HERE’s a first sight of the new Peugeot Boxer.
Like its stable mate the Citroen Relay, and the Fiat Ducato which share the same underpinnings, the Boxer has just undergone a heavy revamp and will go on sale early this summer.
Key features include a wide range of sizes and capacities, revised Euro 5 compliant engines, full ESP capabilities, and a very heavily re-worked interior filled with all the mobile office mod cons we are coming to expect.
First the engines.
The new Peugeot Boxer comes with a range of five latest-generation diesel engines that meet Euro 5 emissions standards:
- The 2.2-litre HDi FAP 110.
- The 2.2-litre HDi FAP 130 and the 2.2-litre HDi FAP 150. The 2.2-litre HDi FAP 130 can be specified with Stop & Start.
- The 3.0-litre HDi FAP 180 with an impressive 400Nm of torque.
The arrival of Stop & Start technology on the 2.2-litre HDi 130 helps push the Boxer’s fuel consumption up among the best, and cuts emissions by around 5g/km as well.
Big choice of shapes and sizes
According to Peugeot, the new Boxer offers the widest choice of bodies in the market making it suitable for all sorts of business requirements and trades.
With three wheelbases (3m, 3.45m and 4.04m), the variants come in four vehicle lengths (L1, L2, L3 and L4) and three heights (H1, H2 and H3), from which eight body combinations are available from 8cu m to 17cu m.
Other versions to meet the needs of particular trades are:
- Seven-seat crew cab;
- Flat bed, with single three-seat or double seven-seat cab;
- Tippers and dropsides with GVW of 3350kg;
- Base vehicles for conversions on single- and double-chassis cabs, floor cabs, bare chassis and ‘back-to-back’ (delivered as a pair to be separated in conversion) versions.
The new Boxer has one of the widest Gross Vehicle Weights ranges available, with five GVWs from 3 to 4 tonnes, offered in two ranges
- Light range: 330 (3 tonnes) / 333 (3.3 tonnes) / 335 (3.5 tonnes);
- Heavy range: 435 (3.5 tonnes) / 440 (4 tonnes).
Safety and driver assistance
There’s a full ESP system across the range, with additional features available as options or on particular models. These include:
- Hill Start Assist – it keeps the brake on during a hill start.
- Grip Control which gives improved traction on surfaces with low grip (mud, snow or ice). Grip Control now includes HDC(Hill Descent Control) which allows you to maintain a steady 18mph without touching the brake or accelerator.
- A LAC (Load Adaptive Control) function adapts the point at which the ESP intervenes, according to the load in the vehicle and its distribution. It keeps the van stable.
- ASR (anti-slip regulation or traction control) detects spin on one or both driving wheels and acts on the brakes and the engine speed to restore grip. At low speed, ASR makes it easier to move off, particularly on slippery surfaces.
- LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System) continuously reads the road using a camera placed above the interior mirror and warns if the driver crosses the white line without using the indicators.
- TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) is standard on Minibuses and an option on the other versions.
- A passenger airbag and two curtain airbags are available as options.
Then to make the driver’s life easier:
- A new programmable cruise control and speed limiter is standard on the Professional model and optional on other models.
- Rear parking sensors are standard on the Professional model and available as an option on other models. There’s also a beep to warn pedestrians when the Boxer is reversing.
- A new reversing camera shows the view at the back of the van on the van’s touch screen, and has overlays of different coloured lines to show how far away you are from bashing that bollard.
- Variable assistance power steering is standard with the 3.0-litre HDi engine and on the 4-tonne models and an option on certain versions.
Making life more comfortable
The new Boxer’s construction has been designed to be both more durable, and quieter than before. In particular:
- A strengthened body for greater rigidity;
- A redesigned front scuttle;
- New mechanisms for the sliding side doors and strengthened rear doors;
- Larger brakes;
- A new design for suspension damper brackets.
Interior improvements include a wide choice of equipment that turn the cabin into a mobile office – all the rage at the moment.
The cabin has various storage areas, as well as a document holder and writing table built into the folding backrest of the centre seat.
There’s a new range of audio systems, with the option of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), with Bluetooth hands-free telephone operation and a USB port as standard.
The 5in colour touch screen, standard on Professional models, works functions such as audio streaming, reading texts and the sat nav and reversing camera. Peugeot says the built-in sat nav is a first in this sector,