A new Fiat Doblò range has just gone on sale in the UK, featuring extensively revised styling, further interior refinement, upgraded specifications, improved functionality and significant performance enhancements achieved through the most comprehensive engine range available in its category.
Doblò has sold over 150,000 units in Europe since going on sale at the end of 2000. The model has achieved great popularity due to its outstanding practicality, flexibility and comfort, together with class-leading interior dimensions.
Priced from £9595-£11,995 on-the-road, the new range continues to represent outstanding value for money. No other competitor rivals the Doblò Dynamic specification in offering air conditioning, radio/CD player and 15" alloy wheels as standard. And no other competitor offers a 7-seat version to rival the Doblò Family, still the best value MPV on the UK market. Moreover, the Doblò is unique in offering a High Roof version, making it ideal for use as a Taxi, or Motability vehicle.
Three brand new engines make their first appearance in the new Doblò range, which now features two 1.4 8v petrol and two 1.3 16v MultiJet turbodiesel versions, with two 105bhp and three 120bhp 1.9 MultiJet turbodiesel versions completing the nine model line-up. All four powerplants are mated to 5-speed manual transmissions.
The previous 1.2 65bhp petrol engine has been replaced by a spirited, 77bhp 1.4 litre FIRE unit, whilst Fiat Auto’s highly successful 105bhp 1.9 litre MultiJet turbodiesel with common rail technology is augmented by a more powerful variant equipped with a variable geometry Garrett turbocharger which boosts power output to 120bhp.
Fiat’s 1.3 litre 16v MultiJet turbodiesel is the smallest and most advanced second generation common rail direct injection turbodiesel in the world. This state-of-the-art powerplant - a 1248cc, 4-cylinder in-line unit with a bore of 69.8mm and stroke of 82mm - features twin overhead camshafts, a chain driven timing system, hydraulic tappets, a cast iron crankcase with an aluminium base, steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and an aluminium cylinder head. It develops 85bhp and an impressive 200Nm of torque at only 1750rpm.
Start-up times, exhaust smoke and fuel consumption are all significantly reduced, noise levels and vibration are lowered to ensure a quieter drive and improved passenger comfort, whilst emissions are also greatly reduced.