After a five year absence, the Fiat Professional Ducato has returned to New Zealand with the goal of becoming a leader in the commercial market.
Those familiar with past iterations of the model will be used to its looks which have now been enhanced with new LED headlights and refreshed bodywork including a new front grille and skid plates.
Two wheelbase options are on offer to Kiwi customers, the first of which being the Long Wheelbase (LWB) Mid Roof Van model which measures 5998mm in length, providing 13 cubic metres of cargo volume.
Also available is the Extra Long Wheelbase Mid Roof model at 6363mm long, giving users 15 cubic metres of space to transport cargo inside.
The new Ducato comes with a range of safety features such as forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, electronic stability control, as well as a suite of driver assistance systems like parking sensors and a reverse camera.
Inside, the interior has been refreshed with a redesigned dashboard and leather steering wheel, a new gear shifter, and door panels with storage compartments.
Occupant devices can also be charged wirelessly alongside wired charging via the double USB-A and USB-C ports. A 230-V power socket can also be found inside.
New digital instruments adjoin the tech fit out including a 3D satnav and a 7-inch Uconnect infotainment system.
The Tech Pack also adds automatic climate control, a 10-inch infotainment touch screen, wireless phone charging, keyless entry, electric folding mirrors, a 7-inch driver instrument display, and New Zealand satellite navigation maps.
Under the bonnet is a 130kW and 450Nm 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine compliant with Euro 6D standards connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the front wheels.
Pricing for the new Fiat Ducato starts from $69,990 plus ORC with test drives starting next month.