Toyota has recently announced that they will be launching a new range that will be on sale in July. The new range, the Proace, has replaced the Hiace which was taken off the market in the UK during 2011 as a result of not having a suitable Euro 5-compatible diesel to offer.
If you are planning on purchasing a new van do make sure you have considered all the costs involved such as fuel, repairs and maintenance and van insurance.
The Panel Van
The Proace will be built in France and actually looks a lot like the Citron Dispatch and the Peugeot Expert as well as the Scudo created by Fiat. It will be available with the option of two wheelbases and two roof heights and a choice of three different diesel engines. The engine options are a 1.6litre 90 hp engine and a brace of 2.0litre variants one that produced 128hp and the other at 163hp. The least powerful of these engines is a front wheel drive and has a five-speed manual gearbox whereas the others have six-speed gearbox.
If you are to opt for the standard wheelbase and the standard roof height it will mean that there is 5.0m3 of load space and with the long-wheelbase this increases to 6.0m3. The combination that will obviously result is the largest load space is the long-wheelbase and the highest roof option which give 7.0m3. It is fitted with twin sliding doors and a side hinged rear door with the option of glazed or unglazed. On top of this there is also a ladder frame bulkhead which again can be upgraded to solid steel either glazed or unglazed.
The van is also kitted out with 16 inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, daytime running lights, electric windows and door mirrors, remote central locking and Bluetooth connectivity.
Not only is the Proace available as a panel van but also as a crew van which is powered by the 128hp engine. If you are interested in the panel van prices are between £17,750 and £21,250 although the crew van is the most expensive at £22,417.