Truck and Bus News attended last week’s launch of Iveco’s latest Eurocargo and Daily Euro VI models and was impressed by the new lineup.

The Daily van range is headed by a new seven-tonnes GVM model that should set the van cat among the cab/chassis pigeons.

Iveco will push the point that the van has much greater ease of use than a rear entry Pantech body on a cab/chassis. This is the biggest volume selling market for Iveco and with the coming of organisations like Amazon and other online retailers ‘big’ vans are going to continue their upward trajectory in the Australian market. We will have more on this in coming issues of T&TA.

The latest Eurocargo has the simplest Euro VI emissions kit of any medium truck, with no diesel particulate filter regeneration issues and luxury car features that include adaptive cruise control.

The Truck of the Year-winning Euro 6 Eurocargo will provide Australia operators with a raft of safety and efficiency features that are set to lift the standard in medium duty trucks.

Iveco revealed at the launch that there will be a range of specifications ranging from 12 to 18 tonnes GVM in 4×2 and with ‘Day cab’, ‘Sleeper cab’ with a high roof option and a ‘Crew Cab’ catering to a broad spectrum of applications.

The Eurocargo will be available in two power ratings with 250 hp (185 kW) and 850 Nm in the ML120 variants and with 280 hp (208kW) and 1,000 Nm in the ML 160 and ML180 versions, both using the Tector 7 engine.

Iveco Australia & New Zealand Product Manager, Marco Quaranta reckons the new E6 Eurocargo is recognition that all operators are deserving of the latest vehicle technologies which shouldn’t be reserved for those who operate a top-of-the-line European prime mover.

“With clear back of cab options and up to 14 pallets of payload on the day cab models, Iveco is targeting customers across a range of applications from general freight and refrigerated, to tilt tray and crane truck work,” Quaranto said.

To meet Euro VI standards the new models use Iveco’s  ‘HI-SCR’ system with a single AdBlue after-treatment system combined with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). There is a choice of either a manual ZF 9-speed overdrive synchro transmission or an Allison S3000 five-speed fully automatic with torque converter.

Eurocargo comes with front and rear disc brakes with ABS, Anti-Slip Regulator, Electronic Stability Program and Advanced Emergency Braking System. The new Eurocargo can be specified with Adaptive Cruise Control and a Lane Departure Warning System, a Hill Holder function, Driver’s SRS airbag and Daytime Running Lamps. New cabin panels have been used to improve aerodynamics.

Interestingly the E6 Eurocargo will be sold alongside the older E5 models which will get a facelift and enhancements in the coming months adopting the newer E6’s new exterior cabin appearance and many of the new model’s interior cabin appointments.

The full report on both vehicle ranges will be in the next issue of Transport & Trucking Australia.