FIAT DUCATO 4X4 EXPEDITION Adventure, comfort and style FIAT DUCATO 4X4 EXPEDITION Built on the Fiat
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FIAT DUCATO 4X4 EXPEDITION
Built on the Fiat Ducato base and powered by a 2.3-litre turbo-diesel Multijet II engine the Fiat Ducato 4×4 Expedition is designed for adventurous people seeking a vehicle agile on the road with a large, comfortable living space and more interior height than usual. The model won’t ever make it into production and is just an exercise to show Fiat know-how in all aspects of recreational vehicle engineering.
Words Giorgio Carpi - Photos by Fiat and Jörg Nullmeyer
Adventure, comfort and style
The Fiat Ducato 4x4 Expedition Show Camper Van took partto all the main events dedicated to caravanning in Europe.Outfitted on a Ducato camper base, with extended overhang and high roof is the result of the collaboration with top-quality recreational vehicle furniture maker Tecnoform. Also involved in the project are Dangel for the four-wheel drive system and Olmedo for body customisation. Built on the bestseller, Fiat Ducato camper base, long wheelbase configuration with overhang and high roof, Fiat Ducato 4x4 Expedition is designed for adventurous people seeking a vehicle which is high-performing and agile on the road and has a large, comfortable living space and more interior height than usual allo- wing to stand up in it. On the outside, the Show Camper Van fea- tures a two-colour paint job in two shades of grey, a raised, wide- ned ride and plenty of Ducato Camper customisations, like a front skid-plate and LED DRLs. The outfit is completed by a front winch and roof-rack, which is fully equipped for holidays off the beaten track and can be walked on in part, meaning it can be used as a handy outdoor space at over two and a half metres from the
ground. Smart technical solutions enhance its versatility and reas- sert its strong character. Fiat Ducato 4x4 Expedition was prepared for customers with a sporty, adventurous lifestyle who want the best technological contents. This is why the outfit includes tablet holder with USB port, touchscreen Radio UconnectTM NAV integra- ted the navigation system, rear camera and LED DRLs. The vehicle is the result of a collaboration with well-known experts in the sector. The Four-wheel drive expert Dangel, with more than 35 years of expertise in the field, designed the 4x4 transmission system with the goal of enhancing its adventurous, non-conventio- nal character. More in detail, the permanent all-wheel drive system with viscous coupling combined with a special raised ride and over- sized tyres allows to tackle all surfaces safely and confidently. The exteriors were designed by Olmedo, a company where craftsman- ship and ingenuity meet to satisfy the needs of the most diverse customers. Olmedo’s goal is to provide solutions for improving tran- sport conditions and special outfits for various uses, also for the mobility impaired, to guarantee freedom of movement, comfort and safety.
THE PARTNERS FIAT DUCATO 4X4 EXPEDITION
Tecnoform Tecnoform is the leader in interior furniture for motorhomes and yachts and known for integrating top-end materials, design skills, efficient production and sophisticated logistics. Over the past twenty years, Tecnoform has set the trends for recreational vehicle interiors in terms of style, technology and comfort and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with Fiat Ducato 4x4 Expedition. The interior design is characterised by clean lines, essential streamline furniture and use of high-tech materials to create a lounge-like atmosphere for perfect relaxa- tion at the end of an intense day outdoors. In an ambiance where elegance meets practical construction solutions and use of top-end materials, technology plays an important role in integrating design ideas and conveying an overall feeling of cosiness and happiness inside. For instance, Tecnoform has created a lighting system integrated in the furniture units and a last-generation entertainment system with multiple speakers and two retractable flat screen TVs. Sophisticated comfort gives way to functionality in travelling configuration. The furniture tops are provided with a sort of 'lid' which elegantly conceals the real destination of use of the units to enhance rational organisation and streamline shapes.