- Restyled front end for big Peugeot van
- Touchscreen sat-nav added to kit list
- Goes on sale second quarter of 2014
The Peugeot Boxer van has been given an overhaul for 2014 with a new look, new equipment and improved durability.
New front end
Most obvious among the changes is the restyled front end, with a wider grille and headlights along the lines of the Peugeot 308 hatchback. Daytime running lights are standard, and can be upgraded to more fashionable LEDs as an option.
The changes aren’t just visual – two rectangular holes have been designed into the front bumper to act as steps to make cleaning the windscreen easier.
Inside, there’s a new steering wheel (with leather trim as an option) and a new range of stereo systems. Black cloth with red and grey accents is the new upholstery for the seats, with an alternative brown colour scheme an option.
As before, the Boxer is available with three wheelbases, four vehicle lengths and three hights. Eight body configurations include seven-seater, flatbed and tipper models aside from conventional panel vans.
Peugeot says the new Boxer has undergone tougher durability testing than before. Its body structure has been strengthened, the sliding side doors have new mechanisms and the rear doors have been toughened up too.
On the performance front, the Boxer also has larger brakes than before and its 2.2-litre diesel 130 engine has benefited from an updated injection system and the addition of stop/start for greater fuel economy and a 5g/km reduction in fuel economy.
Road noise should be less obvious too, thanks to improved noise deadening around the bulkhead area.
Bluetooth and USB connectivity are now standard across the range while digital radio is an option.
The Professional model has been given various new features: a five-inch touchscreen media system with the ability to read text messages and with satellite navigation as an option, plus rear parking sensors and a new cruise control and speed limiter system.
Various active safety systems are standard. There’s a lane departure warning system (which signals a warning lamp on the dash and an alarm if you stray out of lane without indicating. It’s standard on the four-tonne van, an option on others), along with a tyre pressure monitoring system and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) system can allow for the van’s load.
Also on the kit list is Hill Start Assist, which maintains pressure in the braking system for two seconds after the release of the brake pedal to save you fumbling with the handbrake, and a reversing camera is an option.
The updated Peugeot Boxer goes on sale in the second quarter of 2014.