Iveco has launched its new  new Daily E6 van and cab chassis range declaring  that  it  introduces the ‘most significant enhancements to the model line-up in five years’,  with  the new models getting new Euro 6-rated engines, additional active safety equipment and increased cabin appointments.

Iveco’s new van range comes in three variants, the 35S, 50C and 70C with either single or dual wheel options  and 7.3, 9, 12, 16, 18 and 19.6m³ cubic metre volume capacities, the latter being the biggest in the market according to Iveco.

Iveco says there are also four GVM options, starting with passenger car-licence compliant 3.8 tonne and 4.495 tonne variants, through light truck licence 5.2 tonne capacity and the ‘market-leading’ seven-tonne capacity.

The new Daily E6 cab-chassis covers 50C and 70C models and includes dual cab variants and GVM options start at 4.495 tonnes and extending to 5.2, seven and 7.2 tonnes along with multiple wheelbase choices, allowing owners to fit a wide selection of body types.

Cab Chassis models are also available with Power Take-Off (PTO) and expansion module options, with the expansion module also available in the van models, which allows body-builders to equip them with more sophisticated bodies if required.

Iveco says that depending on the application, owners can also specify an optional rear differential lock and electronically-controlled air suspension (ECAS) across both van and cab chassis variants.

The braked towing capacity range-wide is 3,500kg, except for the 35S van which is limited to 3,200kg, providing added flexibility for owners who need to tow a trailer.

Iveco says  the new powerplants meet Euro 6 emission requirements while also increasing power and fuel efficiency by up to 10 per cent reduction in fuel use, compared to the previous generation engines.

The new Daily boasts three engines beginning with a 2.3 litre, direct injection and intercooled diesel with electronically-controlled Variable Geometry Turbine (e-VGT), producing 100 kW (136hp) and 350 Nm only available in 35S van.

The other two engines include a 3.0 litre, direct injection with VGT  putting out 132kW (180hp) and 430 Nm, and for those requiring even more power, there is the direct injection 3.0 litre variant with e-VGT, which can be selected across all van and cab chassis models with what Iveco claims is a market-leading 155kW (210hp) and 470Nm.

The Daily E6 uses SCR to meet Euro 6 emission standards and is equipped with a 20 litre AdBlue tank  which means the operator will only need to refill the AdBlue tank every seven or so tanks of diesel.

Matched to the engines is a choice of either a conventional six-speed synchromesh overdrive manual, for drivers who prefer to shift themselves, or the Hi-Matic eight-speed full automatic.

Iveco says that thanks to its eight speeds, the Hi-Matic allows the engine to constantly operate at its optimal speed and efficiency – it also provides the flexibility to be used as a sequential transmission allowing the driver to select the gears manually via the ‘plus’ and ‘minus’ positions, providing additional control should the road conditions or payload require it.

The company says that a further benefit of the Hi-Matic is its ‘Eco’ and ‘Power’ mode functions. When ‘Eco’ is selected, the transmission changes gears at lower rpm to reduce fuel consumption, the engines peak torque is reduced and the power curve is softened, while ‘Power’ mode holds the vehicle in each gear for longer and gives access to maximum torque and power, for even crisper acceleration if required.

As with the previous Daily range  the safety equipment list includes front and rear disc brakes with ABS, Electronic Stability Program, four airbags and the availability of Lane Departure Warning.

However Iveco has boosted the  E6 model safety standards  by offering Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Crosswind Assist and an enhanced ‘ESP9’ (suite of stability control technologies) as standard. ‘ESP9’ includes Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Anti-Slip Regulator, Drag Torque Control, Hill Hold Control, Enhanced Under-Steering Control, Adaptive Load Control, Trailer Sway Mitigation, Hydraulic Rear-wheel Boost, Hydraulic Fading Compensation, Roll Movement Intervention and Roll Over Mitigation.

Other active safety features including Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), full LED headlamps , Hill Decent Control, City Brake, Queue Assist and Traction Plus which are available as either stand-alone options or as part of ‘Pack’ option upgrades.

