New Dual Cab
Need the room to transport a full work crew plus a load of materials? It’s not a problem with the Daily Dual Cab chassis range. The Dual Cab range comprising the 50C and 70C, comfortably cater for the driver and up to six passengers while still providing plenty of room for equipment and materials.
The 50C is available in two wheelbases, 3750 and 4350mm and with payloads ranging from 2.275 tonnes to optional 2.780 tonnes (car licence). While featuring the same wheelbase options of the 50C, the 70C provides for increased payloads of up to 4.168 tonnes, more than enough to handle the heavy loads (truck licence).
As with single cab variants, the Dual Cabs lend themselves to a wide range of body fitment options to best suit buyers’ needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.