Fiat Ducato 4X4 Expedition camper show van makes its UK debut at the 2015 Motorhome and Caravan Show
By Kyle Linsay
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 14:30
The FIAT Ducato 4×4 Expedition Camper Show Van will take pride of place on the FIAT Professional stand (9.97) at the 2015 Motorhome and Caravan Show, NEC Birmingham, October 13-18. This is the show van’s last stop on a European tour that saw it go on display at a series of specialist shows around Europe, beginning with the Düsseldorf Caravan Salon (Germany) in August before moving on to Parma (Italy), Le Bourget (France) and, finally, Birmingham.
With this one-of-a kind vehicle, FIAT Professional confirms its know-how in all aspects of recreational vehicle engineering while also exploring the camper van segment which presently represents more than 25% of Europe’s motorhome market. Built on the bestselling FIAT Ducato camper base, and powered by a 2.3 150hp MultiJet II engine in long wheelbase configuration with an extended overhang and high roof, the FIAT Ducato 4×4 Expedition is designed for adventurous people seeking a vehicle which is eager and agile on the road yet rugged and capable when the going gets tough. It combines this versatility with a large, comfortable living space and more interior height than usual.
On the outside, the Show Camper Van features a two-colour paint job in two shades of grey, a raised ride-height, widened track and plenty of Ducato Camper customisations, such as a front skid-plate and LED DRLs. The outfit is completed by a front winch and roof-rack, which is fully equipped for an adventurous holiday and which also features a handy platform on which people can walk, some two and a half metres above the ground.
Partners of excellence
FIAT Ducato 4×4 Expedition is the result of collaboration with well-known experts in the sector: Tecnoform for the interiors, Olmedo for the exteriors and Dangel for the four-wheel drive system.
Tecnoform is the leader in interior outfitters for motorhomes and yachts and known for integrating top-end materials, design skills, efficient production and sophisticated logistics. Over the past twenty years, Tecnoform has set the trends for recreational vehicle interiors in terms of style, technology and comfort and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with FIAT Ducato 4×4 Expedition.
The interior design is characterised by clean lines, streamlined furniture and use of high-tech materials to create a lounge-like atmosphere, ideally suited to relaxing at the end of an intense day of outdoor activity. Tecnoform has also created a lighting system integrated in the furniture units and state-of-the-art entertainment system with multiple speakers and two retractable flat-screen TVs.
Four-wheel drive expert Dangel, with more than 35 years of expertise in the field, has engineered a permanent all-wheel drive system with viscous coupling for the FIAT Ducato 4×4 Expedition, while also raising the ride height and adding oversized tyres and special wheels to allow the vehicle to tackle all manner of surfaces safely and confidently. The rugged, stylish look of exterior was designed by Olmedo, specialists in adapting vehicles for various uses including off-road use and for the mobility impaired.
Although the FIAT Ducato 4×4 Expedition is not destined for showrooms, FIAT Professional is analysing the market to stay abreast of new trends. Visitors to the FIAT Professional stand will be invited to fill in a questionnaire to learn more about their expectations in terms of products and services for motorhomes and a survey is also available on www.FIATcamper.com website.
FIAT Ducato: The only base created to be a camper:
The FIAT Ducato base is leader in this sector and the first-choice chassis for all European motorhome manufacturers. In the last 10 years, over 500,000 families safely and confidently travelled and enjoyed their holidays in a FIAT Ducato base motorhome. With many years of experience under its belt, FIAT Professional offers a full range of services dedicated to FIAT Ducato base motorhome owners for preparing their trips, exchanging experiences and intervening promptly wherever needed.