Fiat Adds Sportivo Models to Van Line-up

Fiat Adds Sportivo Models to Van Line-up

Fiat Adds Sportivo Models to Van Line-up

All of Fiat’s current LCV ranges are getting the Sportivo treatment, with this new trim level adding a few appealing features as the Italian manufacturer attempts to cater to owner-drivers.

Everything from the compact Fiorino to the high-capacity Ducato will be adapted with its own Sportivo offering, making each example stand out from the crowd and giving them a bit more personality as a result.

The underlying equipment is equivalent to that of the Tecnico trim level, meaning that you get a touchscreen infotainment system and air con in the cab as well as parking sensors at the rear to streamline manoeuvring and cruise control capabilities to reduce driver fatigue over long distances.

However, there are plenty of unique touches that are exclusive to Sportivo models. These include a set of alloy rims which combine black and red detailing to create an eye-catching finish as well as colour-coded bumpers and a metallic paintjob on the outside.

For turning heads, each of the Sportivo vans will be an outstanding option that looks a lot sportier than the average LCV - hence the name.

Fiat spokesperson Richard Chamberlain explained that this aesthetic attractiveness would be a key advantage of this family of vehicles, allowing business operators to drive a practical van during the week while still having something they would be happy to head out in during their leisure time at the weekends.

The most affordable of the Sportivo models is available at a little under £15,000 before VAT is taken into account and effectively bundles in more than £2000 of optional extras and upgrades at a reduced price.

The larger two vans in Fiat’s family, the Talento and Ducato, actually get a few more features in their Sportivo forms than their smaller stable mates. These include a reversing camera which improves safety and reduces the likelihood of damage being done along with a leather steering wheel which has a premium finish and will make the interior of the cab even more welcoming for drivers and passengers alike.

Fiat is just the latest manufacturer to join in with the trend of releasing sporty versions of standard vans to target the market of sole traders who want LCVs that are not only functional and effective but also look stylish.

In recent weeks this bandwagon has been jumped on by the likes of Renault, with its Formula Edition Trafic, Kangoo and Master vans. Ford has also followed suit, with the compact Fiesta Sport Van making an appearance at the CV Show 2018 back in April.

Meanwhile, more business-focused vans have also defined the launch line-up so far in 2018, with both VW and Peugeot creating specially adapted versions of their mainstream LCVs with features that are designed to enhance productivity. Fiat has also followed suit, albeit in a different way, with its Ready For Professionals conversion solution giving operators a greater degree of choice when choosing vans that have been specially adapted at the factory.

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