FIAT says the sixth-generation of the LCV, which has notched up 2.6 million sales since it was first launched in 1981, "will continue to set the segment benchmark, not only in Europe, but also in the 80 international regions in which it is now on sale, including Russia, Middle East, Australia and Latin America, as well as North America, where it is marketed under the RAM brand".
The all-new front end features new DRL headlamps, with optional LEDs, and a bold new grille design, available in satin silver or piano black, as well as a new three-part front bumper which helps to reduce repair costs.
A new bonnet, skid plate and new alloy wheels complete the revised exterior style.
Inside, the new FIAT Ducato offers two cabin environments - Classic or Techno - with different levels of refinement.
New seats offer car-like comfort levels on all models, while other enhancements include large new cup holders and a new, segment-exclusive multifunction tablet holder, which can safely secure any one of a variety of devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as normal pads of A4 paper.
The new FIAT Ducato is packed with hi-tech content, such as state-of-the-art safety and driving assistance devices, as well as new infotainment systems.
All versions continue to offer an electronic stability control (ESC) system as standard, but it now integrates a rollover mitigation system, to increase comfort and protect the load from unexpected motion, in conjunction with Load and Centre of Gravity Detection (LAC), Hill Holder, anti-slip (ASR) and electronic braking assistance (EBA) systems.
Additionally, to ensure greater manoeuvrability and enhanced driving comfort, dual-mode Servotronic power steering continues to be offered as standard, while further driving assistance systems are available on request, such as Traction+ (complete with Hill Descent Control), lane departure warning system and road sign recognition system.
There are also developments in the field of infotainment, where the new model offers Bluetooth technology and MP3 playback as standard and top-of-the-range versions include a five-inch colour touchscreen, reversing camera, built-in navigation and DAB digital radio.
FIAT goes on to say that the new Ducato from FIAT Professional offers the widest front-wheel-drive range on the market, with 10,000 variants available across its commercial vehicle, passenger transport and conversion chassis versions.
Within the van range, you can choose from between eight different load capacities, ranging from 8 to 17m³, four lengths and three different heights.
Five lengths are offered for the chassis cabs, one more than the current range.