Toyota has announced new standard equipment for its Proace medium van.

The most prominent new standard feature is the Smart Cargo loading system, which features a load-through opening in the front bulkhead and a lift-folding function in the front passenger seat, allowing long items that would not previously have fitted in the load bay alone to be partially accommodated in the cabin.

Toyota says this increases the Proace’s maximum loading length by 1,162mm, and increases the van’s overall load volume by half a cubic metre.

The system also comes with an arm rest for the driver and passenger, adjustable lumbar support on the driver’s seat and a fold-out backrest section in the centre passenger seat which can be used as a desktop.

Toyota has also announced that manual air conditioning will now be fitted as standard with the entry-level Proace Active, and that all Proace models will now come as standard with an alarm.

The changes take effect for the 2021 model year. The updated Proace range will go on sale from mid-September, with the first deliveries in October.