New vans coming soon – and recent launch round-up

  • All the latest info on the new vans going on sale soon
  • Coming highlights include the all-new VW Caddy and Maxus Deliver 9
  • We round up all the recent van launches already on sale, too

While it might seem strange to think of now - especially with the 2020 CV Show cancelled and a number of new product launches subsequently delayed - there will come a point when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is over, and shopping for new vans will become important again.

In the meantime, to give you something to look forward to, we've been rounding up all the latest intel on the new models coming soon.

So if you want to know what new van models are going on sale in the coming months - or even years - then you've come to the right place. We've even recapped the recently launched models for your info, too.

All the vans listed here are powered by conventional petrol or diesel engines. We have a separate round-up dedicated to future electric vans if you're looking for details of on those.

Don't forget, you can also find new and used vans for sale via Parkers as well, as well as info about all the latest and upcoming pickups.

What new vans are coming soon?

The major mainstream model that's on the horizon is surely the next-generation Volkswagen Caddy, which has now been revealed in full but isn't expected to go on sale until late 2020 (and probably won't actually appear in the UK until 2021).

New vans coming soon: VW Caddy, 2020-2021

The Caddy will face renewed competition from the next-generation Renault Kangoo, which will once again form the basis of a new Mercedes-Benz Citan as well as a new Nissan NV250. The small van sector is pretty lively right now.

Moving up to medium vans, there's a facelifted version of the Mercedes-Benz Vito on the way - though you'll be hard-pressed to spot the difference from the outside, it gets new engines and updated technology under the skin.

As for large vans, there's a potentially disruptive new entrant called the Maxus Deliver 9 coming soon. Maxus is the new name for LDV, and the Deliver 9 replaces the aging V80 with a design that's bang up-to-date (if somewhat derivative of the Ford Transit).

We're also expecting new engines for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter before the end of 2020. Other new LCVs to look out for include a commercial vehicle version of the new 2020 Land Rover Defender.

Further into the future, the most exciting news is the new strategic alliance between Ford and Volkswagen - codenamed Project Cyclone. First fruits of this will be new pickups, but there are combined versions of small, medium and large vans on the way after 2022 as well.

What new vans have recently gone on sale?

The significantly facelifted Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 is probably the most important recent new van launch, though the start of 2020 has also seen Toyota introduced the Proace City - its version of the Parkers' award-winning PSA Group trio, the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo.

Recently launched vans: Toyota Proace City

Vauxhall has also seen its fortunes boosted by the 2019 arrival of the all-new Vivaro, itself a sister van to the Citroen Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace.

The medium van sector has been particularly busy of late, in fact, as the Renault Trafic family - which also includes the Fiat Talento and Nissan NV300 - has been overhaulled, too, while the Ford Transit Custom received yet another round of updates in 2019 to keep that at the top of its game (and the sales charts). Including the launch of a Plug-In Hybrid version.

Moving into large vans, the Ford Transit received a major mid-life facelift in 2019, reducing its weight, improving its tech and adding some efficient new engine variants.

There were also significant upgrades for the Fiat Ducato, Iveco Daily and the Renault Master / Nissan NV400 / Vauxhall Movano triplets in 2019. The Citroen Relay and Peugeot Boxer received engine updates, as well.

List of new vans coming soon

These are the new vans we're expecting in 2020, 2021 and beyond.

2020 LDV / Maxus Deliver 9

New vans coming soon: 2020 Maxus Deliver 9

Intende to make its big UK debut at the now cancelled 2020 CV Show, the Maxus Deliver 9 is a vastly superior replacement for the old LDV V80.

Powered by a new range of 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines with all the modern features you'd expect (and some you might not, including a button to manually clear the diesel particulate filter), if the pricing is right it could really shake up the large van segment.

We've driven it (very, very briefly) already, and look forward to trying it closer to home soon.

>> Maxus Deliver 9 first official details and driving impressions

2020 Mercedes-Benz Vito facelift

New vans coming soon: 2020 Mercedes-Benz Vito facelift

Not much has changed on the outside - there's a slightly different grille - but under the bonnet of the 2020 Vito there is a new range of 2.0-litre diesel engines that promise to improve emissions and driving refinement.

Well, in the rear-wheel drive models, at least; front-wheel drive Vitos get a new 1.7-litre engine instead. Hopefully this will make them a little nicer, too.

On the inside there's new tech and trim finishes. Should be on sale in the UK before the end of 2020.

>> Mercedes-Benz Vito 2020 facelift

2020-2021 Volkswagen Caddy

New vans coming soon: 2020-2021 Volkswagen Caddy

All-new from the ground-up, the smart-looking fifth-generation VW Caddy uses the same basic platform as most Volkswagen cars, and promises to be even more car-like than ever before.

