Iveco has released images of its latest load hauler, which it will launch later this year in Europe and early next year in Australia. The company says the third generation Daily is all new and it certainly looks it thanks to a fresh face featuring angled headlights and a double grille, split by a strip of body colour. But the changes run deeper, with Iveco changing wheelbases and body sizes across the range as well as introducing new suspension.
Iveco is not releasing all the details of its latest Daily just yet, so it is hard to tell whether it will run a new engine or an improved version of the existing poweplant. Either way, Iveco is prepared to say the next generation Daily will be 5 per cent more fuel efficient than the existing model. It has also confirmed the new van will be built at two recently upgraded factories in Spain and Italy.
The new Iveco will be offered as a regular van as well as a cab-chassis version that can be fitted with a tray or body or be converted into a motor home. The company is discussing three van sizes, one with 18 square metres of cargo area, another with 20 square metres and one with 11 square metres that Iveco says is the most space efficient in its class, which means it has the longest load area for a vehicle of its size.
There is a new front suspension for models up to 3.5 tonnes and a new rear suspension system for all two-wheel drive Daily models. Iveco says the suspension changes have been made for better control and carrying capacity.
It claims to have greatly improved the driving experience, cutting the road and tyre noise while improving the ergonomics and upgrading the airconditionsing system.