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Spotlight: Iveco Daily

Iveco has updated its Daily van range with improved Euro 6D Temp/Euro VI engines, delivering reduced operating costs and increased connectivity, says Dan Gilkes.

Driveline

The Daily continues to use a range of 2.3 and 3.0-litre diesel engines, now compliant with Euro 6D Temp (light duty) and Euro IV (heavy duty) emissions regulations. The 2.3-litre engines offer outputs of 116, 136 and 156bhp, while the 3.0-litre is offered with 160, 180 and 210bhp. The 3.0-litre engine is also available to run on compressed natural gas, where it delivers 136bhp. The vans continue with a six-speed manual or the Hi-Matic eight-speed automatic transmission.

The introduction of electric power steering, an electronically controlled variable geometry turbo, super low rolling resistance eco tyres and standard Stop&Start on the 2.3-litre engines, have resulted in a claimed 10% improvement in fuel consumption in urban driving. Service and maintenance costs have also been cut by 10%, as service intervals move to 37,000 miles, from 32,000 miles on the previous model, thanks to a larger oil sump.

Interior

The biggest changes to the van can be seen in the cab, where a new dash with TFT screen and central 7” monitor provides more information for the driver, with seven different menus of data. The Hi-Connect DAB infotainment system is both Apple and Android compatible and the central monitor can be used for a rear-view camera and with TomTom satnav.

A 14mm smaller diameter steering wheel, with flat bottom for improved leg room, now comes with up to 20 integrated switches, while an electric parking brake improves cross-cab access and reduces effort for the driver.

Electronic power assistance reduces steering effort, while a City Mode cuts steering effort by 70% for low speed manoeuvring. The steering column is now also adjustable for reach and rake.

Safety assistance

The van has been restyled with a three-piece bumper for reduced crash repair costs. LED lights deliver a 15% improvement in visibility, with automatic high and low beam, should last the lifetime of the vehicle. Daily can be specified with a host of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). This includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, with City Brake Pro. This combination provides braking assistance at speeds as low as 5km/h and up to 80km/h.

The vans can also be offered with Adaptive Cruise Control, Proactive Lane Keeping, Crosswind Assist and Queue Assist, which allows the vehicle to autonomously drive in low speed start and stop traffic. For drivers that tackle poor ground conditions, in construction and forestry for instance, there is the option of Hill Descent Control and Traction Plus, to deliver controlled driving on loose surfaces. Tyre pressure monitoring is available on single and twin wheel models.

Connectivity

The vans are offered with a connectivity box that provides remote diagnostics and remote assistance. Where customers have signed up to service and maintenance contracts, there is also the possibility of proactive contact from Iveco direct to the driver, to provide remote software updates and to book regular servicing.

Iveco will also offer a range of tailor-made maintenance and finance options, to suit individual customers. Drivers and managers will be able to access data through a MyDaily app and a web portal, to monitor vehicle performance and driver style. A range of fleet management and telematic solutions will also be available. Iveco can also supply the telematic data for use with a customer’s third-party fleet management system.

The connectivity box will be optional, with customers opting in to the many services on offer.

In summary

Daily retains a familiar appearance, yet Iveco has provided a host of detailed updates that lift the van to a new level of user friendliness, while cutting potential operating costs for customers.

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Written by Dan Gilkes

Dan has been a commercial vehicle and construction equipment journalist for almost 30 years. An automotive engineer and former fleet manager, he has driven almost every van, pickup and truck that has been launched in Europe over that time. As editor of VFW, his aim is to keep readers up to date with the latest developments in the light commercial world.

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