IVECO’s 2017 model year update for the award-winning Daily van and cab chassis range sees a number of cosmetic and functional enhancements, to further lift appearance and usability of this increasingly popular range.
The 2017MY Daily range continues to boast a number of key market-leading features: largest volume (19.6 m3) of any van, highest horsepower rating (205hp) of any van, greatest van GVM (7,000kg) and most sophisticated full automatic transmission, the Hi-MATIC 8-speed.
All new models benefit from a revised front grille that adopts a more modern, horizontal and louvered appearance, rather than the previous ‘honeycomb’ style.
As well as providing a visual lift, the new arrangement improves air ingress onto the radiator and engine bay area for improved cooling performance.
Vehicles equipped with the market-leading ‘Hi-Matic’ 8-speed full automatic transmission receive chrome accents on the grille, to provide a more premium feel and appearance.
On the inside all models now receive two-tone seating providing an added level of sophistication to help the Daily’s interior more closely resemble that of a luxury sedan rather than a work vehicle.
The revised interior treatment is further extended in models equipped with the Hi-Matic – these vehicles also receive a two-tone colour dash. Also included in the revised dashboard across all models is a new central open storage area with USB sockets allowing convenient charging of mobile device and tablets.
Owners of the new Daily range will also enjoy interior noise reductions of 4dB over preceding models while vibrations have also been minimised – this has been achieved through the use of increased insulation, redesigned B Pillar swabs and a shape modification to the side mirrors which allows for quieter airflow.
Drivelines for the latest Daily range have remained unchanged with three Euro5 engine options plus the Euro6-rated powerplant used exclusively in the Daily 4x4 and large 70C 4x2 van.
The Euro5 engine range comprises two core direct-injection Iveco diesel engines, a 2.3 and a 3.0 litre.
The 2.3 litre powerplant features turbocharger with wastegate and intercooler producing 126hp / 93kW @ between 3000-3600 rpm, torque is rated 320Nm @ between 1800-2500 rpm.
The 3.0 litre offering is also turbocharged but uses a variable geometry system and intercooler to produce power of 170hp / 125kW @ 2900-3500 rpm and torque of 430Nm @ between 1500-2600 rpm.
Also available is a twin turbo version of the 3 litre which offers increased power of 205hp / 150kW @ between 3100-3500 rpm and hefty torque output of 470Nm @ a low 1400-3000 rpm.
In the Daily 4x4 and 70C van, the new Euro6 variant of the 3.0 litre engine is adopted, with output of 180 hp and 430 Nm of torque – emission control comes courtesy of SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system using Adblue.
The two available transmissions, the 6-speed synchromesh double overdrive manual and 8-speed full automatic carry over from earlier models although the auto now boasts a revised oil to air cooler and a new two-speed fan for even better performance in Australia’s hot conditions.
Specifically related to the 35S Daily van variant with 2.3 litre engine and 6-speed manual transmission, is a Gear Shift Indicator on the instrument cluster that suggests to the driver the optimum time to change gear for best fuel efficiency performance.
This same model can now also be optioned with a start and stop system which automatically turns off the engine when the van comes to a halt and the clutch is disengaged – the engine then re-fires when the clutch is engaged and accelerator pressed. The start and stop function can be switched off at any time.
On the safety front, the 4x2 Daily’s extensive list of standard equipment continues to be among the top performers in the industry courtesy of the IVECO ‘ESP 9’ safety package which includes a range of active safety equipment including Electronic Brake force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Anti Slip Regulator and other driving aids.
Also standard are front and rear disc brakes with ABS, four airbags and Daytime Running Lights.
New to the 2017 range is an optional Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system which uses radar to warn the driver if the vehicle is moving from its lane, reducing the chance of collision. LDW can be chosen as part of the Daily ‘Efficiency’ Pack (see accompanying media release for Pack details) or selected as a standalone option across all models.
In other new additions, a ‘run lock’ option is now available for applications including emergency service work and refrigerated transport. The function allows the vehicle to continue operating to keep the fridges running and emergency equipment on stand-by while occupants are away from the vehicle.
All models feature a 4-speaker audio system with FM/AM tuner, CD/mp3 player with USB and AUX input, Bluetooth connectivity and radio and phone controls on the steering wheel. The unit also includes an integrated 4x20 W amplifier.
For those wanting additional in-cabin tech, the IVECONNECT multimedia system with GPS and rear-view camera is available as part of the ‘Business Premium’ Pack or can be optioned separately.
IVECO ANZ Product Manager, Marco Quaranta, said introductions as part of 2017MY Daily range sought to further build on the previous model’s already high features and benefits.
“The previous Daily range introduced many market-leading features and benefits to the van and light truck market, setting new standards in terms of payload, power, torque and drivability – with the 2017 Model Year vehicles, we’ve further honed the product offering to even better suit Australian customer requirements,” Mr Quaranta said.
“The Daily range has made strong inroads into the Australian van and light truck market over the past two years as prospective buyers have become more aware of the safety, comfort, fuel efficiency and payload benefits the Daily can provide.
“IVECO is confident that the latest specification upgrades will further increase the Daily’s appeal to prospective customers across a wide range of applications.
“And when combined with the availability of three different option packs, there’s even greater value across the new Daily range, with customer able to select the most relevant specifications for the application.”