The FIAT brand is celebrating 40 years of its beloved Ducato commercial van this year. The Ducato has been the halo model for the FIAT Professional brand and is one of the most popular commercial vehicles in Europe. Thanks to its low operation cost and its ability to be available in a number of configurations such as a commercial van, a chassis cab, and a passenger van.
Although it may be a year for celebrating such a milestone, the FIAT team is hard at work on an updated Fiat Ducato for the 2022 model year. Our friends at GabetzSPYUnit have caught the newest version of the Ducato out testing on the streets of Europe.
While the exterior pretty much looks like a carryover from the current model, the Ducato will receive an updated front fascia with the FIAT logo being dumped in favor of the more modern F-I-A-T text we have seen on the brand’s recently updated and new vehicles around the globe. The rest of the vehicle looks identical to the current model on the outside.
On the inside of the 2022 Fiat Ducato is where it gets interesting. Looking closely through the windows of this test vehicle, we can clearly see a new dash design featuring upper and lower climate vents and a new Uconnect 5 information system, the first of its kind on a FIAT Professional vehicle. Sources have also indicated that the Ducato will also adapt the digital rearview mirror like the North American market 2021 Ram ProMaster van.
While we still don’t know if there will be any engine updates, we expect the recently launched electrified powertrain on the E-Ducato will carry over unchanged. The E-Ducato offers modular options for battery size, with ranges in a typical urban real delivery cycle from 200 km (124 miles) to over 330 km (250 miles) at standard environment conditions, depending on the battery pack, and a variety of charging configurations.
It also comes with high-potential performance with speed limited to 100 km/h or 62 mph (for improved energy absorption, maximum output of 90 kW (121 horsepower), and maximum torque of 280 Nm (207 ft.-lb. of torque). The new electric engine does not penalize the Ducato’s strengths either as E-Ducato offers best-in-class load volume from 10 to 17 m3 (or 353 to 600 cubic feet), with a similarly best-in-class payload of up to 1,950 kg (4,300 lbs).
We hope that these new updates will make their way to the 2022 Ram ProMaster van as well. The Ram ProMaster is due for an update for the 2022 model year as well. So stay tuned.
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