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Doblo Gets More Grunt

Tue, 19 Feb 2002
FIAT has announced an uprated diesel version of its Doblo utility which is not only much quicker on the uptake, but also much cleaner.

Its 1.9 litre JTD common rail injected engine develops 100bhp (v/s 63bhp of the standard Doblo diesel) and 201Nm (148 lb ft) torque at 1,500rpm. With its JTD engine the Doblo gets to 60mph in just over 12 seconds, goes on to 104mph and emits 168g/km CO2, which pulls it back to the £150pa VED bracket. Combined fuel consumption is 44.1mpg.

Load capacity remains a class leading 3.2 to 3.8 cubic metres, payload weight is 625kg and for an extra £176.25 payload weight can be increased to 850kg.

Prices start at £9,585 for the SX, rising to £10,629 for the ELX which has body coloured bumpers and a lifting tailgate instead of twin rear doors. Prices for 1.2 litre petrol engined Dobo utilities start at £8,694.

A long list of optional extra includes air conditioning at £651, ABS at £564 and reverse parking sensors at £117.50.

Curiously, Doblo Cargo vans are much more expensive, ranging from £10,074 for the 1.2 petrol to £11,895 for the SX JTD, though VAT on these is usually reclaimable by VAT registered businesses.

More at www.fiat.co.uk

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