Iveco has launched a new version of its Daily van. The Daily is aimed at transport professionals and, like a truck, is built on a steel chassis enabling it to come in some 3,000 different configurations from vans to chassis-cabs and mini-buses.
The styling of the cab is by Georgetto Giugiaro and is notable for the raised bumper which offers greater vehicle protection.
The Daily has two engines at Euro 4 – a 2.3 litre at 96, 1167 and 136 hp and a three litre at 146 or 176 hp. The engines are a common rail EGR design. There is a choice of five or six-speed manual gearboxes or a six-speed automatic. Iveco says fuel consumption should be comparable with previous models as improved aerodynamics generally offset the slightly less fuel efficient engine.
There is also a CNG-engine available. And Iveco is promising a hybrid diesel/electric version which, it reckons, could cut fuel consumption by 25 per cent.
Internally, the cab layout has been redesigned with a dashboard-mounted gearchange which is not only easier to use but makes cross-cab access much better.
In the UK the new Daily is expected to be available from June, but bulk deliveries will start in September. Chris Thorneycroft-Smith, managing director of Iveco in the UK said prices would be set about one per cent higher that the previous model but a lot of add-ons would come as standard.