After a successful public debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April, the New PEUGEOT Partner is now available to order.
Clearly demonstrating why it’s one of the UK’s most popular LCVs – 2.4million Partner Vans have been produced since its launch in 1996 with 10% of those being sold in the UK – this 4th generation Partner showcases everything that’s important to Britain’s van drivers. Like every PEUGEOT, it comes with a desirable specification, exceptional versatility, proven durability, outstanding reliability, excellent driving dynamics and is great value.
For 2015 – which is PEUGEOT’s 120th successful year in the sector in which 7 million commercial vehicles have been sold – the Partner has been significantly revised. Enhancements include new Euro 6 engines, additional features and a smart new front-end design.
The upgrades will continue to drive demand for PEUGEOT LCVs; sales in the UK were up more than 50% last year, the largest market growth of any LCV manufacturer in which the Partner continues to dominate its sector. The total for the year reached 32,254 units, with PEUGEOT the fourth largest manufacturer – a jump of two places compared to 2013. Market share grew by more than 2%, from 7.7% in 2013 to 9.8% in 2014.
The most obvious enhancement to the New Partner van is its revised front-end design. It features a contemporary new nose and fresh headlamp styling, bringing it into line with the new PEUGEOT family face already seen on other recently launched vehicles. Inside the modifications made the floor pan mean that even the L1 version has the capacity for 2 Euro pallets, class leading in its sector.
Keeping control of running costs is a key part of any LCV fleet, and the New Partner is a star performer. Amongst the proven, economical engines in the range, there are new VTi petrol and BlueHDi diesel units to choose from, which meet Euro 6 standards.
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are on average 15% lower than the outgoing units. The 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 S&S version now has record low CO2 emissions, from 108g/km, and comes with either a manual or electronic-controlled automatic gearbox.
Available in S, SE and Professional trims, new features have been added at every level. Cruise control and a speed limiter are now standard from SE, while front parking sensors and a reversing camera are now on the options list.
Professional vans now come with a TomTom GO 5000 sat-nav fitted as standard, a first in the sector (and also on Bipper and Expert vans). It clips magnetically to a charging dock mounted on the A-pillar, enabling the five-inch touch-screen to be within handy reach.
A first for the New Partner range is ‘Active City Brake’, available across the range from November this year. It is an automatic urban braking system which activates when a risk of collision is detected, up to speeds of 20mph. By helping to avoid accidents, or reduce the seriousness of an impact, it has a positive effect on the insurance group rating and running costs – another key factor for business users.
The New PEUGEOT Partner is available in Panel Van and Crew Van formats, priced from £13,215 and £15,285 respectively (prices excl. VAT).
One model expected to prove particularly popular with multi-drop businesses which operate mainly in urban areas is the Panel Van EV. It provides a zero-emissions driving range of up to 106 miles between charges, and comes with an eight-year / 60,000-mile battery warranty and priced at £21,300 (excl. VAT).
The PEUGEOT Partner has been a key part of Britain’s LCV landscape since 1996. Its practical one-box body style has shaped the segment, fulfilling an ‘everyday workhorse’ role for business users who demand outstanding efficiency and robustness.