I’ve already experienced the regular 4×2 Iveco Daily on a couple of occasions, now the new-generation of the Iveco Daily 4×4 is about to start landing in dealerships.
And after experiencing the new 4×4 model I’m happy to declare it one of the most capable off-road vehicles available…anywhere.
Taking off-roading to a completely new level above your average Toyota LandCruiser or 4×4 dual-cab, the Iveco Daily 4×4 is a serious truck.
Iveco see the new offering as being a vehicle that is ideal for Australian’s who love the great outdoors and need a vehicle that will comfortably and confidently tackle the really tough stuff.
Available in two forms, including a version that can be driven on a regular car license, the single cab version is priced from $88,000 and the dual-cab kicks-off from $94,000.
Iveco tell us the model has been designed to be versatile, comfortable, capable and safe.
While those who want to dress-up their Daily 4×4 are set to have a wide choice of aftermarket features available to them, according to Iveco.
The brand tells us they’ve been collaborating with a number of aftermarket accessories brands on products such as bull-bars.
Aside from private buyers the brand is also hopeful of seeing the Daily 4×4 capture more of the market in a number of professional environments, such as mining, construction, emergency services and local government.
One addition to the model, coming in March, is sure to open up the model to many more of these potential buyers – dual front airbags.
This new version of the Iveco Daily 4×4 boasts a beefier front bumper, new generation stability control and electronic brake force distribution.
Under the bonnet is the 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine that produces 125kW/400Nm and at this stage transmission choice is limited to just a six-speed manual transmission.
With 24 ratios, a 100 to 1 final drive ratio, as well as front, centre and rear diff-locks, the Daily 4×4 is a step-above your average 4×4.
What also makes it extremely capable off-road is the 300mm ground clearance, as well as unbeatable approach and departure angles.
Making it an even more hard-edged off-roader Iveco has fitted features such as fan switch that allows you to turn-off the engine cooling fan when crossing rivers (it has a 660mm wading depth).
The model also boasts a 2.6 tonne front recovery point and you can tow up to 3.5 tonnes.
While you can option your Daily 4×4 with two PTO’s (power take-off) that will allow for the fitment of a genuinely tough winch etc.
Catch my chat with Iveco Australia Marketing Manager, Darren Swenson, about the new Daily 4×4…
Coming standard with 17” ‘on-road’ tyres, Iveco dealerships also have optional ‘off-road’ tyres available on 16” rims. The Daily 4×4 is also able to handle rubber up to 37” in diameter.
I experienced both the on and off road tyres on the dirt and mud and if you’re going off-road you are much better off with the chunkier rubber (not surprisingly).
Check out the Iveco Daily 4×4 in action…
We got to test drive the Daily 4×4 at the Melbourne 4×4 Training and Proving Ground and I came away really satisfied.
There is very little the Daily 4×4 isn’t going to be able to do in off-road conditions and with the exceptional low gear reduction, getting up and down most obstacle is safe and controlled.
The ramp-over and approach and departure capabilities are exceptional and the high and forward driving position make it even easier to see what you’re taking on.
The cabin is roomy and comfortable enough too and the array of storage spots is extremely impressive (as with the 4×2 Daily models).
Summing it up: if you want a head-turning vehicle that is ready for anything, especially fun, then the Iveco Daily 4×4 is vehicle for you.
Probably the only thing that the Daily 4×4 should have, and that we could see in the future, is an automatic transmission.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Iveco Daily 4×4
Engine: 3.0 litre turbo-diesel producing 125kW/400Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual (only)
Safety: Not tested
Price: from $88,000