Put an Expert to work
Peugeot’s new van is packed with goodies, writesGRAHAMSMITH
AFTER eyeing off the lightcommercial market for some time, Peugeot has taken the plunge and released its own range of vans.
The Expert is the French company’s entrant in the highly competitive one-tonne segment.
The Partner will contest the compact segment now dominated by VW’s Caddy.
But it will also come up against bigger vans such as the Toyota HiAce, Hyundai iLoad, VW Transporter and Mercedes-Benz Vito.
Peugeot is marketing the Expert as a high-end model with plenty of standard features.
As a result it has a relatively high price, but Peugeot’s ploy is to appeal to van buyers who want a fully equipped van rather than a bland white box on wheels.
Three versions of the Expert cover two wheelbases and two roof heights. The range starts with the 3000mm short-wheelbase model that has a roof height of 1894mm, and ends with two 3122mm longwheelbase models that have 1894mm and 1942mm roof heights.
All are under 2m tall so there is no issue with access to car parks and other height-restricted sites.
The shorter van will swallow five cubic metres of cargo. The longer models will haul six cubic metres.
Up to 1188kg can be loaded through rear barn doors, which can be opened to 180 degrees for easy loading using a forklift, or through wide sliding doors on each side.
With 1245mm between the wheel arches the Expert will accept cargo on a standard pallet.
Inside, the cargo box is lined and has eight tie-downs for securing the load. The driver is protected by a ladder-type barrier. A full bulkhead is available for better protection and a quieter ride.
The Expert driver has a comfortable, attractive cabin with many standard features to make the working day pass quickly.
Power comes from a choice of two 2.0-litre common-rail turbodiesel engines. One has 88kW and 300Nm; the other 100kW and 320Nm.
Fuel use is said to be a miserly 7.2 litres for 100km.
One gearbox is on offer, a sixspeed manual. Service intervals are 15,000km for oil and filter, and 45,000km for major servicing. Peugeot is providing a three-year/ 100,000km warranty with three years’ roadside assistance.
Prices start at $36,990 for the 88kW short-wheelbase model. The long-wheelbase models are $38,490 and $41,590.
All the gear: the compact Expert van comes has a relatively high price, but a lot of standard equipment.