There is technology galore here, from inside the cab to under the bonnet, where a revised set of diesel engines use cutting-edge 'twin-dosing' emissions control technology, just like the latest Golf.

We attended the official unveiling shortly ahead of the coronavirus lockdown, and it's set to go on sale in October 2020 before appearing in UK dealers in early 2021.

>> New VW Caddy - all the official details

2020-2021 Renault Kangoo (and Nissan NV250)

Renault Kangoo ZE Concept - previews 2020 Renault Kangoo

Not a huge amount is officially known about the next-generation Renault Kangoo just yet, but Renault has now shown the Kangoo ZE Concept pictured above, which gives us a good idea about the way it might look.

What's notable about this is the car-like design, with its bold wheel arches and strong character - which should certainly help the new Kangoo stand out in the small van sector.

This van will also form the basis of the next-generation Nissan NV250 and Mercedes-Benz Citan.

>> Renault Kangoo ZE Concept - all the details

2020-2021 Mercedes-Benz Citan

New vans coming soon: 2020-2021 Mercedes-Benz Citan spy shot

The first spy photos have now emerged of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz Citan. Set to be officially unveiled before the end of 2020, ahead of going on sale in 2021, this will once again be based on the Renault Kangoo.

As with its French platform donor, there's not a great deal of info to draw on here, but we understand that Citan buyers should expect upgraded cabin materials and a slightly different driving experience.

What's more, there's talk of an all-electric version already. Be crazy not to, given Renault already has plenty of knowledge in this area.

>> Mercedes-Benz Citan spy shots

2020 Volkswagen T7

VW Transporter T7 prototype - new vans coming soon

There's a lot of confusion surrounding this vehicle. The T7 codename suggests it's the next-generation of Volkswagen Transporter family.

But our spies believe it may only be used for passenger carrying variants, such as the Caravelle, largely because it's based on the MQB passenger car platform.

This makes sense, given the T6.1 has only just been introduced, and given that it's now become clear that Ford is taking the lead on the next-generation of medium vans that will be shared with VW, and on sale sometime after 2022.

>> VW T7 spy shots and first details

2020 Land Rover Defender Commercial

New vans coming soon - Land Rover Defender Commercial

Yes, there is finally an all-new Land Rover Defender on the way, and there will be a van version.

Set to be based on the short-wheelbase 90 model only - for maximum off-road capability - expect this to clamber over obstacles like a mountain goat.

But don't expect it to carry a great deal. Or be cheap. Many buyers may be better served by a pickup.

>> Land Rover Defender Commercial - the off-road icon returns

Other new vans on the horizon

We've no firm details of any kind about these yet, but we are expecting new versions of the Citroen Relay (known as the Jumper in Europe) and the Peugeot Boxer in around about 2022 - which will also spawn new versions of the Vauxhall Movano. Vauxhall and its Europeann equivalent Opel are set to lead on this project, which is also likely to form the basis of the next Fiat Ducato.

At around the same time we are also expecting an all-new Renault Master, which will in turn be the basis for a new Nissan NV400.

There's a similar timeframe for the first joint Ford-VW vans, though perhaps 2023 is more likely for these.Either way, the next Crafter will be based on the next Transit, and the next Transporter will be based on the next Transit Custom. The next Transit Connect, however, will be based on the Caddy - quite possibly the one that's already been revealed, in fact.

For details of electric vans coming soon, see our dedicated electric van guide.

List of recently launched vans

These are the new vans that are already on sale.

2020 Toyota Proace City

Toyota Proace City - new vans coming soon

Toyota officially revealed its new Proace City small van at the CV Show in 2019, but we didn't actually get to drive it until 2020, which is when it finally went on sale in the UK.

There were no major surprises, however, as it's the exact same van as the Parkers' award-winning Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo - although the range of models is a little reduced while the warranty is boosted to five years instead of three.

>> Read our Toyota Proace City review

>> Find a Toyota van for sale via Parkers

2019-2020 Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 facelift

Recently launched vans: VW Transporter T6.1

VW’s popular T6 Transporter has been upgraded to T6.1 status. We've driven it in the UK, and it's now available to order from your local VW Commercial Vehicles dealer.

The modernised exterior is complemented by a much more car-like interior, and lots of the latest tech. It's not a cheap option, but it remains great value.

>> Read our full VW Transporter (including T6.1) review

>> Find a VW Transporter for sale via Parkers

2019 Vauxhall Vivaro

2019 Vauxhall Vivaro, silver, front view

The all-new Vauxhall Vivaro is based on the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert vans introduced in 2016. However, it's still built in the UK at Vauxhall's Luton factory.

