2013 Toyota ProAce 1TOYOTA has revealed its new mid-size van for Europe, based on an existing Peugeot-Citroen platform.

2013 Toyota ProAce 2The 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.

2013 Toyota ProAce 3Available 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.

2013 Toyota ProAce 4Its 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.

2013 Toyota ProAce 5Payloads 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.

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