Chrysler has confirmed it is considering the Fiat Ducato and Iveco Daily to replace the Dodge Sprinter.
Fiat Ducato Minibus
The Sprinter is a commercial van produced by Mercedes for Chrysler here in the USA. Now that the partnership with Mercedes is winding down, it's natural that Fiat will fill the void with it's own similar vehicles.
The Ducato competes with the Sprinter in Europe, being a similar type of vehicle. Starting price for the Sprinter is near $40,000 while the Fiat in Europe starts under $30,000.
The Ducato size runs from 195.4 to 250.5 inches compared to the Sprinter's 232.5 to 273.2 inches. Payload on the Ducato ranges from 2513 to 4078 lbs in comparison to the Sprinter's 3616 to 4530 lbs.
Iveco is Fiat's truck and commercial-vehicle subsidiary. The Iveco Daily is a heavy duty vehicle with payloads much greater than the Sprinter's, coming in at between 6327 to 8024 lbs. The Daily size is closer starting a little smaller at 215.7 inches to a little larger at 276.1 inches.
Either vehicle is a huge step forward compared to the GM and Ford vans in the market place. Those vans are rehashed 1960's designs.