Ahead of the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, Toyota took the wraps off its new Proace City small van.
Set to rival the Volkswagen Caddy and Ford Transit, the Proace van will be the smallest model in Toyota’s commercial vehicle range.
Developed in tandem with PSA – the owners of Peugeot and Citroën – it will sit below the Proace medium-sized van and the Hilux bakkie.
While it is still unclear if Toyota will be bringing it to South Africa, the van will be available in a range of body styles from panel van to Verso passenger-carrying guises.
The former will come with a two- or three-seat front bench, while the latter will ditch the central front seat in favour of a centre console and fit rear seats, as well as extra side windows.
According to Motor1, there are two different lengths on offer, customers choosing the panel van get between 3.3 and 4.3 cubic meters of load space, while the passenger version gets a choice of five or seven seats. Long-wheelbase versions, meanwhile, will also be available as crew-cab variants that include a van-like load bed, as well as the second row of seats. And the options keep coming, with customers getting the choice of asymmetrical rear doors or a top-hinged tailgate.
Powertrains will range from 55 kW to 95 kW of power either mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
For Europe, the Proace will spawn a range of standard safety systems, including traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assistant and cruise control.
Inside, the Proace will feature an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system fitted with Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. It can also offer navigation and online functions, including 3D mapping and voice commands.
Toyota says features such as a head-up display and rear-view camera are also available.
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