Fiat Professional Unveils New Fiorino: The Van Built For The City
By Maddy Price
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 12:49
With over 370,000 units sold since it was first launched, the model that invented the small van segment is being refreshed for 2016 to consolidate its market position and offer even more to the professional user: The New FIAT Fiorino retains the compact dimensions that make it perfect for use in cities, agile in traffic and easy to park, without sacrificing any of its remarkable load capacity of up to 2.8 m3 or payload capacity of up to 660kg. The evolution of the Fiorino introduces some modern design touches, inside and out, with new features that will propel it to the top of its class in terms of performance, running costs, comfort and functionality.
In terms of style, the front bumper of the new FIAT Fiorino has been completely refreshed in line with the sophisticated design language of the FIAT Professional range while retaining the high-mounted headlamps that are not only synonymous with the FIAT Fiorino’s identity but also have a practical role in improving visibility and ensuring they are less susceptible to parking mishaps. New 15-inch wheel covers and 15-inch, diamond finish, burnished alloy wheels completes the external revisions.
The new Fiorino retains the its commodious, squared-off load compartment accessible thorough large rear doors than open to 180 degrees and have ergonomic vertical handles that are designed to be approached from either side and opened with minimal effort – very useful when the operator’s arms are full! Functional optional equipment includes a folding retractable passenger seat which can be used as a desk, or folded perfectly flat to carry objects of up to 2.5 metres in length.
The passenger compartment has been renewed by introducing new elements and today is more comfortable and ergonomic than ever. The redesigned steering wheel is available with remote stereo controls and leather trim, as is and gear knob and boot. The instruments cluster gets new graphics with permanent backlighting for better visibility and a new, more functional storage compartment has been added to the dashboard. A new, five-inch, colour, touchscreen infotainment system is also offered for the first time, with Bluetooth, USB/AUX port and available satellite navigation and DAB radio.
The comprehensive line-up of engines – all Euro 6 – can satisfy all needs. The range features two turbo diesel 1.3 MultiJet II engines with 80 and 95hp as well as a 1.4-litre aspirated petrol unit. Both diesel engines are characterised by great driving satisfaction, excellent performance and cost-effectiveness, both in terms of fuel-efficiency and maintenance. The EcoJet version, which employs fuel-saving technologies such as a Start & Stop system, a ”smart” alternator and a variable displacement oil pump, is appearing for the first time on the New Fiorino. Paired with a Comfort-Matic robotised transmission, it achieves the goal 74.3 MPG (3.8L/100km) on the combined cycle with emissions of 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre, meaning a fuel saving of up to 14 percent compared to the manual transmission without EcoJet. The New Fiorino offers all the safety systems of its predecessor: ABS with EBD, ESC complete with ASR, HBA, Hill Holder, parking sensors and front and side airbags.
For drivers who need to tackle rough terrain or simply want to take on the winter weather with confidence , the Adventure version offers 15-inch wheels with specific M+S tyres, a raised suspension, oversized body protection, a front bumper with skid plate and, of course, the Traction+ electronic differential lock system which assists driving in low-grip conditions.
In addition to being the ideal vehicle for who wants a generous load compartment and needs to be agile in city traffic, the New Fiorino is also a great example of how Fiat Professional is a brand with a full line-up capable of satisfying the most diverse needs of all professionals.