Australian specialist upfitter EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles Pty. Ltd. -- best known for its go anywhere Fuso FG 4x4 EXP -- will debut a range of bonzer AWD Iveco Daily-based overland expedition vehicles at Town and Country Vehicle Accessories in Sydney, Australia, on September 28, 2013. The three new EarthCruiser models; the Iveco Dual Cab, the EarthCruiser Iveco 440T Single Cab and the EarthCruiser 360T Single Cab are all powered by Iveco’s 170hp 3.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Built from a solid steel truck chassis -- produced by Italy’s Fiat Industrial S.p.A -- the sturdy Iveco Daily incorporates parabolic leaf springs on both front and rear axles, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll stabiliser bars.
The Daily’s permanent four wheel drive system -- with front, centre and rear differential locks -- is a further testament to the unit’s impressive off-road credentials. The latter likely explains why the robust Iveco Daily platform continues to grow in popularity with specialist upfitters, including South Africa-based Motorhome-World ( Discoverer Extreme), Australia’s Ridgeline (“V” series pop-top campers), Italy’s SCAM Light Tactical Vehicles (military grade Iveco Daily) and a string of German manufacturers including Unicat (EX-37), Bocklet (Dakar 630) and Bimobil (“EX” series).
Although EarthCruiser has yet to release the specifications for the new Iveco Daily camper it would appear that two of the units -- the dual cab and 360T -- have been outfitted with the company’s regular 7.5-square-metre camper module whilst the 440T sports an extended camping module.
Iveco Daily Technical Specifications:
Departure/Approach Angles: 51° departure • 27° approach • 36° departure angle, with rear bar raised • Fording depth: Up to 700 mm • Towing Capacity: 3500 Kg • Wheelbase Options: 3.4 m wheelbase Cab Chassis or Dual Cab, with a 4.49 t GVM with axle loads of 2,450 kg on the front axle and 3,700 kg on the rear axle with an option of 5.2 t GVM • Fuel Capacity: 90L • Payload: 2655kg (Cab Chassis) or 2455kg (Dual Cab) •GVM: Up to 5.2 tonnes •
Additional Information: EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles Pty. Ltd., 17 Old Farm Rd., Helensburgh, New South Wales, Australia • Tel: +61 412 642 437 •