For those with extraordinarily large families and poor eyesight, we bring great news. Fiat has announced details and photos of the new Doblo, a car that makes up for its van looks with unbridled practicality.
The fourth-generation Fiat Doblo has a restyled front end, new front wings, new headlamps and a new grille to help make it more ‘car-like’, to quote the Italian manufacturer.
There is also body-coloured moulding at the back as well as new rear lights to break up that sizable back end, a new grey paintjob and new wheel cover and alloy designs to choose between.
Fiat has improved the noise insulation so the new Doblo should be quieter inside, while gear changes are said to be more precise and the throttle pedal more responsive.
A choice of either five or seven seats in three trim levels are available. You can also choose between two roof heights and three engine and transmission choices, including a 95hp 1.4-litre petrol, 105hp 1.6-litre MultiJet 2 and 90hp 1.6-litre MultiJet 2 Dualogic. No word on fuel efficiency or CO2 emissions just yet.
In its five door version, the Fiat Doblo can fit 790 litres of stuff in the boot, expandable up to a massive 3,200 litres with the rear seats down. A positional parcel shelf that can support up to 70kg of weight and utterly ridiculous head and legroom are the cherry on the practicality cake. You can also choose to spec various tailgates and a fold-flat front passenger seat.
Standard equipment on the 2015 model includes Start&Stop, remote central locking, electric front windows and 60:40 split rear seats found on the Pop model. In terms of safety, you can expect Hill Holder, ABS, ESC, ASR and front airbags for no extra money.
The MyLife trim level has been replaced with ‘Easy’, which adds body-coloured bumpers at the front and rear, front fog lights, body-coloured electric door mirrors, audio controls on the steering wheel and a height adjustable driver’s seat.
At the top is Lounge (replacing Eleganza), which ups the ante with air-conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, an improved audio system, power folding door mirrors, leather steering wheel and gear knob, tinted windows, rear electric windows and cruise control.
The Pop model starts from £13,480, while the Easy with the 95hp 1.4-litre petrol costs from £14,650. A top-spec 1.6-litre MultiJet 2 with Fiat’s Dualogic automated transmission, meanwhile, is £18,780.
For a much prettier, less practical alternative from Fiat, you should cast your eyes on the Fiat 500X.