Piaggio reveals new Porter NP6 city truck

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 27 Jan 2021

At an online international première held yesterday, the Piaggio Group presented its new range of four-wheel lightweight commercial vehicles: the new Porter NP6. Billed as its first city truck, Piaggio says the Porter NP6 “combines compact dimensions with an extraordinary payload and exclusively eco-friendly engines.”

“As rapid changes take place in mobility and in consumer spending and goods delivery, the Piaggio Group is anticipating new trends by evolving its product range” commented Piaggio Group Chairman and CEO Roberto Colaninno. “Today the DNA of the Piaggio Group is taking yet another step forward with the renewal of the Porter, one of our historic commercial vehicles, bringing it into line with the needs of modern urban mobility. The Porter NP6 is the apex of the strategic development of Piaggio Commercial, our core business together with the two-wheeler and the robotics businesses, and will help us strengthen our position on the lightweight commercial vehicles market and further our international growth,” concluded Colaninno.

Compact dimensions (the cabin is only 1.64 metres wide) and the new CombiFuel petrol\LPG and petrol\methane 1,498cc Euro 6D Final engines make the Piaggio Porter NP6 suited as an urban work vehicle for last-mile deliveries and short- and medium-range goods transport.

The CombiFuel engines are available in two different versions, depending on the required LPG or methane range: Short Range, intended for mainly urban use, and Long Range, for activities that need greater autonomy and loading capacity.

Compared with the previous vehicle, the Piaggio Porter NP6 targets a wider audience, offering a 30% increase in the payload and  configuration options.

The Porter NP6 range is versatile and customisable, with hundreds of variants. There are three models, two with a cargo bed (fixed or dumper), and one with a chassis for a wide variety of configurations.

As a commercial vehicle, it has been designed to maximise loading capacity while providing compactness and agility and simultaneously increasing safety and on-board comfort.

In terms of frame capacity, the rear-axle versions with single wheels support up to 1,275 kg, while the twin-wheel versions exceed 1,600 kg, transporting loads well above their own weight and maintaining a weight on the ground of not more than 2,800 kg.

The new Porter NP6 range is manufactured in Italy, in the Piaggio Group’s Pontedera factory, and distributed in the main European countries through a dedicated network of dealers who specialise in commercial vehicle sale and support services, for maximum customer satisfaction.

Depending on the configurations, the Piaggio Porter NP6 will be sold at an ex-showroom price starting from over 15,000 euros (Rs 12.40 lakh) for the petrol\LPG version.