Toyota, Citroen and Peugeot Debut New Platform-Sharing Vans

The Toyota Proace

The Toyota Proace

The Toyota Proace, Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert are all built on the same underlying platform. So whenever a generational update is rolled out, all three ranges benefit from a major overhaul.

This week saw this trio of cooperating manufacturers reveal details about their own mid-size van models created as a result of this partnership. And the EMP2 platform seems to have a lot to offer buyers, marking a natural evolution of existing vans built previously.

The Dispatch and The Expert

In terms of engines, both the Dispatch and Expert will benefit from the latest BlueHDi technology, which should result in fuel consumption levels which are lower than any other vans in the same class. While a basic 95hp power plant will feature on the 1.6 litre model, a larger 2.0 litre engine will be offered, raising the output to 180hp.

Safety is assured thanks to the fact that these vans have been awarded five stars as part of the Euro NCAP testing programme. And with standard features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alerts and automatic braking, drivers and fleet operators alike should be confident in the capabilities of each model.

As with the MPVs based on the EMP2 platform which were revealed earlier in the year, the Dispatch and Expert will be getting a good array of car-like entertainment and connectivity features. An integrated touchscreen display, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and other smartphone syncing systems, is the cherry on the cake.

Opening the sliding doors at the side of these vans should be much simpler thanks to a hands-free system that relies on motion detection to work out when the driver wants to gain access. And a rear-view camera will make parking in tight spots less of a chore.

The Proace

The Proace is largely identical to its European counterparts but does come with a few features that are exclusively branded by Toyota, including the Safety Sense pack that has a range of assist capabilities to put the driver and other road users in good hands.

A new Compact model will be offered which like its larger counterparts will feature three seats in the cab in combination with a shorter wheelbase that is more manoeuvrable and practical.

The load area itself comes with the Smart Cargo system on board, embracing a flexible bulkhead set-up that means the load length capacity can be increased as and when necessary, adding 0.5 cubic metres to the total volume of the van.

The new vans from Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota will be going on sale in the UK this year, with appearances planned for the Commercial Vehicle Show this month in Birmingham.

At the moment the UK’s LCV market is undergoing something of a surge in sales, with this buoyancy also reflected across the rest of Europe. The result is that these manufacturers have picked an excellent time to launch a new range of light vans that step in to fill the shoes of models that are already successful.

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