular choice of large van with exceptional versatility – as well as the tipper and ambulance models on display, this big Fiat has also proved an enormous hit with the campervan and motorhome community, for example.
It offers class-leading payload and fuel economy (at least on paper), and is still available with a large 2.3-litre motor when many more modern competitors have switched to 2.0-litre engines.
The Ducato ambulance is particularly interesting, because it demonstrates a Low-Floor Al-Ko chassis with a lightweight VCS body conversion. There’s air suspension to reduce the access height, an integrated ramp and external stowage lockers. The interior lighting is LED for added brightness and durability.
The ambulance also comes complete with a 100,000-mile three-year warranty, 31,000-mile service intervals. Pricing is only available on request, however.
Basic Ducato panel van pricing starts at £23,770 (excluding VAT).