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FIAT & FIAT Professional Releases Its New Doblò & E-Doblò Vans!

Could This Be The Future Ram ProMaster City?

The FIAT and FIAT Professional brands showed off their newest version of the Doblò and E-Doblò vans. Thanks to ingenious and innovative solutions that make driving in the city less stressful and much safer, the new Doblò is in fact the ideal partner for families in the passenger version and the suitable vehicle for all the demands of professional workers in the van version. 

The new Doblò and E-Doblò vans also play an important role for the RAM Commercial brand, as the ProMaster City is based on the Doblò. The newest version hints at what is in store for the Ram Commercial brand and its North American offerings.

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With the launch of the new E-Doblò, the FIAT Commercial brand continues its path towards electrification. FIAT is aiming for a fully-electric lineup by 2024, and to offer nothing but an all-electric lineup by 2027. Furthermore, the new E-Doblò hits a double milestone: it is the third electric model for FIAT, following the debut 500e and E-Ulysse, and is the third electric vehicle for FIAT Professional, after E-Ducato and E-Scudo.

The new Doblò will be available in two lengths and three different configurations (Van, Crew Van, and Combi) and offers a wide range of engines capable of satisfying any needs. 

Close attention was given to the vehicle’s comfort during the design phase to consider the needs of professionals who use their vehicle eight or more hours a day. The goal is to offer a stress-free work experience with sound insulation and suspension designed to reduce bumps and vibrations.

The fully-electric E-Doblò offers a best-in-class payload of up to 800 kg (1,763 lbs.) on both wheelbase lengths. The internal combustion engine (ICE) powered Doblò can reach up to 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) of load capacity. Available in both long-wheelbase and short-wheelbase versions, Doblò is ready for any contingency: the long-wheelbase version reaches a maximum volume of 4.4 m3 (156.4 ft3) thanks to the Magic Cargo feature. The Crew Van’s long-wheelbase body allows unique modularity between seat and cargo space, thanks to a sliding bulkhead, which enables to modulate cargo space or passenger seating as needed.

Three ICE powertrains are available: a 1.5-liter BlueHDi inline-four-cylinder turbodiesel offered with either 100 horsepower (only available with a 5-speed manual), 130 horsepower version of the 1.5-liter offered with their the manual, or 8-speed automatic transmission, and a gasoline turbocharged 1.2-liter inline-three-cylinder delivering 110 horsepower and 250 Nm (184 ft.-lb.) of torque.

The new E-Doblò is equipped with a 100 kW electric motor and a 50kWh battery that allows more than 280 km (173 mi) of autonomy, in the WLTP cycle. The new E-Doblò reaches a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and up to 260 Nm (265 ft.-lb.) of maximum torque. Plus, the zero-emissions version offers one-of-a-kind flexibility to the customer and a best-in-class charging capability, thanks to the “Quick Charge Mode” up to 100 kW, which allows charging in direct current 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes.

The E-Doblò allows the driver can choose between different modes (Normal, Eco, and Power). Each mode modifies the vehicle’s driving response, enhancing and optimizing the vehicle performance: “Normal” is recommended for driving in regular traffic; “Eco” improves its fuel economy and “Power” improves the peak power of the vehicle. The E-Doblò’s battery pack did not cause any structural changes, allowing the E-Doblò to be equipped with the same dimensions, features, and configurations as the standard ICE models.

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In the passenger version, the new E-Doblò will be able to accommodate the whole family’s needs (“furry friends” included), thanks to its spaciousness and versatility and to its towing capacity of 750 kg (1,653 lbs). A magical place for looking out onto the city, the E-Doblò can be equipped, on request, with an opening back window on the tailgate (Magic Window).

To further enhance its versatility, the Doblò will feature the Magic Top, a windowed roof that provides more room for the storage compartments as well by a transparent shelf and a rear roof case, which is accessible both from inside and outside the vehicle. And the optional Magic View feature makes parking easy thanks to the 180° camera, which provides a full view of what’s directly behind the vehicle. An 8-inch infotainment system will come standard.

The new Doblò is equipped with active safety and security systems, that assist the customer while driving, allowing them to safely enjoy the journey. The model offers a full package, 17 in total, of safety features and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), which place it at the top of the segment. The Passenger version comes standard with automatic traffic signal recognition, active emergency braking, lane keep assist, and driver attention alert.

In order to offer the best performance and greater traction in every condition like snow, mud, or sand, the Doblò in its Van version is equipped with a Grip Control System, while the Hill Descent Control system allows for the perfect control of the vehicle in the case of gradients of more than 3%. Lastly, the head-up display provides the driver with the most important information without getting distracted by the road; meanwhile, the front and rear parking sensors and the rear camera allow the easiest and safest parking.

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The E-Doblò will feature a special launch edition model that will include the Magic Window roof bars, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and an exclusive Mediterraneo Blue exterior color. The complete lineup will be available later this summer.

The Doblò and E-Doblò will be built at the Stellantis Vigo Assembly Plant in Spain and based on the successful K9 architecture. The K9 architecture underpins vehicles like Citroën Jumpy (Dispatch), Citroën SpaceTourer, Peugeot Traveller, Peugeot Partner, Toyota ProAce (ProAce Verso), Opel Vivaro (Opel Zafira Life), Vauxhall Vivaro, Fiat Scudo (Ulysse), and their electrified options.

 

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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This is the compact professional/commercial van Ram needed to make major inroads in its segment. The previous Ram City was really dated but now it displays ingenious design, practical features, cutting edge power trains and more attractive styling. Urban contractors will be drawn in numbers to this much better package worthy now more than ever of the Ram brand. Good job!

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This is the compact professional/commercial van Ram needed to make major inroads in its segment. The previous Ram City was really dated but now it displays ingenious design, practical features, cutting edge power trains and more attractive styling. Urban contractors will be drawn in numbers to this much better package worthy now more than ever of the Ram brand. Good job!

I doubt this van will make it stateside, because it is not compliant to our safety and emissions laws. This van is not as robust as the current Ram PMC, which is restricted in sales by manufacturing capacity. The Ram PMC was a favorite for contractors. It has class leading performance and fuel economy, bettering the soon discontinued Chevy and Ford offerings. The PSA van doesn't offer cab-chassis, box, or Work-up versions. This new van is more the equivalent of the discontinued Ram C/V, which was simply a cargo van converted from a MPV.

The power trains offered are not leading edge. The PSA three cylinder is the gasoline fueled offering. The FCA three and four cylinders are newer much better designs. The battery electric version is contracted out and not installed on the line.

The Ram ProMaster Rapid is too small to be a player here north of the Rio Grande, but shows one way forward for a PMC replacement for North America. The rumored mid-size Ram for Latin America could readily duplicate the Ram 700 pickup/ ProMaster Rapid van platform mates in a larger size.

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