Fiat to Introduce New Doblò Cargo, Including Natural Gas Option
10 October 2005
|New Doblò Cargo|
Fiat will introduce its New Doblò Cargo light commercial vehicle at the upcoming European Road Transport Show in Amsterdam.
The successor to the popular Doblò (more than 300,000 units sold since launch in 2001), the new model is launching with four Euro-4 engines: two turbodiesels, one gasoline and one natural gas.
On the diesel side, the New Doblò will use the 105-hp (78-kW) 1.9 Multijet and the 75-hp (56 kW) 1.3 16v Multijet, the smallest and most advanced of the second-generation Common Rail direct injection diesel engines.
The new gasoline engine is the 77-hp (57- kW)1.4 Fire 8 equipped with a new high-swirl combustion chamber associated with continuous variable valve timing.
The New Doblò will also offer the 1.6 Natural Power dual-fuel (gasoline and natural gas) engine. Fiat locates the CNG tanks beneath the floor, maintaining the cargo load compartment.
After the launch, these versions will be joined by another two new Multijet engines with a variable geometry turbocharger: the 85-hp (63-kW) 1.3 16v Multijet and the 120-hp (90-kW) 1.9 8v Multijet. Both will be equipped with a self-regenerating particulate filter (DPF).
Fiat’s Natural Power dual-fuel systems, which it applies across a range of vehicles, run normally on natural gas, though the engine always starts up on gasoline before transferring immediately and automatically to methane.
The gasoline system also serves as a back-up should the methane run out. Drivers can manually switch to gasoline at any time.
The Natural Power 1.6 develops 92 hp (69 kW) and 130 Nm of torque in methane mode but 103 hp (77 kW) and 145 Nm when running on gasoline. Three cylinders store of 111 liters (18 kg) of gas at 200 bar for a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles) plus an additional range of 350 kilometers (218 miles) when running on gasoline from the 30-liter tank.
The New Doblò Cargo Natural Power consumes 6.3 kg/100 kilometers of natural gas, equivalent to 9.3 liters gasoline equivalent/100km (25 mpg US).
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