Ducato is about to go four wheel drive with Fiat New Zealand
announcing it will launch the Fiat Ducato 4x4 at this year's
NZ National Motor Show, to be held from18 to 20 March
"The Ducato has more than proven itself in New Zealand,"
says Chris Burger, General Manager for Fiat in New Zealand.
"The sales figures speak for themselves, but to maintain
growth we want to open the Ducato to new market sectors by
enabling owners to be able to take their Ducatos to places
they have never previously been. The Ducato 4x4 will provide
emergency service operators with an addition level of
ability and a new margin of safety."
The Fiat Ducato saw 12 per cent growth in sales during 2004,
driven by the attractions of a choice of a spacious van and
highly flexible cab chassis, matched to a high level of a
comfort and safety specifications. The Ducato 4x4 will
capitalise on this popularity by combining the Ducato's
renowned abilities with the advantages of a 4x4 drivetrain.
Adding to the versatility of the Ducato 4x4, it will be
available with two different four wheel drive systems. One
variant will provide constant four wheel drive whilst the
other offers the versatility of an engageable rear drive
with a high/low range transfer case and differential lock.
The driveline is protected within a steel tube DeDion axle
and includes a viscous coupling to provide limited slip
between the drive axles.
The low load height and the compact drivetrain that have
made the Ducato such a versatile and flexible basis of for a
wide range of conversions, including a benchmark range of
motorhomes, are maintained in the Ducato 4x4. This is
achieved by the rear drive differential being mounted to the
chassis above the rear axle.
The driveshaft from the independent half shafts takes the
drive to the rear wheels, whilst only adding a total of 130
kg to the overall weight of the vehicle. This provides a low
centre of gravity, enhancing off-road performance and
Ducato is about to go four wheel drive down under with Fiat New Zealand
announcing it will launch the Ducato 4x4 at this month's
New Zealand National Motor Show
The new 4x4 version of the Fiat Ducato is equipped with the
powerful and economical JTD 2.8 litre 94 kW direct injection
common rail turbo intercooled diesel injection engine. It
will be available in both the cab and chassis and Maxi Van
versions, enabling all wheel drive ability to be available
to full range of users.
As with the other models in the Fiat Ducato range, the new
4x4 will retain all of the performance, economy, comfort,
safety and styling features synonymous with Fiat Ducato.
These features include ABS braking with EBD, halogen
headlights, driver's and passenger's airbag, air
conditioning, radio/CD audio system, remote central locking
and electric windows and mirrors.
"Demand for the 4x4 versions of the Ducato is strong in
Europe and we expect this to be repeated in New Zealand, "
says Mr Burger. "Interest to date has centred on the
Ducato's ability to provide all weather service for first
response emergency vehicles and we expect other rural
service and government agencies to be interested in the
vehicles capabilities. Such has been the interest in the
Ducato 4x4 that the first shipment has already been sold and
we expect demand to be strong with the formal launch of the
As a specialist vehicle with a wide range of versions, Fiat
will supply the Fiat Ducato 4x4 based on individual customer
orders, tailoring specification to specific customer needs.
Pricing will be based on specification and conversions.
The first Fiat Ducato 4x4 conversions will be on display at
the National Motor Show, held at Mysterycreek in Hamilton
from 18 to 20 March 2005.