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Santana Motor, part-owned by Iveco, jointly developed the Iveco Massif 4x4. As with the Santana PS-10 'Anibal', the 'Massif' featured Iveco engines and power trains.

Iveco had announced in Madrid in May 2006 that it was essentially taking over the PS-10 product. Iveco had already supplied the engine and drive-train to Santana for its PS-10 model so this seemed a logical progression.The Massif was for a short time produced alongside the Santana PS-10 at the Santana factory in Linares.

Iveco Massif on the production line

The Massif was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro and the Iveco Style Centre. The Massif bears a clear family resemblance to its sister product the Santana PS-10, which itself was heavily based on the Land Rover Series / Defender models.

The Massif was available with two versions of Iveco’s 3.0 litre diesel engine taken from the Iveco Daily van. A 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) HPI version with 350 N·m (258 lb·ft) of torque and a 176 PS (129 kW; 174 bhp) HPT version with 400 N·m (295 lb·ft) of torque are available. The extra horsepower of the HPT version comes from a variable geometry turbocharger. Both engines met Euro IV emissions standards.

The Massif was fitted with a 6-speed ZF 6S400 overdrive manual gearbox with high and low range ratios. No automatic option was available. The Massif also had selectable four-wheel drive. This was intended to reduce fuel consumption, claimed as “up to 10%” by Iveco. The Massif is usually in four-by-two, rear-wheel drive unless four-wheel drive is engaged.

The Massif was also fitted with manual-locking free-wheeling hubs on the front axles which prevented the rotation of front axle components. An optional limited slip rear differential was also available to improve off-road ability by reducing the chance of getting cross-axled.

The Massif had all round disc brakes with ventilated discs on the front axle and simple discs on the rear axle. The hand brake was also a disc brake, operating on the transmission.

As with the PS-10, the Massif was fitted with parabolic spring suspension all round, as opposed to the coil springs of its contemporary the Land Rover Defender. The parabolic suspension system was arranged with double bladed springs on the front axle and four bladed springs on the rear axle. The Massif was fitted with hydraulic dampers on the front axle, gas dampers on the rear axle and anti-roll bars at both front and rear to give a compromise of on-road handling and off-road ability.

The rear door of the Massif was designed to have a full metre wide opening to allow a standard Euro pallet to be comfortably carried in the rear of the vehicle – intended as a unique selling point of the vehicle because of its anticipated market of the utility/commercial sector.

The Massif could also be specified with a variety of transmission or transfer box power take-off units and electrical connections on the body work to increase its attraction to commercial users further.

The interior of the Massif had been overhauled from the Santana PS-10 version to make it more competitive with the recently updated (2007) Land Rover Defender. There was hard-wearing ‘utility’ interiors available, but the Massif could also be specified with air-conditioning, leather and satellite navigation.

The Massif was available in long (2,768 mm (109.0 in)) and short wheelbase (2,452 mm (96.5 in)) variants. A hard top, station wagon, pick up and chassis cab were available. The long wheelbase station wagon could seat up to 7 people. A "heavy duty" version of the Massif with a 3.5 tonne GVW and towing capacity was also in development for commercial users.

Launch models were heavily promoted with advertising showing the All Blacks New Zealand Rugby Union squad as Iveco had recently signed up as the main sponsor of the team. Launch vehicles were displayed with black body work and "tribal" graphics which are associated with the team.

The Massif was also aimed at the service sector and the Iveco website displayed computer generated models of the Massif with custom bodywork to allow the Massif to be used as emergency service vehicles such as ambulances and fire-fighting vehicles for off-road use; traditionally a sector that the Land Rover Defender with its specially dedicated Land Rover Special Vehicles division has dominated.

Iveco later announced that a military specification of the Massif would be available and would be fully air-portable similarly to its sister vehicle the Santana PS-10.

Iveco Massif

Iveco Massif

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This vehicle was to be marketed and sold world-wide by Iveco, using it's established dealer networks. However the initial target sales volumes of 5000 - 6000 per year never materialised, and in 2010 Iveco discontinued the Massif model.

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