Triplets: Fiat Doblo Rebadged as Opel Combo Van, Comes to U.S. as Ram
The beauty of badge engineering at its finest can be seen on the Fiat Doblo. We knew the European van was coming to the U.S. under the Ram nameplate, but it's also gained another identity overseas. The Opel Combo Cargo van, shown at a utility vehicle show in Switzerland, also looks suspiciously similar to the Doblo.
Since the Combo Cargo and Fiat Doblo are basically one in the same, an Opel press release that reveals some of the Combo's features may serve as a preview on what we can expect with the upcoming Ram. Available in a variety of configurations, the Combo Cargo van is offered with a short or long wheelbase, and two roof heights. Customers can also choose whether or not they want asymmetrical rear doors, a tailgate, or one or two optional sliding doors on the sides. An additional flap can even be installed on the rear of the roof that can be used for accommodating ladders.
Inside, large door compartments, a storage area under the roof, document holder on the instrument panel, and a laptop holder inside the glove compartment are useful when it comes to working on the go. Cargo capacity measures up to 162 cubic ft., and the van can carry a payload of up to a ton. As for powertrain options, four diesel engines, a gasoline engine, and a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine are available, and will be paired to either a five- or six-gear manual transmission depending on engine choice. All versions except the CNG have start-stop technology. Although Chrysler has said it foresees a bigger role for diesel in the North American market, we have no indication as to whether the Ram variant will launch with a standard or optional diesel mill.