Toyota has had no panel van offering in the UK since the demise of the much-loved Hiace. The fruits of their negotiations with the Sevel group are now coming to bear with the announcement of the ProAce van – essentially a Scudo/Dispatch/Expert with a Toyota badge.
The ProAce will be arriving on our streets in the second quarter of 2013, whilst Fiat are heading in a different direction with their Scudo. This means that Toyota will have an input into the next version of the ProAce, destined to come to market in 2017.
The ProAce will have two lengths and two heights, giving a maximum load volume of 7m3 with a top payload of 1,250kg.
The new Toyota will be powered, unsurprisingly, by a 89HP, 1.6 litre or 126 or 161HP, 2-litre diesel.
More details regarding final specification and prices will be released by Toyota nearer the time.
What Fiat will do about the Scudo is anyone’s guess at present – does the company believe that the Dolbo performs well enough to fulfil the role with the XL version, or is there a new van under way, which the company may hope to market in the US under a Chrysler brand and across Europe as a GM brand. Alternatively the Combo/Doblo relationship between Fiat and Opel could be turned on its head with Fiat joining forces with the Vivaro/Trafic/Primastar combination for a rebadged Scudo of the future.