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Fiat Professional Doblo Cargo Work Up with dropside body revives market for small pick-ups

Fiat Doblo Cargo Work Up: new market niche

New Doblo Cargo version has aluminium dropside body and 1-tonne payload

CAR-DERIVED pick-ups used to be popular, but have all but died out in the UK in recent years. But Fiat Professional is about to revive the small pick-up with the launch of the Fiat Doblo Cargo Work Up, a compact dropside light commercial vehicle.

It retains the Doblo Cargo van’s compact external dimensions, though the lightweight body makes it a competent load-carrier with a 1-tonne payload. The Doblo Work Up is aimed at sectors such as agriculture, construction, or maintenance services. It is ideal for the transport of frames and glass and can take, for example, three Euro pallets or 33 boxes of fruit.

It’s based on a chassis-cab version of the Doblo Cargo, fitted with a high-resistance steel load box with fold-down sides in aluminium alloy. The load floor is made of anti-slip multi-layer wood. Under the floor is a compartment for stowing long tools, safely protected from the elements.

The load box is 2.30m long and 1.82m wide, with 4sq m of loading area which can accommodate a payload of up to 1,000kg. Additionally, the multi-link suspension permits a rear axle load up to 1,450kg.

On each side of the vehicle there is a small, practical step that allows the user to get into the load area. This structure has a ladder rack/door poles, load restraining hooks, and a sturdy protective grille on the rear window of the cab.

The new Fiat Doblo Work Up is powered by a choice of two Euro 5 turbodiesel engines: 1.3 MultiJet 90bhp, with a consumption of 55.4mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions of 133g/km; and 1.6 MultiJet 105bhp, with 49.6mpg (combined) and 150g/km CO2 emissions.

Both engines in the Fiat Doblo Work Up feature a fuel-saving Start&Stop system and diesel particulate filter. Other features include multi-link rear suspension, stability control, and ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD electronic brakeforce distribution. Available as an option is ESP with hill start assist.

The new Fiat Doblo Work Up costs £16,065 (basic) for the 1.3 MultiJet 16v Euro 5 and £17,065 (basic) for the 1.6 MultiJet 16v Euro 5.