By Stewart Smith on 2016-10-11 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
New Fiat Ducato at
FIAT, market leader in the European motorhome sector is showing its sixth-generation Ducato model at the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham.
The Ducato is the model on which two out of every three motorhomes sold in Europe is based.
Bristling with innovation and class-leading technology, the latest generation of Fiat Professional's multi award-winning Ducato is claimed to set new standards.
The new Ducato is available in five wheelbases, six different chassis lengths and four engine options. In total, by combining different bodies, capacities and engines, more than 600 specific motorhome versions can be chosen.
Beneath the bonnet there's a choice of Euro 6 Multijet2 diesel engines - all of which deliver best-in-class efficiency - delivering between 115 and 180bhp.
All 2.3 litre powertrains can be paired with the optional Comfort Matic robotised gearbox for ease of driving and greater efficiency.
The model also features a number of other innovations, enhancing its performance as an all- round motorhome.
These include rear suspension in composite material to reduce kerb weight, total payload up to 4.4 tons, reinforced front suspension for motorhome versions with high gross vehicle weight, customisable styling with two different front grille colours, skid-plate, headlights with integrated daytime running lights and 16-in alloy wheels.
It also comes with a number of state-of-the-art driving aids more commonly found on high end passenger cars, including hill descent control, lane departure warning, high beam recognition and cruise control.
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