Daily 35 S12 2.3 Extra High Roof 4100WB
NVS Verdict: The Iveco Daily isn’t like any other heavy panel van or chassis-cab on the roads. Look underneath and you’ll find a massive ladder-frame chassis. Iveco have used all their experience in the ‘Truck’ market place and used this to develop a heavy duty 3.5 tonne panel van
Iveco Daily 35S12 2.3 Extra High Roof 4100 LWB Panel Van
What is it?
The new Daily was designed from a blank sheet of paper and 80% of parts are different. They’ve kept that big ladder frame chassis (and why not?) while the looks are all new
As with the old Daily the seats are hard and supportive – just right for comfort over long distances. And the passengers seats are as good as the driver’s seat too – something you don’t always find in vans.
noticeably quieter, smoother and better handling than the models they replace
Not only is this large panel van actually the smallest model in its manufacturer’s range, it’s also one of the few big vans that isn’t available elsewhere with a different badge on its bonnet.
The Daily’s uniqueness in itself is, of course, no reason to buy one. But the big truck expertise behind the van and the lack of identikit alternatives are also far from the extent of Iveco’s sales pitch as it bids to challenge rivals like Ford's Transit and the Mercedes Sprinter.
The latest Iveco Daily sticks with the tough ladder-frame chassis design that’s become a cornerstone of the van’s appeal.
The engine range is shared with Fiat’s front-wheel-drive Ducato but the 2.3 and 3.0-litre 4-cylinder common-rail diesel units are available in a wider range of power options in the Daily, as well as being mounted longitudinally to drive the rear wheels. One traditional disadvantage of a ladder frame chassis design is a high loading height but Iveco has managed to lower the Daily’s by 55mm, producing a load platform that’s less of a step up than that of rear-wheel-drive rivals.
Iveco Daily specification overview
This van isn’t for lightweight use but if you need a tough contender for heavy work, you can’t go far wrong with the Daily. All the old rough edges have been well and truly consigned to the great parts bin in the sky – what we have now is stylish, smooth, refined, economical and as car like as a big van can ever be.
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