Peugeot Australia lifts curtain on 2022 van range


Partner, Expert and Boxer vans gain new model grades

Peugeot Australia lifts curtain on 2022 van range
The new Expert van

 

Peugeot Australia has unveiled its model-year 2022 (MY22) light commercial vehicle range.

The make will welcome a revised van range comprising the familiar Partner, Expert and Boxer models but introducing City, Pro, Premium and Sport model grades with vehicle specification changes offering more choice to the market.

The changes are said to bring a specification realignment to Peugeot's entire light commercial family, covering the small, medium and large sectors and moving from a 'one size fits all' strategy to a more comprehensive model range meeting the varying needs of owner-operators and owner-drivers, including small-to-medium businesses and 'tool of trade' buyers. 

Two new permanent models have been introduced to the line-up: the Partner Long with automatic transmission and Expert Long with manual transmission, both meeting specific buyer needs.

Meanwhile, the Expert Sport Limited Edition offers an alternative to some buyers who may otherwise have only considered a ute. 

New Partner, Expert and Boxer vans have each been designed for "maximum practicality and functionality, the range addressing demands for safety, functionality, low daily running costs and reduced total ownership costs while broadening overall buyer appeal".

"We have seen how Peugeot's LCV range has resonated with Australian consumers, particularly with small and medium-sized business owners, since its 2019 launch and we are confident the new range will further increase that appeal," Peugeot Australia general manager Kate Gillis said.

"With a line-up that now caters to a broader variety of customer needs and aligns with the expectations of our buyers, there is great anticipation for the arrival of the new range."


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The van grades include:

  • City: This model grade makes minor equipment adjustments to hit a lower price point compared to the outgoing model. In short, maximum ability at an appealing entry-level price.
  • Pro: The model grade of choice for owner-operators and owner-drivers in need of a 'fit for purpose' van with corresponding equipment and safety levels.
  • Premium: With higher equipment levels this grade is for owner-drivers, small-to-medium businesses and tool-of -trade buyers in need of a more car-like van.
  • Sport: Exclusive to the Expert model as a limited-edition variant, Sport is made for owner-drivers who "want their businesses to stand out". Sport is a safe, comfortable, equipment-packed van with more functionality than a utility but with the same carrying capacity.

The MY22 range includes:

PARTNER

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While Peugeot's smallest van continues to be sold in two distinct body lengths, MY22 Partner introduces three new Long variants to the range in the form of City, Pro and Premium, each fitted with an eight-speed hydraulic automatic transmission.

Size and payload mark the three new arrivals as alternatives to the mid-size van segment and at significantly lower cost, especially as automatic Partner in both Short and Long variants are the only three-seaters in the class.

The eight-speed automatic transmission is designed to maximise the turbocharged engine's low-range torque without adding to Partner's servicing costs.

Built on the same EMP2 platform underpinning Peugeot's passenger cars and SUVs, and featuring Peugeot's i-CockpitTM cabin design, Partner delivers maximum manoeuvrability courtesy of minimal front and rear overhangs and a tight turning circle.

Its kerb-to-kerb turning radius is just 10.82m (Short) and 11.43m (Long).

Partner's payload is also one of the best in class with maximum load capacities of 629-660kg (Short) and 898-1,000kg (Long), and up to 3.9 cubic metres maximum volume.

This increases up to 4.4 cubic meters in Pro Long and Premium Long variants that have load-thru bulkheads.

Power for Peugeot's city van comes from a Euro 6.3-compliant turbocharged, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 81kW when teamed with the six-speed manual transmission and 96kW mated to the eight-speed automatic.

City Short Manual is available only with the 81kW engine and manual transmission combination while all other variants have the 96kW engine and eight-speed automatic as standard.

EXPERT

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With the midsize van segment the biggest in Australia, Peugeot Expert targets this with significant revisions.

Both Short and Long variants, at 4.95m and 5.30m overall length respectively, are designed for the core of the light-commercial-vehicle market, while the 1.94m roof height guarantees Expert access to all car parks.

The range starts with the City Short variant, an economical alternative to other entry level mid-size vans.

Aimed mainly at owner-drivers and small-to-medium businesses, it comprises an economical Euro 5-compliant 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel delivering 110kW of power and 370Nm of torque, all through a six-speed manual transmission.

Using the same engine and transmission as City Short, new Expert Pro Long is the next step up, providing more space to increase owner-driver and owner-operator appeal and make it ideal for couriers and regional buyers who need a larger van without automatic transmission.

Pro is a 'fit for purpose' van offering strong levels of safety.

Aimed at both fleet buyers and tool-of-trade owner-drivers (mostly in the building trades), it will be available in Short and Long variants with the hydraulic eight-speed automatic and new Long with six-speed manual transmission.

Practical features include dual side sliding doors, glazed 180-degree swinging rear doors, three front seats and up to 1.4-tonne cargo capacity.

Expert Pro safety features extend to autonomous emergency braking, forward collision and blindspot warning, reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

Expert Premium is designed to appeal to owner-drivers looking for a dual-purpose vehicle, or tool-of-trade buyers who want a more car-like van, a dual-purpose vehicle blending workhorse practicality "with levels of style and comfort not usually found in a working class van".

This variant adds 17-inch diameter silver alloy wheels, body-coloured front and rear bumpers, side mirrors, door handles, side mouldings and sliding door rails, LED daytime running lamps, front fog lamps and, inside, the 'Moduwork' mobile office pack that includes under-seat storage space and glazed cabin divider.

Expert Sport LE, pictured above, is a limited edition that stands as an alternative to a dual-cab utility.

Peugeot claims it provides more space with greater security, while being cheaper to buy and run.

Built using the Short body, it features unique 'Sport' decals, black 17-inch alloy wheels and Xenon headlamps, while inside it has head-up display, automatic air-conditioning, front parking sensors, keyless entry and push-button start.

A high output, Euro 6-compliant version of the 2.0-litre turbodiesel delivers 130kW and 400Nm, sent to the road through the eight-speed automatic which, for this particular model, features a steering column-mounted paddle shift for snap gear changes.

BOXER

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Peugeot's full-size Boxer van rounds-out the commercial vehicle portfolio.

The French heavyweight will be available only as a single variant for MY22. Called Boxer Pro Long, it boasts an impressive 1.59-tonne carrying capacity and 13 cubic metre cargo space across its generous 3.7m load length.

Peugeot's big van has had a price and specification adjustment to meet the specific needs of the owner-driver courier market, making it the most van for the least cost and achieving maximum productivity without scrimping on comfort, safety and convenience features.

Boxer has been built for maximum reliability and endurance compatible with intensive use and, like its smaller stablemates, ranks occupant comfort and safety equally with practicality and usefulness.

New Boxer is powered by a gutsy, Euro6-compliant, 2.0 litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine developing 120kW and 310Nm. It is available only with a six-speed manual transmission.

 

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