New Daily Cab Chassis

new daily cab

Daily cab chassis models allow the owner to fit the body that best suits their needs. The Daily cab chassis provides all the great benefits of the van, including large payload, superior strength, reliability and abundant driver comfort and safety features.

Because the Daily features a tough C-section chassis, it’s a great platform for a broad selection of bodies, from simple steel or aluminum trays, to tippers, service units, pantechs and more sophisticated bodies needing CAN-BUS connections.

On offer across the single cab chassis range are payloads spanning from 2.4 tonnes to over 4.5 tonnes along with braked towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes. The combination positions the Daily cab chassis as a powerful workhorse, suitable for a wide variety of tasks.

Daily cab chassis models share the Daily Van’s driveline, and include the choice of two powerful yet fuel efficient engines as well as two transmission options, a smooth changing 6-speed manual or the market-leading ‘Hi-Matic’ 8-speed fully automatic.

With its many attributes, the Daily cab chassis range is the ideal choice for buyers wanting to upgrade from a traditional ute, or for those making the switch from a cab over light duty truck to enjoy the many comfort and ride benefits.

Engines
Engines

Powering the range are two core direct-injection Iveco diesel engines. Both are 3 litre and deliver market-leading power and torque outputs.

The standard 3 litre offers a turbocharged engine and uses a variable geometry system and intercooler to produce power of 170hp / 125kW @ 2900-3500 rpm and torque of 317lb ft / 430Nm @ between 1500-2600 rpm.

Also available is a twin turbo version of the 3 litre which offers increased power of 205hp / 150kW @ between 3100-3500 rpm and hefty torque output of 347lb ft / 470Nm @ between 1400-3000 rpm.

In addition to these engines’ impressive power and torque figures, the latest Daily range is more fuel efficient than the previous generation by approximately 4.1% thanks to adoption of low friction piston rings, use of high-grade, low viscosity lubricants and reduced drag coefficient, especially in van models.

Transmissions
Transmissions
The new Daily range introduces an exclusive, industry-first 8-speed ZF ‘Hi-Matic’ fully automatic transmission until now only available in high-end luxury vehicles. This exceptional transmission provides the operator with an effortless driving experience courtesy of a self-adaptive shift strategy that results in optimized gear selection and shifts that take less than 200 milliseconds.

The version of the Hi-Matic used in the Daily has been strengthened for light commercial vehicle applications and was extensively tested for varied climatic conditions – the unit features an external cooler and an independent transmission support for improved durability and cooling efficiency.

To assist in reducing fuel consumption, the Hi-Matic features both ‘Eco’ and ‘Power’ modes. When Eco is selected, the transmission changes gears at lower rpm, while Power mode holds the vehicle in each gear for longer for even crisper acceleration should it be required. Thanks to its 8-speeds – the widest ratio spread of any automatic van transmission available in New Zealand– the engine will always be operating at its optimal speed.

Transmission – Manual
Operators using the new Daily outside of urban and metropolitan environments where minimal gear shifting is required may opt for the 6-speed synchromesh overdrive, manual transmission. This alternative to the ‘Hi-Matic’ provides smooth engagement via the single dry plate, hydraulically-controlled clutch, while manual gear changes using the ergonomically-designed, dash-mounted shifter are light yet precise and very car-like.

Safety
Safety

With many Daily owners expected to spend long periods on the roads, Iveco have equipped the new model with an extensive array of active and passive safety features.

While some light commercial vehicle competitors provide a front disc / rear drum brake set-up, the new Daily provides the superior stopping power of disc brakes ‘all-round’. Adding to the braking equation is ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), while Iveco ‘Hill Holder’ technology ensures there’s no rollback when starting on an incline.

All models adopt new low level fog lamps with cornering function. The cornering function automatically activates the fog lamps on bends casting light into the direction the driver is steering. It engages once the indicator is applied.

Vehicles feature optional Electronic Stability Control and Trailer Sway Mitigation which sees the Stability Control intervene when instability in the trailer or caravan is detected. Passive safety features include driver, passenger and curtain airbags.

