Toyota reveals details of its first light van

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019   |   Author: James Dallas

Toyota has revealed details of its new Proace City, a light van developed in collaboration with the PSA Group and based on the same platform as the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner.

The van, which represents Toyota’s first foray into the light van sector, will make its global debut at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show at Birmingham’s NEC on 30 April. It will join the Hilux pick-up truck and the Proace medium van, which is also built in partnership with PSA and based on the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert, in Toyota’s LCV line-up.

The Proace City is offered in two lengths – short at 4.4m and long at 4.7m. Both can be specified with two or three front seats, and as panel or glazed vans. The long version is also available as a crew cab. The passenger version is offered with five or seven seats both in the short and long version.

Load volumes for the panel van go from 3.3m3 to 4.3m3 while payloads range from 650kg to 1.0-tonne and the van has a towing capacity of 1.5-tonnes.

Adding the Smart Cargo system, which is available with the three-seat bench cabin, increases load lengths to 3.1m for the short version and 3.4m for the long version, up from 1.8m and 2.2m respectively without the option

Toyota says Proace City will be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines offering a power spread from 75 to 130hp, and with a choice of five or six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions.

Like the Berlingo and Partner, the Proace City van can be fitted with a rear hatch in the roof if longer items need to be carried. This comes with a crossbar that can support up to 100kg.

Standard safety features include include a pre-collision system, road sign assist, lane keep assist, cruise control and a “coffee cup warning” that recommends the driver takes a break if they have spent too long at the wheel.

The content is increased in a second pack with automatic high beam, sway warning and an extended road sign assist system, while the most comprehensive package adds adaptive cruise control and a blind spot monitor. All models come with eCall for automatic connection with the emergency services in the event of a serious accident.

The Proace City comes with an eight-inch touchscreen to access audio and smartphone functions, with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus Bluetooth, and USB/aux-in connections. It can be used with navigation and online functions, including 3D mapping, voice command recognition and connected traffic information (via Tomtom Traffic).

The van also features a head-up display, presenting information such as navigation, speed limits and safety functions in the driver’s sightline.

A rear-view camera provides a 180-degree view of the area behind the vehicle, and a static view covering a wider area.

Toyota Traction Select enables the driver to choose between Normal, Snow, Sand and All-terrain modes and another innovation carried over from the PSA vans is the  Smart Load Indicator that warns when 90% of the maximum payload is reached and sounds an alert when the maximum is exceeded.

 

 



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