The launch of Iveco’s eagerly-awaited Daily 4×4 in Australia is a step closer with a validation unit in the midst of an extensive testing regime, including exposure to extreme local terrain and temperatures up to 48° C.
In the first stage of durability testing, the vehicle completed an arduous trek of over 13,000 kilometres at almost full GVM, taking in the well-known Strzelecki and Finke Desert Race tracks as well as spending time in Gulf Country and outback New South Wales.
Approximately 85 per cent of journey was undertaken over rough gravel roads with corrugations and heavy bulldust, all the while diagnostic equipment recorded data including fuel use, operating temperatures and load cycling information via the truck’s CAN-bus. Oil sampling was also regularly undertaken throughout the journey.
Conducting the testing over the three week period was Iveco Australia Product Support Manager, Claus Hoffman, who said the vehicle performed faultlessly.
“One thing that really strikes you about the new vehicle especially in rough terrain is that the cabin is a comfortable place to be,” Mr Hoffman said.
“The noise levels are significantly reduced compared to earlier model, while dust suppression is also far superior and next to none entering the cabin. Adoption of the new cab design (as seen in the current Daily 4×2 range) has also improved visibility, driver appointments and ergonomics.
“And despite the test vehicle being a darker coloured dual cab with a considerable space to cool and not having tinted windows, the air conditioning did an excellent job, even when the mercury reached almost 50°.”
With no operating issues to report and the vehicle holding up very well to the rigours of the endurance testing, the 4×4 has begun its next stage of review with local Iveco engineers examining componentry for wear and tear.
New Daily 4×4 features and benefits
Carry over benefits of the new model include a true full-time 4×4 system with standard front, centre and rear differential locks coupled to a chassis and suspension set-up that provides outstanding traction and superior articulation over the most difficult terrain. The double low range transfer case also remains, boasting an ultra-low 1:101 final ratio for unparalleled crawling ability.
Under the skin, the new engine adopts a Euro6 emission rating using SCR technology, while maintaining the performance of its predecessor. The 3 litre powerplant produces 125 kW @ between 3000-3500 rpm, with torque of 400 Nm @ between 1250-3000 rpm.
The engine is coupled to the proven Iveco 6-speed synchromesh, double overdrive transmission for superior vehicle control off-road.
Other benefits of the new vehicle include a revised braking system for improved stopping power and the introduction of ESP (Electronic Stability Program).
With its car licence-friendly 4,495kg GVM or no-cost option 5,500kg GVM re-rating, 3,500kg braked towing capacity and single and dual cab options, the new Daily 4×4 is expected to continue the strong penetration of the current Daily 4×4 into markets such as emergency services, remote area maintenance as well as for hard core recreational touring.