The Fiat Doblo small-sized van is on sale in Australia, giving the Italian brand’s commercial arm a new entry model as it seeks to bolster its market share across the board.
The model going on sale here, by the way, is not the updated version that premiered in Hannover earlier this year, as that restyled model will not available for about 12 months. Fiat Professional’s local arm wanted to get the van here as soon as possible, so for now this version is the one offered.
Fiat Professional is offering four powertrain options — three diesel and one petrol — and both regular and extended wheelbase models as part of the launch line-up. People-carrier (MPV) versions with extra rows of seats are not available here, though you can buy them in Europe.
Kicking off the local range from $22,000 plus on-road costs is the short-wheelbase (SWB)/low-roof cargo van, powered by a 70kW/127Nm 1.4-litre Euro 6-compliant petrol engine matched to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Standard features include ESC, front and front-side airbags, dual sliding side doors, a Blue&Me infotainment system with USB playback and steering wheel controls, Bluetooth and a PVC load-compartment mat.
There's also a large lockable glovebox that's big enough to take a 14-inch laptop, and door pockets that can accommodate two half-litre water bottles.
The $22K opening price is $690 cheaper than the 1.2 TSI petrol Caddy but $2010 more than the $19,990 Kangoo 1.6 petrol SWB.
Next up is the $27,000 SWB low roof van with a 1.6-litre Multijet turbo-diesel version with 77kW/290Nm. Standard features over and above the petrol include cruise control, rear parking sensors and body coloured exterior mirrors and bumpers.
Topping the SWB low roof offerings is the diesel version with a detuned 66kW/200Nm output, but a five-speed robotized automatic gearbox for those who don’t shift their own gears, and idle-stop to save fuel. The list price is $29,000.
All SWB versions pack a wheelbase of 2755mm, a GVM of 2070kg, a payload of 750kg and cargo volume of 3.4 cubic metres. All versions are also front-drive.
Topping the range is the $31,000 long-wheelbase (LWB) low roof offering powered by a rather potent 99kW/320Nm 2.0-litre Multijet diesel matched to a six-speed manual gearbox putting power through the front wheels.
The list of specifications is broadly the same as the top SWB diesel versions, by its capacities grow to: 3105mm wheelbase, 1000kg payload, 2435kg GVM and 4.2 cubic metre volume.
For some market context, sales of light vans in the Doblo’s class are up 11.1 per cent this year so far. The top-seller by some margin is the Caddy with1632 units YTD, followed by the Kangoo with 603, the Suzuki APV on 438 and the Citroen Berlingo on 222.
Fiat Doblo pricing (not including on-road costs):
SWB low roof 1.4 petrol manual: $22,000
SWB low roof 1.6 diesel manual: $27,000
SWB low roof 1.6 diesel auto: $29,000
LWB low roof 2.0 diesel manual: $31,000