Other features of the Electronic Stability Control package include: Anti Slip Regulator, Adaptive Load Control, Hydraulic Rear Wheel Boost, Hydraulic Fading Compensation, Roll Movement Intervention and Roll Over Mitigation.

Comfort and Convenience
Comfort and Convenience

Heavy traffic, start and stop driving and long work days are often the norm in modern business so the new Daily keeps the driving environment as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Seating in the new range has been lowered by 15mm for easier cabin ingress and egress, the steering wheel has been reduced in size to provide a more car-like feel. An increased windscreen height has resulted in improved visibility while the dashboard has been completely redesigned with emphasis on intuitive placement of all dials and controls.

Extra comfort for the driver and front passenger comes courtesy of a mechanically and multiple adjustable seats – the new range offers the option of heated driver and passenger seats with three degrees of freedom.

Helping to provide car-like comfort and maneuverability (10.5m turning circle) is independent front suspension (double wishbone or torsion bar depending on variant) along with parabolic rear suspension.

The new ‘QUAD-LEAF’ front suspension provides excellent vehicle control and strength (1900kg standard maximum load), while the ‘QUAD-TOR’ system (standard on all 50C Vans) is even more robust adopting torsion bars instead of leaf springs for an axle weight rating of 2100kg.

Other benefits of the new range include improved soundproofing and a more efficient automatic climate control system featuring ‘EcoMac’ technology. Similar to an inverter in a household RC system, EcoMac optimises the operation of the unit compressor to precisely meet the actual cooling and heating needs, delivering just the right in-cabin temperature and reducing fuel consumption.

The vehicles’ 4-speaker audio system features a new Iveconnect system that simply manages the integrated infotainment, telephone and navigation system in a practical 7” touch-screen interface on the dashboard; Bluetooth connectivity and radio and phone controls work through a Multifunction steering wheel.

Elsewhere in the cabin are generous storage areas including purpose-designed compartments to hold phones and tablets. A modern and attractive instrument cluster displays all of the vehicles’ necessary operational information.

Whole of life cost
Whole of life cost

The new Daily is modern, sleek and aesthetically-pleasing while keeping functionality in mind. The distinctive angled headlamps are positioned high up on the cabin and set-back to minimise damage from minor knocks. A hardwearing strip along the base of the bodywork similarly protects against minor knocks.

The rounded bonnet is generously proportioned providing improved aerodynamics while allowing easy engine access at service time.

The new Daily boasts a reduction in fuel consumption of 4.1% compared to the previous models, while still providing strong engines with high power and torque outputs.

The low fuel consumption is achieved through a combination of features. The engines themselves now use low friction piston rings and higher grade engines oils.

A ‘smart’ alternator has been introduced – this device is activated when the accelerator is released and kinetic energy is recovered.

Assisting in fuel reduction is a driver-operated ‘Ecoswitch’. Designed for use primarily when the van / cab chassis is only lightly loaded (or unladen), once pressed, the Ecoswitch reduces vehicle torque and horsepower.

Other fuel efficiency measures have come from the new automatic climate control system which features ‘Ecomac’ technology. Similar to the inverter function in a reverse cycle air conditioner, Ecomac optimises the operation of the compressor to match the cabin’s actual cooling requirements.

The final piece in the equation is superior cab aerodynamics, with drag coefficient greatly reduced by approximately 6% to a slippery Cx 0.316.

Service and Support
service and support

The new range is backed by a 3-year / 200,000km standard warranty and boasts 40,000 km or 12 month (whichever comes first) engine oil service intervals for reduced workshop costs.

All new Dailys are covered by ‘Iveco Assistance’, a 24 /7 roadside assistance program, while owners wanting the peace of mind of fixed service and maintenance costs can opt for an Iveco service agreement – they are available with several levels of cover.

Capping off the service and support offerings are the financing solutions available from Iveco Finance, Iveco Finance ‘lives and breathes’ the transport industry and can offer prospective buyers tailored financial packages to best suit their business needs.