2016 Toyota Proace-1

The Proace van – the commercial-oriented version of the Proace – has officially been unveiled by the brand. Sporting Toyota’s new design language, the Proace is available in three body sizes, with a range of diesel engines and optional safety technology.

Design-wise, the Proace now receives Toyota’s “Under Priority” frontal design language. The three body sizes include Compact (4,600 mm long, 2,900 mm wheelbase), Medium (4,900 mm long, 3,200 mm wheelbase) and Long (5,300 mm long, 3,200 mm wheelbase). All body sizes have the same width (2,200 mm) and height (1,900 mm).

Moreover, they all come with left- and right-hand sliding rear doors and side-hinged 180 degree opening and double rear doors. To add to that, they have a maximum payload capacity of up to 1,400 kg and towing capacity of up to 2,500 kg. Depending on size, the Proace can be had in panel, semi-glaze, glaze crew cab, combi and platform cab variants.

All Proace vans come with a Smart Cargo system which allows for varying cargo volume (from 5,100 litres to 6,600 litres, depending on body size). Unique to the system is a storage compartment under the central passenger seat, a movable desk configuration in the central seatback which also includes a swivelling shelf and a high grip tray.

Inside, all three share the same analogue dial instrumentation and a short throw gear lever close to the steering wheel. As for variants, the Proace van comes in three grades: Combi (passenger car grade) which is available with a choice of 5- to 9-seat cabin configuration, with the former featuring “captain’s chair” style front seats.

The Base grade shares the same equipment as the Combi, including three front seats, driver’s seat armrest, two airbags, fabric upholstery, central locking, cruise control, a 12V dashboard power supply and 16-inch wheels with hubcaps. The Comfort grade on the other hand, is available on Van and Crew Cab versions and builds on the specs of the Base.

For the Comfort variant, it gets better acoustic treatment, driver’s seat height adjustment, fabric/vinyl upholstery, a stereo radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, manual air-conditioning, glovebox lighting and cooling, remote central locking, additional 12V power supplies in both glovebox, cargo area and the Smart Cargo system.

Out of the many options that can be had include keyless entry, auto lamps and wipers, front and rear parking sensors and rear camera. Also, the vans can be specified to have increased payload, enhanced ground clearance and off-road capabilities. Aesthetic options include 14-inch alloys, colour-coded bumpers, side protection, handles and external mirrors.

Safety options on the other hand include side airbags, xenon lamps and fog lamps. That’s not all that can be specified in terms of safety. The Proace can also be equipped with a choice of two Toyota Safety Sense packs. In addition, Toyota Traction Select for off-road capability and switchable ESP with three modes: snow, mud and sand are also available.

Other accessories include acoustic and thermal insulation, a rear ladder, fixed and fold-out tow hooks, a roof-rack system with rollers, top boxes and pipe carriers and more tailor-made solutions from Wurth.

Power-wise, a total of five diesel engines ranging from a 1.6 litre with three different outputs: 95 hp/210 Nm, which can be mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed robotised manual transmission (pushing up torque to 240 Nm). The other is a 115 hp/300 Nm 1.6 litre unit that’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The others are 2.0 litre turbodiesel engines with three outputs: 122 hp/340 Nm, 150 hp/370 Nm (both mated to a six-speed manual transmission) and a more powerful 180 hp/400 Nm (mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.