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Ordering For The Updated Fiat Ducato Commercial Is Now Open!

Updated Interior, Engine Lineup, ADAS, and Uconnect 5...

The FIAT Professional brand is continuing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its halo vehicle, the Fiat Ducato. While the Ducato full-size commercial van is the best-selling light commercial vehicle and motorhome chassis in the European marketplace, FIAT Professional is ready to unveil its mid-cycle action (MCA) of its Ducato to the public. 

New Fiat Ducato. (FIAT Professional).

With the recent introduction of the electrified E-Ducato (the first full-electric vehicle in the FIAT Professional brand), many people would assume that there wouldn’t be a lot of new news for the Ducato going into the 2022 model year. Sure, we have seen prototypes running around Europe with what looks like a new grille design and an updated interior, but new details are showing us that the Ducato improvement is more than just skin deep.

New Fiat Ducato. (FIAT Professional).

The new Ducato will receive a new lineup of Multijet3 turbodiesel engines going into the next model year. The new engines are designed to comply with the Euro 6D-Final regulations and expand the lineup’s more Heavy Duty offerings. Based on the new H3 power architecture proprietary to Stellantis, the third-generation Multijet3 engines offer improvements in efficiency by reducing the weight (for the benefit of the load capacity) and by lowering consumption and CO2 emissions (by up to 7%, a best-in-class figure).

New Fiat Ducato. (FIAT Professional).

Durability has also increased, as an essential characteristic of an engine dedicated to the heavy-duty usage typical of commercial vehicles. With four levels of output that include 120 horsepower, 140 horsepower, 160 horsepower, and 180 horsepower variants. The Multijet3 engines are offered with a new 6-speed manual transmission or a 9-speed automatic transmission (available on engines with 140 horsepower outputs and higher).

New Fiat Ducato. (FIAT Professional).

For those looking for Heavy Duty applications, the three higher horsepower applications are available with the customer’s choice of a manual or automatic transmission. All of the diesel engines in the Heavy Duty offerings produce the same torque numbers as the light-duty models, which includes the best-in-class output of 180 horsepower and 450 Nm (332 ft.-lbs.) of torque.

Of course, the E-Ducato will return to the lineup as well.

New Fiat Ducato. (FIAT Professional).

The new Ducato also receives an all-new electrical architecture for the new model year. This means the Ducato can now incorporate a number of driver assistance and safety systems, aimed at improving the driving experience and at making the Ducato safer. That being said, the Ducato now becomes the first light commercial vehicle in Europe with Level 2 autonomous driving, offering a full range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) both on the road and when parking.

New Fiat Ducato. (FIAT Professional).

From speed limitation to braking control for unexpected obstacles such as pedestrians and cyclists, from road sign recognition to driver attentiveness monitoring, all the way to Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go function, Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Jam Assist, the last of which maintains active control over the vehicle’s trajectory, taking into account traffic conditions. 

Ducato also benefits from the Ram ProMaster’s digital rear-view mirror, which improves and shows the rearview to replace the relevant mirror, plus the ESC system with Cross-Wind Assist, Trailer Stability Control, and Active Park Assist, the latter a semi-autonomous assistant for parallel and perpendicular parking maneuvers.

New Fiat Ducato. (FIAT Professional).

The Ducato’s all-new interior is also not only functional but is stylish and full of technology and connectivity. An all-new all-digital instrument display replaces the traditional gauges and can now be customized to display not only a speedometer, but turn-by-turn navigation, Uconnect information, and information from the ADAS systems. There is also the introduction of the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system available in three different screen sizes (5-inch, 7-inch, and 10-inch). The 10-inch display allows a full satellite navigation system including TomTom 3D maps and built-in wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

New Fiat Ducato. (FIAT Professional).

The refreshed interior design is embellished with a redesigned dashboard and steering wheel, along with a new gear lever, new door panels, and automatic air conditioning controls.

There are several smart solutions also incorporated into the new Ducato as well. Keyless Entry and Go allows the customer to lock and unlock the cabin and load compartment doors and start the engine without the key. An electric parking brake helps reduce clutter in the cabin and facilitates relocations. The new Eat-and-Work passenger seat, which becomes a convenient space to work or for a snack when folded down. There is also a compartment to charge mobile phones wirelessly as well as dual USB-A and USB-C ports, and a high-voltage 230-volt power socket. There is also larger and more spacious door panels, a heated windshield with internal electrical resistance for quick defrost, and a self-leveling air suspension, to lower the load threshold, making loading and unloading easier.

