Fiat Professional Doblo van arrives in Australia for the first time, starting from $22,000.
Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) has added the Fiat Professional Doblo to the brand's Australian lineup, to sit beneath the existing Ducato and Scudo commercial vans.
The Doblo will compete with the Volkswagen Caddy, Citroen Berlingo and Renault Kangoo small vans, targeting trade buyers after a compact workhorse.
Australian Doblos are available in a choice of two wheelbases; with the standard-length measuring 4390mm, and the range-topping Maxi stretches the wheelbase by 350mm to 4740mm.
Cargo width is 1714mm wide (1230mm between the wheelarches) and 1305mm high for both bodies, while the 1820mm cargo length of the standard model expands to 2170mm for the Doblo Maxi.
These dimensions combine to give the short-wheelbase model 3.4 cubic metres of PVC-floored cargo volume, and the Maxi 4.2 cubic metres.
Maximum payloads are 750kg for the short-wheelbase model and an even tonne for the longer Maxi.
The short-wheelbase Doblo boasts greater cargo space in all dimensions than the equivalent Citroen Berlingo, Renault Kangoo and Volkswagen Caddy models. However, the long-wheelbase Doblo Maxi is matched by the Caddy Maxi for cargo volume and is 80mm shorter in cargo length.
All Doblos have sliding rear doors on both sides, and both side-hinged barn doors and top-hinged tailgates are available.
ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
The front-wheel drive Doblo also comes with a choice of one petrol and three turbodiesel drivetrains.
Short-wheelbase Doblos are available with a 70kW/127Nm 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 5-speed manual transmission, or a 77kW/290Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel paired with a six-speed manual. A 5-speed robotised automatic transmission is also available with a 66kW/200Nm version of the turbodiesel.
The long-wheelbase Maxi is limited to a 99kW/320Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, with a six-speed manual transmission.
The Doblo comes standard with electronic stability control with hill-start assist, ABS, electronic brake distribution, Bluetooth connectivity, and climate control. Fiat also boasts the lockable glovebox is large enough to store a laptop computer.
Doblo variants with turbodiesel engines will also benefit from cruise control and parking sensors.
Satnav can be added as an option across the range.