Toyota Proace City small van set to go on sale in 2020

  • New small van makes world debut at CV Show 2019
  • Joins the Toyota range below Proace medium van
  • SWB and LWB versions, 1.0-tonne payload, overload sensor

UPDATE: we have now driven this new small van - read our Toyota Proace City review.

Toyota has officially revealed its new small van, the Toyota Proace City, which made its world public debut at the 2019 CV Show.

It's set to go on sale in early 2020, followed by an electric version in 2021.

What is the Toyota Proace City based on?

Joining the Toyota range below the Proace medium van, the Toyota Proace City is based on the same van structure and platform as the latest Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo Cargo.

Which means it’s off to a flying start, as we already know this trio are among the very best small vans on the market.

Good to drive and packed with tech, collectively they have already won the International Van of the Year Award 2019.

Toyota Proace City at the CV Show 2019 - side view, white

Toyota's version follows the pattern set by the Citroen and the Vauxhall, which is to say it features an identical interior and largely the same exterior, except for changes to give it a clear Toyota identity at the front.

The Peugeot retains its unique i-Cockpit cab design and bespoke rear lights.

How many different versions of the Toyota Proace City are available?

As with its platform-mates, the Proace City comes in two different wheelbases and body lengths. The short-wheelbase (SWB) version is simply called ‘short’ and is 4.4m in length, and the long-wheelbase (LWB) model is the ‘long’ at 4.7m.

Both variants are available with three front seats, while the long version is offered as a crew van as well as a panel van.

The Toyota Proace City crew van comes with a second row of seats that can be folded flat when not needed to maximise load area. A moveable bulkhead protects occupants.

Toyota Proace City - panel van short white and Verso long grey

You will also be able to buy passenger carrying versions called the Proace City Verso, which come with up to seven seats in both short and long body sizes.

How much load space do you get in the Toyota Proace City?

Unsurprisingly, this matches the other vans in the family with the following load area dimensions:

Toyota Proace City Short Long
Max load length: 1,817mm 2,167mm
Max load length with Smart Cargo: 3,090mm 3,440mm
Max load height: 1,200-1,270mm
Max load width no side doors: 1,733mm
Max load width with one side door: 1,630mm
Max load width with two side doors: 1,527mm
Load width between wheel arches: 1,229mm
Load sill height (min/max): 547/625mm 560/617mm
Max load volume: 3.3 cubic m 3.9 cubic m
Max load volume with Smart Cargo: 3.8 cubic m 4.3 cubic m

The Smart Cargo system includes a load-through bulkhead to increase load volume and maximum loading length.

Toyota Proace City - short, white, panel van, rear view, doors open

The standard asymmetrical rear barn doors can be replaced with a tailgate, if preferred. A roof hatch is offered for carrying longer loads, too.

Payload is rated up to 1.0-tonne – a figure that’s available for long and short versions. Both are also able to swallow two Euro pallets.

Toyota Proace City - short, white, panel van towing trailer

Maximum towing capacity is 1,500kg.

What engines are available in the Toyota Proace City?

Toyota hasn’t been specific yet, but says power output will range from 75hp to 130hp.

Petrol and diesel engines will be offered, combined with five- or six-speed manual gearboxes, or even an eight-speed automatic.

Toyota Proace City - cab interior, dashboard, gearbox, seats

In other words, this is exactly the same as the Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall versions as well.

Will there be an electric version?

It was announced at the CV Show, but in July 2019, Toyota confirmed that it does have plans to launch an electric Proace City, which is set to go on sale in 2021 - which is when we're also expecting electric versions of its sister vans.

This won't be the first electric Toyota van, however, as the same announcement also confirmed Toyota's plans to launch an electric version of the larger Proace medium van. This is expected in 2020.

Why should I buy the Toyota version rather than one of the others?

The main selling point of the Toyota is the five-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

The Berlingo, Partner and Combo each have three-year warranties.

Toyota Proace City - rear badge

It also looks like Toyota is going to be generous with its standard equipment on the Proace City, although full UK specification is still to be confirmed.

Does the Toyota Proace City come with any clever technology?

Toyota is including a whole bunch of safety kit as standard on the Proace City, with a Pre-Collision System (autonomous emergency braking), Road Sign Assist, Lane Keep Assist, cruise control and driver tiredness detection all fitted on every model.

These items can be further upgraded with two additional safety packages, the first adding automatic high beam headlights, Sway Warning and extended Road Sign Assist. The second adds adaptive cruise control and blindspot monitor.

An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, meanwhile, comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can be upgraded with built-in sat-nav with TomTom traffic information. There’s also an optional head-up display.

Toyota Proace City - front view, white, short, panel van, side door open

Furthermore, the Toyota is available with the clever rear-view and blindspot cameras introduced on the Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall (although we’ve been disappointed with the performance of these so far) and an overload warning system, which Toyota calls the Smart Load Indicator (we’re yet to try this on any variant of these vans, however).

You can also get Toyota Traction Select for improved grip on slippery surfaces, wireless phone charging and an electric parking brake.

When does the Toyota Proace City go on sale and how much does it cost?

Toyota has confirmed that the Proace City isn't due to go on sale in the UK until early 2020 - so pricing is purely speculative at this stage.

We'd estimate a starting price around £17,000, although it may also come in slightly more expensive than the related Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall vans due to an increased amount of standard equipment.

We'll bring you more info on this new small van as soon as we have it.

Also read:

>> Toyota Proace City - the review

>> A-Z of the CV Show 2019 on Parkers

>> Citroen Berlingo full review

>> Peugeot Partner full review

>> Vauxhall Combo Cargo full review

>> Toyota van and pickup reviews