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 powered by a 3.0 litre direct injection diesel engine with Variable Geometry Turbo for superior power and performance. The engine delivers an impressive 170hp (125kW) of power and 400Nm of torque from a low 1,250 rpm while still meeting the latest Euro 6 emissions standards through EGR+SCR technology. For excellent control off-road, the innovative engine is coupled to Iveco's proven 6-speed synchromesh manual transmission.
The 6-speed gearbox (with overdrive in 6th) is coupled to a central transfer box with two reduction stages giving a total of 24 forward speeds, 12 for road/trail use and 12 for off road use (6x2 + 6x2) plus 4 reverse gears. The broad availability of low range ratios allows the Daily 4x4 to safely negotiate the steepest of terrains. The first synchronised reduction gear can be selected (half speed) with the vehicle in motion. The second reduction stage is dedicated to extreme off road use and can only be engaged with the vehicle stationary.
The new Daily 4x4 might be tough on the outside with its aggressive styling, high tensile steel truck chassis, steel three-piece front bumper and off-road hardware, but on the inside it's a quiet and comfortable driving environment. Boasting an all-new cabin interior with improved sound deadening, newclimate control system and driver's air suspended seat, the Daily 4x4 is quiet and comfortable for both short and long journeys. It has ergonomically-designed controls and switches, multiple storage compartments and Bluetooth-equipped sound system, the new Daily 4x4 is also easy-to-use.
Constructed from a solid steel truck chassis, the Daily 4x4's frame is built tough for tough conditions. The beams and cross members are made from high strength tubular steel (Fe490), with a C section of 5mm. The result is a rigid structure capable of withstanding the torsional stress and fatigue typical of extreme off road applications. The 3.4 metre wheelbase gives ample ground clearance to drive with confidence in off road conditions. A strong chassis also allows easy fitment of a wide range of body types. The front axle is fitted with parabolic 3 leaf springs while the rear it is fitted with parabolic 4 leaf springs offering cushioning from the harshest of conditions. The telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll stabiliser bars, coupled to the rigid axles, offer excellent performance on any type of terrain and gradient without penalising load capacity.