Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota reveal new medium vans
30 March 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota have revealed brand-new versions of their Dispatch, Expert and Proace vans ahead of their world debuts at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham next month.
First deliveries are expected to commence in September, with the vans will be offered in three formats - extended cab, platform cab and combi.
The new models are set to take on existing rivals such as the Renault Trafic and Fiat's new Talento medium van, which is also due to arrive in the UK in the summer.
UK pricing and specification for Citroen, Peugoet and Toyota's new models will be announced closer to their on-sale dates.
The companies claim the new models are capable of best-in-class CO2 emissions of 133g/km and 55mpg. The vans are powered by 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines with power outputs between 95hp and 115hp.
Automatic or manual gearboxes are available, while the vans offer up to 6.6m3 of carrying space and up to 1400kg of load weight.
The new vans feature a number of new features for the segment, including hands-free sliding doors, a head-up display and a seven-inch touchscreen satnav with voice controls.
The satnav includes free lifetime map updates four times a year, as well as access to connected services for three years, including real-time traffic information, service station location and price details and weather forecasts.
Other driver assistance technologies meanwhile, include a blind spot monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors, plus a reversing camera, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
"Our ambition with the new Expert is to attract new customers. Its innovative design offers differentiating services and embodies a new aspect of our high-end strategy in the utility vehicles sector", said: Maxime Picat, Peugeot CEO.