It offers a great driving experience, plenty of performance and very high payload ratings. Shame the load area isn't massive, the cab is cramped and the driving position is poor.

>> Read our full Vauxhall Vivaro review

>> Find a Vauxhall Vivaro for sale via Parkers

2019 Ford Transit facelift

2019 Ford Transit facelift, front view, blue

While this is not an all-new Transit it is a substantial overhaul, with improved engines (up to 185hp), extra on-board tech, revised interior and higher payload ratings.

New mild-hybrid (mHEV) diesel engine options help you save more fuel still, while a new 10-speed automatic transmission becomes available on RWD models in 2020.

>> Read our full Ford Transit review

>> Find a Ford Transit for sale via Parkers

2019 Ford Transit Custom

2019 Ford Transit Custom, front view, orange, with 2019 Transit

The Transit Custom received a full-on facelift in 2018, complete with revised looks and massively improved cab interior. For 2019, Ford has added a more powerful 185hp engine option, plus the same mHEV and other tech upgrades that are gracing its Transit big brother.

These are all worth improvements - the engines are significantly upgraded, despite having otherwise similar power outputs - but the real star of the show here is the unique Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid.

>> Read our full Ford Transit Custom review

>> Find a Ford Transit Custom for sale via Parkers

2019 Vauxhall Movano

2019 Vauxhall Movano facelift - new vans coming soon

Still based on the Renault Master for the time being - and you can see the 2019 update to this below - the refreshed Movano features a new-look front end, tweaked engine range and improved roster of safety equipment.

The interior has been completely overhauled, with a more modern design that also promises increased ease of use. The wide range of body variants and conversions remain.

>> Read our full Vauxhall Movano review

>> Find a Vauxhall Movano for sale via Parkers

2019 Renault Master and Nissan NV400

Recently launched vans: Renault Master and Nissan NV400

The Renault Master is the van the Vauxhall Movano is based on - and also forms the basis of the Nissan NV400, which was updated in late 2019 as well.

Both benefit from revised engines with increased performance, an improved interior and extra tech. The big grilles are hard to miss, too.

>> Read our full Renault Master review

>> Read our full Nissan NV400 review

>> Find a Renault Master for sale via Parkers

>> Find a Nissan NV400 for sale via Parkers

2019 Iveco Daily

2019 Iveco Daily facelift - blue, front view

While it doesn't look dramatically different from the outside - smart new bumper and optional LED headlights excepted - there are plenty of improvements under the skin of the 2019 Iveco Daily.

These include fancy new electrically controlled variable geometry turbos, and a new 210hp range-topping model - plus electric power steering and a load of new safety technology as well.

>> Read our full Iveco Daily review

>> Find an Iveco Daily for sale via Parkers

2019 Fiat Ducato

Fiat Ducato MY20 on sale in 2019, front view, silver

No big visual change for the Ducato, but Fiat has made some important changes under the skin - including ditching the entry-level 2.0-litre engine in favour of using 2.3-litre engines right across the range. These motors all benefit from variable-geometry turbochargers, boosting torque.

What's more, the Ducato gains a new nine-speed automatic gearbox option on its more powerful variants, which is also capable of handling more torque than the manual transmission. Extra safety kit and technology completes the update.

>> Read our full Fiat Ducato review

>> Find a Fiat Ducato for sale via Parkers

2019 Citroen Relay and Peugeot Boxer

Recently launched vans: Citroen Relay and Peugeot Boxer

They look same as before, but the 2019 Relay and Boxer - in production from July 2019 - get revised trim levels and a new set of 2.2-litre BlueHDi engines, replacing the 2.0-litre BlueHDi motors that were introduced in 2016 to meet the original Euro 6 regulations.

The new engines are more powerul, while the new trim levels target specific use cases to help customers get a van with the right equipment for them. There are electric models on the way, too.

>> Read our full Citroen Relay review

>> Read our full Peugeot Boxer review

>> Find a Citroen Relay for sale via Parkers

>> Find a Peugeot Boxer for sale via Parkers

2019 Renault Trafic (and Fiat Talento and Nissan NV300)

2019 Renault Trafic facelift - new vans coming soon

Renault's popular Trafic medium van was also facelifted in 2019. This isn't quite as extensive as the one for the Master, with milder revisions to the front end, no major changes to the interior and no additional safety equipment.

However, it does get a whole new range of 2.0-litre engines, offering up to 170hp, plus an automatic gearbox option for the first time. The same engine upgrades have been announced for Fiat Talento and the Nissan NV300.

