PRODUCTION of the new Toyota Proace, which marks the company’s return to the medium-duty van market, is set to begin in France in April, with UK sales following soon after.
Two lengths and heights will be available, with load capacities of 5cu m, 6cu m or 7cu m, payloads from 1 tonne to 1.2 tonnes, and Proace will be able to tow up to 2 tonnes.
Euro 5 diesel engines with outputs from 89 to 161bhp will be offered, depending on the market.
The 89hp 1.6-litre engine produces 180Nm of torque and is mated with a five-speed manual transmission. Two 2.0-litre diesel units will be available, with outputs of 126hp and 161hp and peak torque figures of 320Nm and 340Nm respectively. Both 2.0-litre engines are matched with a six-speed manual transmission.
An 80-litre fuel tank capacity gives the 2.0-litre versions of Proace a possible range of more than 770 miles before refuelling.
Two sliding side doors can be specified and buyers can also choose between a top-hinged tailgate and dual side-hinged rear doors that open to 270 degrees.
The cab is said to offer an MPV-like environment with high driver’s seat and a large windscreen giving excellent visibility. According to Toyota, Proace is highly specified with electric windows, central remote door locking, and an adjustable steering position. Details of optional equipment items will be available nearer to the on-sale date.
The standard safety provisions include ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control and daytime running lights.
Proace can also be specified as a panel van, glass van, or six-seat crew cab. A wide range of dedicated accessories should allow customers to tailor their vehicle to suit a broad range of business van and operational requirements.
The Hiace replacement has been developed in conjunction with PSA Peugeot Citroen and will be built at the company’s Sevelnord factory in northern France.
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