New Fiat Ducato. (FIAT Professional).

Now while the exterior looks mostly untouched, the FIAT Centro Stile design studio refined the Ducato’s look. The new F-I-A-T text logo is centered on the grille, while the grille texture, and skid plates have all been redesigned to align the Ducato’s design more to the new design language for the FIAT brand. There is also the addition of new all-LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs). The new headlamps are 30% brighter than the outgoing halogen headlamps they replace.

There is also the addition of a new exterior color called Lanzarote Grey. The new color will be available at launch. Ordering for the new Ducato in Europe, is now open!

We continue to hope that many of these new additions will make it to the North American market with the MCA for the Ram ProMaster van in 2023.

 

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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I see no reason why most of these improvements, both engineering and styling will not be given to Ram. These Ram vans are quite popular and with all these updates, should be even more so in a competitive market. Happy about those new headlights and electrical systems. Hope the electric van is also offered, should sell well enough to justify. I can see more Rams coming with the merger in pickup and commercial applications.

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IMO, the production capacity for the Ram ProMaster, at Saltillo Van Assembly in Mexico, should be expanded. The ProMaster isn't offered in passenger versions like its European cousins are. At this moment the only drivetrain offered in the ProMaster is the Pentastar V6 with the ancient 62TE six speed automatic transmission. If the Chrysler Pacifica minivan offers a hybrid, it shouldn't be that difficult to offer that drivetrain in the ProMaster. It would be nice if the Pacifica's AWD setup could be adopted to the larger van as well.

The Ducato, Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay are built as glider kits so their battery electric drivetrains can be installed elsewhere. Stellantis doesn't use the term "glider" but that's what it is. There are a few companies already offering electric vans based on the Ram ProMaster. The Saltillo built ProMaster should also offer a similar glider to make things easier for the after market conversions, in addition for Ram's own manufacturing needs. Even if Ram offers their own EV drivetrain, if someone else can offer a better setup, let them. (I don't know if building glider kits is still legal in the US.)

I know it's quite a wish list i have offered, but I would like to see the ProMaster rise to the top. I know Ram can't match the Ford vans in production capacity, but Ram shouldn't settle for second best.

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IMO, the production capacity for the Ram ProMaster, at Saltillo Van Assembly in Mexico, should be expanded. The ProMaster isn't offered in passenger versions like its European cousins are. At this moment the only drivetrain offered in the ProMaster is the Pentastar V6 with the ancient 62TE six speed automatic transmission. If the Chrysler Pacifica minivan offers a hybrid, it shouldn't be that difficult to offer that drivetrain in the ProMaster. It would be nice if the Pacifica's AWD setup could be adopted to the larger van as well.

The Ducato, Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay are built as glider kits so their battery electric drivetrains can be installed elsewhere. Stellantis doesn't use the term "glider" but that's what it is. There are a few companies already offering electric vans based on the Ram ProMaster. The Saltillo built ProMaster should also offer a similar glider to make things easier for the after market conversions, in addition for Ram's own manufacturing needs. Even if Ram offers their own EV drivetrain, if someone else can offer a better setup, let them. (I don't know if building glider kits is still legal in the US.)

I know it's quite a wish list i have offered, but I would like to see the ProMaster rise to the top. I know Ram can't match the Ford vans in production capacity, but Ram shouldn't settle for second best.

Seems to me your more well informed on this topic, but we fundamentally agree that this van, sold as a Ram, has much untapped potential in the US marketplace. The Pro Master clearly has found a good audience, not only in fleet sales, but in small tradesman businesses and this improved version can do better, especially if the electric model is sold here by whatever means necessary and production is increased. I also feel that Ram is evolving into a global brand and that Brazil has the potential to bring compact pickups and other commercial products to the North American market quickly and economically that can no longer be ignored. As we agree, Ram has much untapped potential and growth to be had in our marketplace if done intelligently.

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ProMaster will get a massive revamp next year. We should be seeing a lot of the Ducato's stuff coming to the U.S. and Canada including electric options and exclusive stuff for Amazon. Thats right, Rivian won't be the only one building vans for Amazon.

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It frustrates me to no end that the USA market ProMaster while built in Saltillo does not currently offer the Ducato front end, a diesel option or manual gearbox option, while the Mexican Ducato does.
If they sold the new Ducato in USA, I would buy it in a second.

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