Fiat Ducato 2012 Model Review

2012 Model Fiat Ducato

2012 Model Fiat Ducato

The Euro 5 Fiat Ducato went on sale in October 2011.

The Ducato has been fitted out with a series of completely new engines, efficiency has been significantly increased compared to the outgoing model.

The interior has been totally refreshed, giving the Ducato a more car-like feel.

Instead of the three power outputs, the new, Euro 5 Ducato comes with four power ratings from two engine capacities.  Starting at 110bhp, the range increases to 130, 148 and 177bhp for the top performer.

All engines have four cylinders in line, with four valves per cylinder and double overhead camshafts. The 2.3-litre engines have the latest MultiJet II technology that employs faster injectors with a new servo valve and balanced shutter allowing them to operate at higher pressures. The previous Ducato’s entry level 2.2-litre 100bhp engine is replaced by an 110bhp 2.3-litre. The new unit features an aluminium alloy cylinder head on a cast iron block and uses a fixed geometry turbocharger with an intercooler.

Compared to the engine it replaces, the 110bhp unit is 10 per cent more powerful, and with 300Nm, has 20 per cent more torque, yet is 10 per cent more economical and has 11 per cent fewer emissions. Service intervals have also been lengthened from 25,000 to 30,000 miles.

The 130bhp version of the 2.3-litre has eight per cent more power than its predecessor with emissions and consumption down by nine per cent.

The 150 MultiJet II version achieves its power boost courtesy of a variable geometry turbocharger. This makes the 2.3-litre engine a viable alternative to the previous generation 3-litre. Power is 148bhp and it’s only six per cent lower than the much bigger engine, while consumption is reduced by 19 per cent, CO2 emissions by 20 per cent and weight by 40kg.

The most powerful engine in the Ducato range is the 3-litre 180 MultiJet Power unit. This ‘MultiJet Power’ engine achieves its maximum output of 177bhp at 3500rpm and is 13 per cent more powerful than the engine it replaces, making it the best-performing four-cylinder diesel engine in its class.

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