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Toyota unveils new Proace van

  • New mid-sized van unveiled by Toyota
  • Ten different versions available including crew cab
  • Prices start from £23,200 including VAT

Written by Julian Kirk Published: 3 April 2013 Updated: 3 April 2013

Toyota’s new mid-size Proace van will be offered in 10 versions when it goes on sale in July.

Buyers will have the choice of nine panel vans and one crew cab van which can seat six people. Prices range from £23,200 (including VAT) for a standard wheelbase/standard roof height van up to £27,800 for the six-seater Crew Van.

The panel vans will come in either standard or long wheelbase guises and with a choice of standard or high roof heights. As a result, payloads vary from 1,000kg to 1,200kg while load areas start at five cubic metres and rise to seven cubic metres.

The long wheelbase (L2) models have a 122mm longer wheelbase and are 330mm longer overall than the standard L1 versions. The higher roof (H2) vans gain an extra 334mm of height over the standard H1 roof.

Power comes from a choice of three diesel engines: an 89bhp 1.6D unit is offered with the L1H1 and L2H1 variants. Driving through a five-speed manual gearbox, Toyota claims combined fuel economy of 42.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 177g/km.

The other two engine choices are both 2.0-litre units in either 126bhp or 161bhp guises. Both come with a six-speed manual gearbox and deliver fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 44.1mpg/168g/km and 39.8mpg/168g/km respectively.

All models come with a high capacity 80-litre fuel tank which, Toyota claims, gives certain Proace derivatives the potential to cover around 770 miles before they need to be refuelled.

While there is a wide choice of engine and load area combinations, Toyota is only offering the Proace with a single trim level. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights and daytime running lights, heated electric door mirrors, air conditioning, electric windows and Bluetooth telephony.

On the safety front, features include driver and front passenger airbags, ABS brakes and vehicle stability control.

Depending on the configuration, Proace models come with twin sliding side doors, plain or double glazed rear doors (the latter coming with heated glass and a wash-wipe), and either a single passenger seat or two-person bench.

A ladder-type bulkhead is fitted as standard on panel vans, although buyers can specify an optional steel bulkhead which is available with our without a window section. A steel ladder bulkhead is standard on the Crew Van.

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