Monthly Review December 2023: new car and van models
Stay up to speed with Fleet Europe’s Monthly Review featuring new car and van models that will hit your fleet shortlist soon. Last month, vans were talk of the town. After Stellantis overhauled its entire range, Renault countered with an all-new Master, while Toyota plans to woo commercial fleets with its first entry in the category of large LCVs. Albeit with a little help from friends.
Dacia - Duster
In an upmarket move the third generation Duster wins on all sides without sacrificing its TCO-friendly reputation. Quite the contrary, with the addition of a mild hybrid version of the 1.2 TCe petrol and a full hybrid based around the 1.6 petrol, Dacia promises consumption and cost gains of 10-20%. in the wake of circular production, the bodywork cladding is made from 20% recyclates and can be recycled completely at the end of the lifecycle. For certain fleet markets it might be interesting to note that the LPG version Eco-G is still part of the line-up, as well as four-wheel drive.
Lucid - Gravity
Lucid jumps the SUV bandwagon with the Gravity. It boasts two electric motors for all-wheel drive, with a claimed range of an impressive 840 kilometres, surpassing the current record holder Fisker Ocean (707 km). The three-row variant accommodates six or seven passengers, which bathe in an opulence of luxurious materials, including a 34-inch curved digital display above the dashboard. It is poised to rival established EV SUVs like the Audi Q8 E-Tron, BMW iX, Mercedes EQE/EQS SUV, and Tesla Model X.
Mercedes - E-Class (new versions)
Initially launched as a petrol PHEV and diesel only, Mercedes extensively expands the new E-Class range. Mild hybrids on petrol (E450 4Matic) and diesel (E350 4Matic) are now available, though the latter is exclusively reserved for the sedan version. Fleet customers with a high mileage profile are now met by a diesel plug-in hybrid (E300de), capable of zero-emission driving up to 100kms and fast charging at 50kW, reducing downtime to 1 hour for an 80% refill.
Renault - Master
Renault presents the all-new Master as a digital van. Several services, from a charging locator to the Mobilize payment function, are embedded in a smartphone app, while the infotainment system runs on Google Android. As for drivelines, the Master appeals to high mileage customers with diesel, to last milers with a battery version, and pioneering fleet managers with a hydrogen option. Its load capacity ranges from 11 to 22m3. The big van can be tailored in over 40 bodywork variations.
Skoda - Superb
The fourth-generation Superb is technically the host of the all-new VW Passat. Sharing the same technology, drivelines and digital ecosystem, the Superb has become roomier for passengers and cargo than its predecessor (up to 1,920 litres). In contrast to its German counterpart, it is available in both sedan and estate. Aside the mild hybrid petrol and diesel versions, the PHEV technology has been upgraded to a battery of 25.7kWh and a 1.5 TSI-four-cylinder. It can fast charge up to 50kW, providing a range of 100kms.
Toyota - Yaris Cross
It’s facelift time for the Yaris Cross. Though the exterior has been softly upgraded, a new - so-called ‘self-charging’ - hybrid option of 130hp joins the version with 115hp. Both use a 1.5-petrol unit. CO2 emissions rise modestly in the newcomer, from 112 to 115 g/km. ADAS has been upgraded with an automatic braking function in case of an emergency, while the interior has been clad with a higher-quality finish.
Toyota Professional - ProAce Max
Available in six configurations, the new ProAce Max is Toyota Professional’s biggest LCV in its commercial range. Ofcourse, you recognize this van as a rebadged Fiat Ducato, spawning from the partnership with Stellantis. Toyota prioritizes the electric version of the ProAce Max, offering a zero-emission range of 420kms (WLTP). However, a diesel version is also on the list.
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