>> Read our full Renault Trafic review

>> Read our full Fiat Talento review

>> Read our full Nissan NV300 review

>> Find a Renault Trafic for sale via Parkers

>> Find a Fiat Talento for sale via Parkers

>> Find a Nissan NV300 for sale via Parkers

2019 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial

2019 Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial - white, overhead front view

This is the van version of a passenger SUV that's based on a pickup. It's not particularly sophisticated to drive, but does have a few more creature comforts, including some extra gears in the optional automatic gearbox.

Frankly, though, we'd either go for a proper L200 pickup, or the commercial vehicle version of the Outlander PHEV. This is not a very rational thing at all.

>> Read our full Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial review

>> Find a Mitshubishi Shogun Sport van for sale via Parkers

2018 Citroen Berlingo / Peugeot Partner / Vauxhall Combo Cargo

Citroen Berlingo, Vauxhall Combo Cargo and Peugeot Partner

We’ve lumped these altogether as they’re the same van with different badges on – although that doesn’t make them entirely identical. Each has slightly different standard equipment levels, while the Partner incorporates Peugeot’s unusual i-Cockpit interior design.

The fundamentally impressive aspects of these vans remain present in all versions, though: high payload ratings, good fuel economy, nice driving experience and lots of available tech – including some innovative camera solutions and an overload sensor.

>> Read our full Citroen Berlingo review

>> Read our full Peugeot Partner review

>> Read our full Vauxhall Combo Cargo review

>> Find a Citroen Berlingo for sale via Parkers

>> Find a Peugeot Partner for sale via Parkers

>> Find a Vauxhall Combo van for sale via Parkers

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

2018 Mercedes Sprinter, front view, silver, being loaded with barrels

This all-new Sprinter is the most connected van we’ve ever seen, with a built-in 4G sim card and the MBUX infotainment system as standard. It’s also comfortable, good to drive and powered by well-proven engines (though these are due an update in 2020).

Payload and fuel economy are still bettered by older rivals, but if you want the best from the large van sector, it’s this or VW Crafter / MAN TGE at the moment, with the 2019 Ford Transit update waiting in the wings.

>> Read our full Mercedes Sprinter review

>> Find a Mercedes Sprinter for sale via Parkers

2018 Ford Fiesta Van

2018 Ford Fiesta Sport Van, front view, driving, red

Superb new car-derived van from Ford takes full advantage of the latest Fiesta platform, which makes it good to drive, amazingly refined and available with plenty of creature comforts.

The smart-looking Sport version (pictured) is the one to go for, and is proving far more popular with buyers, too. So what if there are no rivals – the Fiesta Van is so good that it would be tough to beat anyway.

>> Read our full Ford Fiesta Van review

>> Find a Ford Fiesta Van for sale via Parkers

2018 Ford Transit Connect

2018 Ford Transit Connect Sport Van, front and rear view, blue

Not as obvious as the Transit Custom facelift, but the Transit Connect has been given a thorough going-over as well.

The new 1.5-litre diesel engine is a plus, but we've had mised experiences with the new eight-speed automatic transmission option.

>> Read our full Ford Transit Connect review

>> Find a Ford Transit Connect for sale via Parkers

2018 Ford Transit Courier

2018 Ford Transit Courier, front view, blue

A more powerful 100hp diesel engine option and revised interior lead a host of improvements for Ford's smallest proper van, which also includes a six-speed manual gearbox as standard for the first time.

There’s also fuel-saving package with active aero-shutters in the grille on every model – enhancing a vehicle that was already efficient and cheap to run.

>> Read our full Ford Transit Courier review

>> Find a Ford Transit Courier for sale via Parkers

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial van, front view, dark grey

A new van version of Toyota’s famously robust and capable Land Cruiser 4x4, aiming to fill the void left by the Land Rover Defender.

It’s available in short- and long-wheelbase versions, and surprises with its comfort, ease of driving, refinement and performance – if you’re trading into one of these from a Defender you’ll think all your Christmases have come at once.

>> Read our full Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial review

>> Find a Toyota Land Cruiser van for sale via Parkers

2018 Land Rover Discovery Commercial

2018 Land Rover Discovery Commercial van, rear view, boot open, packed with boxes

If you need exceptional off-road capability in combination with smooth on-road driving and lots of high-tech kit, this vehicle is outstanding. It has some well though-out load area solutions as well.

It’s not cheap mind, and Land Rover reliability remains a potential hornet’s nest. The Discovery looks mighty good though, either way.

>> Read our full Land Rover Discovery Commercial review

>> Find a Land Rover Discovery van for sale via Parkers

Also read:

>> Future electric vans coming soon

>> Best electric vans

>> Best large vans

>> Best medium vans

>> Best small vans

>> Electric vans – everything you need to know