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Now in its fifth generation and celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Fiat Ducato is to be fitted with a new range of fuel-efficient 2.0-litre, 2.3-litre and 3.0-litre Euro 5 compliant Multijet ll diesel engines.

The 2.0-litre 115bhp will not be coming to the UK as it’s not compatible with right-hand drive vehicles however, Fiat Professional in the UK should be offering a 2.3-litre 110bhp version (in lieu of the 2.0-litre) as well as 130bhp and 148bhp models. The flagship model will be a 3.0-litre 177bhp variant.

All feature a Diesel Particulate Filter and come mated to a six-speed manual transmission, as well as the option of a six-speed semi-auto manual gearbox for the 3.0-litre.

Fiat claim fuel consumption improvements in the region of 14% over the current Euro 4 engines, whilst service intervals for the new powerplants stand at an impressive 30,000 miles.

Other upgrades include a redesigned dashboard, controls and instrument pack. Options include the latest load-sensing ESP system which can incorporate a new selectable Traction+ function for those operating in low friction environments.

The Euro 5 Ducato goes on sale across mainland Europe at the end of June, with right-hand drive models available in September. Prices are expected to be a fraction up on the models they replace.

Christopher Macgowan