In addition to the standard equipment including electric windows, heated and electrically adjustable mirrors, keyless entry/central locking, engine immobiliser and air-conditioning, Daily E6 introduces a number of other upgrades.

Iveco says there’s a new, high-resolution colour TFT instrument cluster that’s easier to read and features seven dedicated screen menus providing over 100 points of information. There is also an optional new ‘Hi-Connect’ multimedia and navigation system with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus GPS by Tom Tom and Bluetooth.

Many of the system’s functions can be accessed via controls mounted on the newly-designed soft-touch steering wheel, which is slightly smaller and has a new, asymmetric shape for improved ergonomics.

The new Daily E6 adopts a dash-mounted electronic parking brake switch, providing extra space and easier movement around the cabin. The new park brake also engages automatically at key-off and disengages once the driver’s seat belt is on, the key is on and ‘drive’ selected (neutral for manual models).

The introduction of an optional new ‘run lock’ function also allows the operator to exit the vehicle with the key to make drop-offs while the engine is still running. This is a particularly useful function for applications such as refrigerated transport, as the cooler stays operational.

Also aiding convenience is the optional cordless inductive charging for mobile phones and other devices, while innovative storage solutions throughout the cabin provide ample space to stow personal protective equipment and other items.

There is a heated and suspended fully adjustable driver’s seat is now also standard across the range, which is optional for the front passenger but standard for front passenger on Daily Dual Cab Chassis and features multiple points of adjustment with lumbar support and an armrest. Those running work crews will also appreciate the second row seating of the dual cab chassis, which can accommodate up to four adults.

Daily E6 is immediately distinguishable from earlier models by its wider, re-designed grille, which encourages greater airflow. Vehicles with the automatic transmission receive a chrome highlight grille, while manual variants feature black throughout.

If selected as an option, Daily E6’s full LED headlights also increase visual appeal and road presence, while improving lighting performance over non-LED headlamps by up to 12 per cent and the driver’s light perception by up to 15 per cent.

Depending on buyer requirements, prospective Daily E6 owners can select from four optional upgrade packs, ‘Hi-Business Pack’, ‘Hi-Comfort Pack’, ‘Hi-Technology Pack – Automatic Transmission’ and ‘Hi-Technology Pack – Manual Transmission’, allowing them to more closely tailor a specification package to best suit the application, while receiving more value by grouping options.

Hi-Business includes: Hi-Connect multimedia system and GPS, open storage with inductive phone charging plus USB charge, fog lights and reverse camera (van only).

Hi-Comfort features: automatic controlled air-conditioning, leather covered steering wheel, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and automatic wipers and headlights control.

The two Hi-Technology packs include: Queue Assist (Automatic transmission only), Lane Departure Warning System, City Brake, Traction Plus and Hill Descent and Automatic high beam control.

Iveco’s Australia product manager, Marco Quaranta said the development of Daily E6 has focused on providing van and light truck buyers with rangewide enhancements in the key areas of safety, emission performance, productivity and comfort.

“A move to a dedicated Euro6 engine range in Daily, years before this emission rating is mandated, shows IVECO’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its vehicles, and is in line with broader consumer trends which show that buyers are taking a stronger interest in this area,” Marco Quaranta said.

“Likewise, safety has become a high priority among buyers, so we’re extremely pleased that

Daily E6 takes safety to new heights, particularly passive safety with standard Adaptive Cruise Control, Advanced Emergency Braking System and an enhanced ESP9 program, plus options such as Lane Departure Warning System, Queue Assist and City Brake,” he added.

“Of course, Daily is a light commercial vehicle, so as well as being safe, car-like to drive and emit fewer emissions, it’s primarily a tool, so it must offer productivity, practicality and a low total cost of ownership. Daily E6 does do this by offering owners several market-leading benefits including the largest van volume (19.6m³) and GVM (7,000kg), as well as class-leading engines (210hp / 470Nm) and automatic transmission (full eight-speed) across both van and cab chassis.

“We’re confident that Daily E6 will be extremely well received by the market and continue to grow its ownership base with this latest model range,” Quaranta concluded.