Iveco adds comfort to benchmark off-road performance with new Daily 4x4

16/08/2016

The latest generation of Iveco’s light truck off-road weapon, the Daily 4x4, is now available in Australia, introducing a host of performance and comfort gains over its predecessor.

The new Daily 4x4 is available in single and dual cab configuration in a car licence-friendly 4,495kg GVM or no cost optional 5,500kg GVM – both offer a braked towing capacity of up to 3.5t, while payload varies from 1,500kg to 2,800kg depending on the variant selected.   

Chief amongst the upgrades is adoption of an all-new ECE-R29-rated cabin – which shares its underpinnings with that of the award-winning Daily 4x2 models – along with a revised Euro6-rated engine.

The adoption of the new cabin brings a new level of refinement to the Daily 4x4 that is highlighted by great improvements in noise suppression, the virtual elimination of dust ingress, and ergonomic benefits for the driver and passengers.

The mounting and integration of the new cabin and chassis has also resulted in a smoother and suppler ride for occupants.  For the driver, added comfort particularly over rough terrain comes courtesy of an ISRI air-suspended driver’s seat, an optional front passenger air-suspended (and heated) seat is also available.

The cabin also features some innovative stowage solutions including under dash, side door and centre console storage, as well as space for tools and recovery equipment under the rear bench seat (dual cab models).

Also present are multiple cup holders and holders for both 500ml and 2l bottles, providing plenty of convenience and added safety for cabin items during extended periods on the road.

While the Iveco has been ‘softened-up’ a little on the inside, off-road purists can rest assured that the Daily 4x4 has retained its legendary range of standard 4x4 equipment, that arguably makes this model the most capable light truck in the market.

Carry over benefits of the new model include a true full-time mechanical 4x4 system with standard front, centre and rear differential locks that can be conveniently engaged via dash-mounted buttons.

The chassis and suspension set-up also remains unchanged – there’s front and rear parabolic leaf springs with telescopic shock absorbers and stabiliser bars, providing outstanding traction and superior articulation over the most difficult terrain, combined with excellent load carrying ability.

On the transmission front, the double low range transfer case also continues, boasting 24 speeds and an ultra-low 101:1 final ratio for unparalleled crawling ability and off-road control.  Two PTO outputs are also on offer for users wanting to operate hydraulic pumps and other auxiliary equipment.

Approach and departure angles on the latest models remain impressive with 48° and 39° (with rear under run bar in the upper position) respectively along with a 153° breakover angle and 660mm wading depth using the Daily’s standard 9.5R17.5 tyres.

Serious off-roaders who regularly undertake deeper water crossings will be familiar with the practice of tying back the radiator fan to avoid the water pushing the spinning blades back onto the radiator causing damage to the cooling system.  Among its off-road bag of tricks, the Daily 4x4 features a button to disengage and re-engage the engine fan, without needing to leave the cabin.

And for those engaged in remote area touring and intending to use dual battery set-ups to power fridges and the like, the new Daily 4x4 features the convenience of a dash-mounted battery cut-off button.  Switching-off deactivates the vehicle’s electrical system (except for the instrument cluster, tachograph and central locking), giving added peace of mind that the starter battery will always remain fresh even after extended periods without driving.   

For users requiring a wider and more aggressive off-road tyre pattern, the new Daily 4x4 supports the fitment of aftermarket 37x12.5R17 tyres.  This tyre size provides access to a broad range of rubber from leading tyre manufacturers. Speedo recalibration is undertaken electronically at the dealership during the customer pre-delivery process.   

Compared to many of its Japanese cab-over competitors which must retain dual rear wheels so not to void warranty, the Daily 4x4’s ‘super single’ configuration ensures the same track width, front and rear for greater mobility off-road.

The Daily’s new engine adopts a Euro6 emission rating, while maintaining the performance of its predecessor.  The 3 litre, turbocharged power plant produces 125kW (170hp) @ between 3,000-3,500rpm, with torque of 400Nm @ between 1,250-3,000rpm.

The engine is coupled to the proven Iveco 6-speed synchromesh, single overdrive transmission for superior vehicle control off-road.

Another important improvement to the new Daily 4x4 is braking performance, while the new model maintains the front disc / rear drum with ABS combination, a revised braking system better orchestrates communication between the front and rear brake assemblies for improved stopping power.

Iveco’s ‘ESP9’ program has also been added to the safety equation, introducing Electronic Brake force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Anti Slip Regulator and a host of additional driver aids (see ESP9 program overview further below).  Other safety benefits include daytime running lamps.

Comments from Iveco Australia Product Spokesperson, Joel Read

Iveco product spokesperson, Joel Read says the latest Daily 4x4 builds on the strengths of its predecessor but introduces appointments that will make the vehicle a lot more comfortable and user-friendly, particularly for owners spending lengthy periods behind the wheel.

“There’s still no disguising that the Daily 4x4 is a light duty truck, but what Iveco engineers have succeeded in doing is injecting new levels of comfort and refinement into the vehicle, due largely to the introduction of a very modern and well-designed cabin,” Mr Read said.

“The driving environment is now a lot more enjoyable, and as the majority of customers who buy these vehicles will spend long periods traversing some very demanding conditions, these upgrades will be well appreciated.  Aesthetically the cabin also looks much nicer.

“In the engine department, aside from a shift to Euro6 through the adoption of an Adblue system, power and output remains the same as the previous unit.  The 3 litre power plant is extremely reliable and under stressed – it also features impressive service intervals of 40,000 kilometres or 20,000 kilometres if used predominantly in extreme off-road conditions.

“In launching the new model, Iveco has also listened to customer feedback who requested added braking performance.  The addition of ESP9 program and other revisions to the braking system now sees the Daily 4x4 pull-up considerably sharper, even with the larger and heavier 37” tyres.

“Iveco Australia is confident that the new Daily 4x4 will be well received by existing customers as well as attracting many new prospective owners to the brand.” 

 

New Daily 4x4 - summary of key enhancements

·         All-new ECE-R29 cabin, with improved ergonomics, comfort, reduced dust ingression and noise reductions 

·         Upgraded Euro6 engine with no loss of power

·         Revised braking system

·         Introduction of ‘ESP9’ safety program

 

‘ESP9’ program overview

EBD

Electronic Brake force Distribution: shares the brake force between front and rear axles

ESP

Electronic Stability Program: brakes each wheel and controls the engine by reducing the number of revolutions if the vehicle becomes unstable

ASR

Anti Slip Regulator: acts on the engine and the brakes preventing the driving wheel from skidding

DTC

Drag Torque Control: acts on engine speed to reduce the braking torque in release

HHC

Hill Hold Control: acts on the braking pressure to hold the vehicle in uphill departure to assist the driver

ALC

Adaptive Load Control: recognises the longitudinal load distribution

TSM

Trailer sway mitigation: detects the presence of a trailer and adapts the ESC in order not to negatively influence the dynamics of the vehicle-trailer system

HRB

Hydraulic Rear wheel Boost: In case of emergency braking, it boosts the rear brake force, to reduce vehicle stopping distance

HFC

Hydraulic Fading Compensation: detects the fading conditions of the brakes increasing the brake circuit pressure up to ABS intervention

RMI

Roll Movement Intervention: mitigates dangerous roll-over situations during dynamic driving such as evasive manoeuvres, U- terns etc

ROM

Roll Over Mitigation: extension of RMI by mitigation of rollover at quasi-stationary manoeuvres such as motorway exists

 

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