New Toyota Proace is launched at CV Show in Birmingham

Japanese manufacturer reveals latest panel van, sister to the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert

Toyota has unveiled its new Proace panel van at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham.

Toyota unveiled the Proace Verso people-carrier at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year alongside its siblings, the Peugeot Traveller and Citroen Spacetourer. However, stuffed to the rafters with nine seats and various luxury trimmings, the vehicles wouldn’t have been much cop ferrying around construction materials or boxes for delivery - but now, the practical people-carriers have been turned into workhorses, and Toyota has followed the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert out of the blocks with the Proace van.

The Proace aims to cover as much of the panel van market as possible by providing plenty of choice – the van is available with a choice of three body sizes, two wheelbases, various different body styles and five engines, each with a selection of transmission options. There’s even a nine-seater shuttle for those who want plenty of family practicality without the pricetag of an MPV.

Best panel vans

The range opens with the Proace Compact – the shortest vehicle in the segment at just 4.6m long and on a 2.9m wheelbase. The medium and long versions sit on a 3.2m wheelbase, and are 4.9m and 5.3m long respectively. All vans come with side sliding doors – wide enough to accept a Euro pallet on the medium and long bodies – and a choice of swing doors or a lift-up tailgate.

Engines will be 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels, with power outputs ranging from 94bhp to 178bhp – the same as its people-carrier siblings, and comparable to the Proace's rival the Volkswagen Transporter. Fuel consumption is a strong point – even the thirstiest Proace still achieves 47.9mpg fuel economy.

The van will be available in Base or Comfort trim levels, and the shuttle will be in Combi trim. Base trim is as Spartan as you may expect, but move up the grades and the Proace becomes available with plenty of kit including optional keyless entry, bi-xenon headlights and autonomous emergency braking.

Does the Toyota Proace have what it takes to challenge the Vauxhall Vivaro, Transit Custom and Volkswagen Transporter? Let us know in the comments below...

Recommended

Toyota Proace van review
Proace van driving
Toyota Proace

Toyota Proace van review

Rivals may beat Toyota’s best-ever Proace van for muscle and volume, but it has a great 5-year warranty
10 Jun 2021
Toyota Proace and Proace Verso updated with more kit
Toyota Proace Van

Toyota Proace and Proace Verso updated with more kit

Toyota’s Proace panel van and Proace Verso people carrier have been fitted with more generous amount of standard equipment
13 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox
Dacia Duster gear lever
News

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox

With more drivers learning in autos and electric cars, the DVSA is looking to update the driving test so people can still drive manuals in future
16 Jun 2021
‘The 2030 combustion engine ban is just around the corner – and we’re running out of time’
opinion: charging
Opinion

‘The 2030 combustion engine ban is just around the corner – and we’re running out of time’

Andy Palmer sees electric car uptake revving-up in the UK but says targeted investment is needed to prevent a stall…
22 Jun 2021
Exclusive: Jaguar’s luxury reinvention to start from £100k
Thierry Bollore - Jaguar I-Pace
Jaguar

Exclusive: Jaguar’s luxury reinvention to start from £100k

New boss Thierry Bollore reveals that Jaguar will be reinvented as a luxury car brand to take on Bentley, with the design of a new family already sign…
22 Jun 2021
New Mercedes C-Class 2021 review
Mercedes C-Class - front
Mercedes C-Class

New Mercedes C-Class 2021 review

The new Mercedes C-Class compact exec gets S-Class-inspired tech and new suspension to challenge the BMW 3 Series
21 Jun 2021
New Dacia Duster facelift launched with fresh styling and more tech
Dacia Duster facelift - front
Dacia Duster

New Dacia Duster facelift launched with fresh styling and more tech

The budget-conscious Dacia Duster has been updated for 2021 with some subtle design tweaks and a new eight-inch infotainment screen
22 Jun 2021
New 2021 Peugeot 308 SW estate arrives with more space
Peugeot 308 SW - front
News

New 2021 Peugeot 308 SW estate arrives with more space

The Peugeot 308 SW joins the hatchback in the range and arrives with two plug-in hybrid options
22 Jun 2021
New Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 review
Volkswagen Caddy California MPV - front
Volkswagen Caddy

New Volkswagen Caddy California 2021 review

It’s a family hauler and weekend camper all rolled into one, but is the Volkswagen Caddy California any good?
21 Jun 2021
New 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge EV on sale priced from £49,950
Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge - front
Volvo XC40

New 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge EV on sale priced from £49,950

Volvo has revised the electric XC40’s pricing and trim-level structure, with a simplified three-tier system
22 Jun 2021
New Volkswagen ID.4 GTX 2021 review
Volkswagen ID.4 GTX
Volkswagen ID.4 SUV

New Volkswagen ID.4 GTX 2021 review

VW ID.4 EV gets another electric motor and four-wheel drive in hot GTX form
21 Jun 2021
New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 2021 review
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 - front
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 2021 review

The new special edition Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 45 is one of the best cars ever to wear the GTI badge
23 Jun 2021
New Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 review
Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Sportline - front
Skoda Enyaq

New Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 review

The new Skoda Enyaq iV is the Czech firm’s first bespoke electric car and we've tested the full range on UK roads
10 Jun 2021
New Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 review
Audi Q4 e-tron 2021  front
Audi Q4 e-tron

New Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 review

We get involved with the new all-electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV on UK roads for the first time
17 Jun 2021
UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars
Electric car charging
News

UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars

Analysis reveals lithium refining takes 65 per cent of Chilean region’s water, while 40,000 child miners dig for cobalt in DRC
14 Jun 2021
Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review
Ineos Grenadier prototype
Ineos Grenadier 4x4

Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review

Can the Ineos Grenadier really fill the mud-splattered void left by the old Land Rover Defender? We take a first drive in a prototype to find out...
15 Jun 2021