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19 Apr 19

Toyota Proace City is amongst safest, roomiest, fuel efficient vans

The booming compact LCV segment gains yet another competitor: the Toyota Proace City. That it holds a strong resemblance to the Citroën Berlingo/Peugeot Partner/Opel Combo is no coincidence: this Toyota is built by PSA and only really distinguishes itself from the French triplets by its badge and slightly modified front.

The compact van is available as a short (4.4m) or a long model (4.7m), which both can be specified with three front seats, and as panel or glass 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.

Best-in-class

The Proace city is one of few vehicles in its class that can accommodate two Europalettes. Adding the option system Smart Cargo gives best-in-class load length capability of 3.1m for the short version and 3.4m for the long one. The Smart Cargo system uses a folding outer passenger seat and a hatch in the bulkhead to provide an extra 0.4 m3 of load space and to increase maximum load length by 1.3m.

Power comes from a range of frugal petrol and diesel engines with a power spread from 75 to 130hp and a choice of five or six-speed manual or even an eight-speed automatic transmission. The latter makes the Toyota even more attractive for stop-and-go delivery jobs in the city. Its cousin, the Citroën Berlingo, emits just 114g/km CO2 with its 130hp 1.5HDi engine when mated to the so-called EAT8.

Increased safety

An interesting feature in terms of driver support is a thing called Smart Active Vision. Two dedicated cameras relay clear, real-time images to a ceiling-mounted 5" screen to the driver can see "through" the metal panels and be aware of what is happening behind and alongside the vehicle. A long-distance rear view can be selected when moving or stationary, or a short-distance view when reversing.

The all-new Proace City makes its world debut at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, on 30 April, and will be available in 2020. An all-electric model may be in the making - PSA has announced it will launch a battery-electric version of the Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo in the coming years.

Authored by: Dieter Quartier