The ProAce shares its chassis and running gear with the Citroen Dispatch and the Peugeot Expert, and will be built on the same production line with a number of Toyota-bespoke design details and branding.
Available in two lengths and two roof heights with load areas of five, six or seven cubic metres, the ProAce is designed to be a perfect van for the majority of tradesmen and women who need considerable load space but maintaining a modest enough footprint on the road to be practical in all situations.
Its dimensions range from 4,805mm to 5,135mm long and from 1,942mm to 2,276mm tall, with a wheelbase that stretches between 3,000mm and 3,122mm. Interior load length is either 2,254mm or more than a foot longer at 2,584mm. The interior height is either 1,449mm or 1,750mm for the high-roof model.
Payloads will peak at 1,200kg and towing capacity is two tonnes. Three diesel engines will be made available; an entry-level 1.6-litre with 89bhp and two stronger 2.0-litre units with 126bhp and 161bhp respectively. While the cheaper 1.6 will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, the 2.0-litre engines will have six-speed transmissions.
Further flexibility is offered with a choice of panel van, glass van or crew cab body types. Buyers can also stay with the standard side-hinged rear doors that open 270 degrees, or choose an optional top-hinged tailgate.
Standard equipment, subject to UK-specific confirmation, will include daytime running lights, stability control, ABS and electronic brake force distribution, fog lamps, a two-seat passenger bench, a full load partition, electric windows and remote central locking.
Optional extras are also available, covering air conditioning, cruise control, a passenger airbag, side airbags, rear parking sensors, an upgraded audio system with Bluetooth, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, a window in the load partition, a tyre pressure monitoring system and an alarm.