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Upgraded Fiat Ducato: new engines and automatic

Ducato last few years, the leader in the LCV segment, sales in 12 countries of the European Union and in six ranks second. So when the time came the modernization of the Ducato, fitousi, following the logic of Aesculapius, tried not to hurt you.Yuriy Timkin “Behind the wheel”

Front-wheel drive chassis remained unchanged. The body was never touched. From the new — only the dark outline around the headlights. Stated that the replacement of light bulbs in the head light engineering is now less time consuming. And well, that left the front bumper of the three segments — such small lesions to restore cheaper and easier.

Important technical news — update 2.3‑liter turbo diesel MultiJet family 2. They got the system “Start-stop”, a turbine with variable performance, reinforced crankshaft and new software. The basic version now develops 120 HP and 320 N·m of torque (+10% previous). An intermediate option — it is 140 horsepower and 350 N·m (+9%). And the top-modification produces 178 HP and 400 N·m (+ 12 %) — behind powerful competitors eliminated.

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On the instrument panel appeared icon of the control system of the occupied bandwidth.On the instrument panel appeared icon of the control system of the occupied bandwidth.

The surcharge is now available multimediasystem with a seven-inch screen and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.The surcharge is now available multimediasystem with a seven-inch screen and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Salon has not changed. The number of pockets, shelves and niches beyond. The steering wheel is telescopic adjustable and sloping, like the truck – this landing not everyone will like it.Salon has not changed. The number of pockets, shelves and niches beyond. The steering wheel is telescopic adjustable and sloping, like the truck – this landing not everyone will like it.

USB connectors there is no drawback — the cabin they spread out six.USB connectors there is no drawback — the cabin they spread out six.

The main Novosel near the driver — machine selector. First offered only mechanics.The main Novosel near the driver — machine selector. First offered only mechanics.

Main event: alternatively, 6-speed mechanics now offer the machine (base motor it is not combined), but not anyhow what, and a 9-speed! This is a serious step because the Ford Transit (the main competitor) in the two pedal drive option is not available.

Business owners will surely enjoy the online Fleet Manager application that will work in Russia. It allows you to monitor machine location, fuel level in the tank and so on. Knowing about this program, the designated driver hardly dare to cheat.

The surcharge is now available advanced multimedia with a 7-inch screen and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus a clutch of auxiliary electronics: monitoring systems of blind zones, warning when leaving the Parking lot in reverse, the warning about leaving the lane, and traffic sign recognition. Before Autonomous driving is still far, but what there is, is a big help. Check for yourself.

For travel pass!

Of a long series of assorted versions Ducato I liked the gray-blue nine-seater minibus with the most powerful engine with the automatic transmission. Open the door, and I burn hot like a sauna, air — during a presentation in Turin was standing in 35‑degree heat.

First, what pleases Ducato – a huge opening, covered with a sliding side gate. You come to full growth! All seats here are separate. Plenty of room in all directions. With the comfort and amenities are also fine: in the ceiling above the second and third rows provided the deflectors climate control, raft — Cup holders and over the Windows are drawn big shelves. In this car I’m happy would a passenger in any tour.

To enter the room, you will not have to bend in a bow.To enter the room, you will not have to bend in a bow.

You have a big company? In any minivan she wouldn’t be so at ease.You have a big company? In any minivan she wouldn’t be so at ease.

Ten suitcases and bags easily fit in the trunk, and still room left.Ten suitcases and bags easily fit in the trunk, and still room left.

But the seats!.. Not only that, deprived of the sled, not pull them without a tool from the salon. And suddenly need to quickly increase the volume of the trunk? However, I can’t imagine that the cubic capacity of someone not satisfied: from the rear doors to the seats of the third row — more than a meter. Doors, by the way, double-leaf, swing — the optimal solution for machines in this class.

Sitting behind the wheel, started to count the number of boxes, holders, pockets and shelves, but quickly got lost — do not count! Order to maintain ideal, with the acts in one place, invoices in another, trips in the third. Like large composite side mirrors. The upper and lower parts can be adjusted individually. But in the salon mirror there is little to see — stopping palisade head restraints. It is hard to resist, not to say: “fare share!”.

Driver’s seat with a comfortable profile and a good depreciation on the bumpy road doesn’t shake and jiggle impressively.Driver’s seat with a comfortable profile and a good depreciation on the bumpy road doesn’t shake and jiggle impressively.

So nice! To get back, second-row passengers to bother don’t have to.So nice! To get back, second-row passengers to bother don’t have to.

The stiffness of the suspension seat can be adjusted according to the weight of the driver.The stiffness of the suspension seat can be adjusted according to the weight of the driver.

In the passenger compartment along the left side are drawn a convenient shelf.In the passenger compartment along the left side are drawn a convenient shelf.

Near Ducato minivans-sized Volkswagen Sharan — that Beagle in the background of the Saint Bernard. But no problem even in the city. Dimensions feel perfect, sensitive brakes, good traction on the bottoms. Still a wheel short. However, the 3.9 turns from lock to lock due to the specific machine — kazaliste certainly presenterat arm-the Twister.

But hazelstar never dreamed of such dynamics! The machine makes life easier in the urban bustle, although frankly tends to drive economical and at the slightest opportunity goes to the highest transmission. To go boldly, we have to push on the pedal from the heart.

Passengers complain of bumps (roads here are really not ideal), but I feel good: the driver’s seat with optional cushion does the job. In the cabin is noisy — can hear creaking on bumps the rear door. Here in the van (I have prohvatit literally ten minutes) with the partition separating the cockpit and cargo compartment, as quiet as in a good passenger car. And the smoothness is higher, but this comparison is invalid: to simulate a load in the van, dumped half a ton of marble chips.

My van base 120‑horsepower engine and mechanics. Great couple! Pull — in bulk. I specifically hooked up a few times in second gear without touching the accelerator, and never stalled. Hearty and on the freeway. And how cool is configured to grip as accurately and clearly shift gears, even did not think that driving a commercial machine can be fun.

In General, the 140‑strong version you can take when you have extra money or need to travel frequently with a full load. And in the 178‑strong makes sense only if you desperately need the machine.

The updated Ducato will appear in Russia toward the end of the year. Prices are not announced yet, but they promise to keep at the current level — 1 919 000 rubles. Leading sales in Transit (1 887 000) — only manual transmission. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (2 645 000) and Volkswagen Crafter (2 343 600 rubles) is significantly more expensive. So the Ducato has a chance to occupy a unique position in the segment.

Minibus is just one of the many versions of the Ducato.Minibus is just one of the many versions of the Ducato.

Fiat Ducato

Length / width / height / base 5413 / 2050 / 2524 / 3450 mmNumber of seats 8 + 1weight / total weight 2425 / 3300 kgEngine diesel, P4, 16 valves, 2287 cm3; 130 kW / 178 HP at 3500 rpm and 450 N·m at 1500 Rev/minFuel/fuel diesel fuel/90 lfuel Consumption: fuel consumption combined of 8.1 l/100 kmDriveline front-wheel drive; A9

The BUS

The updated Ducato shown in the modification of electric traction. While it’s a prototype. In Europe, the production version will start selling in the next year, and in Russia do not wait for him.

The Italians plan to install traction batteries two versions — energy 47 and 79 kW·h. In the first case, the reserve will be 220 km, and the second is 360 km. the Stated capacity of the electric motor 90 kW, torque of 280 N·m. On dispersal to hundred will require 20 seconds, maximum speed limited to 100 km/h.

Upgraded Fiat Ducato: new engines and automatic

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Upgraded Fiat Ducato: new engines and automatic

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