Toyota’s up to date European LCV vary features a new model of the Hilux with a mild-hybrid diesel, alongside a trio of EV-capable vans
November 15, 2023 at 07:58
Toyota expands its collaboration with Stellantis, including one other rebadged mannequin to its LCV portfolio. The Toyota ProAce Max marks the automaker’s entry into Europe’s massive van section, becoming a member of the facelifted ProAce and ProAce Metropolis that are additionally based mostly on Stellantis underpinnings. All three vans can be found with absolutely electrical powertrains. Moreover, Toyota launched the electrified model of the getting older Hilux, upgrading the diesel powertrain with 48V mild-hybrid know-how for improved effectivity.
As you could have observed, the Toyota ProAce Max is a sibling to the just lately facelifted Fiat Ducato, Citroen Jumper, Peugeot Boxer, Opel Movano, and Ram ProMaster. The one Toyota-specific components are the emblems and the redesigned nostril. The remainder of the bodywork together with the full-LED lighting models and the 16-inch rims is shared with the opposite massive vans by Stellantis. The identical applies to the inside which advantages from the newest infotainment, ADAS, and related companies.
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The ProAce Max van is accessible in 6 configurations (2 wheelbase lengths, 3 lengths, and three heights) providing a cargo capability of as much as 17 m³ (600 cubic toes). Moreover, the corporate gives the LCV in one-way or three-way tipper and dropside kinds, Chassis, Platform, and Crew Cab layouts.
The ProAce Max has a WLTP vary of as much as 420 km (261 miles) due to a 110 kWh battery pack. As with the Fiat E-Ducato and the opposite mechanically associated vans, the quick charging functionality of as much as 150 kW permits it to recharge from 0-80% in lower than an hour. Toyota didn’t specify whether or not the massive van may also be obtainable in diesel kind.
Facelifted ProAce And ProAce Metropolis With Elevated Electrical Vary
The opposite two vans – ProAce and ProAce Metropolis – are facelifted for 2024, gaining redesigned bumpers and headlights. The brand new nostril provides slightly bit of additional Toyota taste into the combo, although the remainder of the bodywork is shared with their Fiat, Citroen, Peugeot, and Opel siblings. The LCV fashions retain the identical cargo capacities of 6.6 m³ (233.1 cubic toes) for the ProAce and 4.4 m³ (155.4 cubic toes) for the ProAce Metropolis. The identical updates are inherited by the passenger variations – particularly the 9-seater ProAce Verso and the 7-seater ProAce Metropolis Verso.
The electrical variations of the vans profit from elevated vary figures in comparison with their predecessors. Extra particularly, the ProAce (midsize van) gives a WLTP vary of as much as 350 km (218 miles), whereas the electrical ProAce Metropolis (compact van) can journey as much as 330 km (205 miles) between expenses. Once more, Toyota didn’t point out some other powertrain choices though sibling vans are provided with petrol and diesel engines.
Gentle-Hybrid Diesel For The Hilux
A brand new electrified diesel powertrain breathes new life into the eight-generation of the Toyota Hilux which has been round since 2015 with two facelifts in 2017 and 2020. The Hilux Hybrid 48V comes fitted with an up to date model of the two.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that includes a 48-volt gentle hybrid system comprising an electrical motor/generator and a small battery pack.
Toyota didn’t announce the detailed specs of the powertrain however an earlier press launch from Toyota Australia talked about a ten% enchancment within the gas effectivity of the midsize pickup. On the similar time, electrification allegedly enhances off-road efficiency due to “smoother acceleration” and “regenerative braking”. Final however not least, the mild-hybrid pickup retains the three,500 kg (7,717 kilos) towing functionality and 1,000 kg (2,205) most payload capability of its diesel-only predecessor.
Pricing of the up to date Toyota Skilled lineup in Europe shall be introduced nearer to the market launch which is anticipated in early 2024.