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What new vans are being launched soon?

Should you buy now or wait for a better van to come later? Here's a list of new vans expected to be launched in the future...

Toyota Proace City
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What Car? team
11 Oct 2019 06:00

New vans aren’t that frequent but, with regular changes to emissions regulations and the constant need to refresh the look of their products, manufacturers are now shortening the traditionally long intervals between updates.

Here are some of the new vans that are being launched soon.


Toyota Proace City (expected Q1 2020)

Launched at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham in 2019, the new Toyota Proace City – pictured – will go on sale in the early part of 2020.

It is based on the Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo Cargo platform and will be followed by an electric version in 2021.

Expect two body lengths and the same engine options that are available in the other vans, with power ratings from 74bhp to 128bhp.

Toyota also tends to back up its vehicles with a longer warranty than offered by rivals, so one of the main reasons to buy a Toyota Proace City is likely to be a five-year warranty – compared with a three-year warranty for the other vans.


LDV EV30 (expected Q1 2020)

Another new van launched at the CV Show in 2019, the Maxus EV30 will be the first small van from the revitalised and now Chinese-owned LDV brand.

The Maxus EV30 will be an electric-only van and is set to compete against the Renault Kangoo ZE and the Nissan e-NV200. It has a claimed driving range of 127 miles, and its lithium ion batteries will support fast charging. Power comes from a 114bhp electric motor.

There will be standard and long-wheelbase versions, with a respective 5m3 and 6m3 carrying capacity. Payloads will range from 600kg to one tonne.

It is also likely to be the cheapest electric van on sale in the UK, with a price of around £22,000.


LDV V90 (expected mid-2020)

The LDV name has been back in the UK since 2016, when the V80 was launched despite already being an ageing product that had been introduced in China as early as 2011.

An all-new 2020 LDV – likely to be called V90 – is therefore expected during 2020. It is hoped it will significantly improve the brand’s competitiveness among the established Western manufacturers. Expect the next-generation V80 to have several wheelbase options and a much more efficient engine.

An electric van version will follow shortly afterwards, in line with LDV’s electrification strategy, although deliveries to the UK are likely to be much later in 2021.


Volkswagen Caddy (expected mid/late 2020)

The Caddy is by far the oldest product in Volkswagen’s otherwise youthful line-up. It was last refreshed in 2015, getting a new front design and revised interior.

With deliveries of the Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 well under way by 2020, it is expected that it will then be the Caddy’s turn for a substantial makeover to follow in the design of the new Transporter.


Renault Kangoo (expected mid/late 2020)

Although a concept has already been shown, very little else is known about the next-generation Kangoo van. The one thing the concept does show us, however, is the shape of the new Kangoo – overly soft lines aside.

The revised Kangoo will also lead to a new version of the Mercedes-Benz Citan, with the relationship between the two makers set to continue.


Nissan NV250 (expected 2020)

Nissan’s NV200 will stop production and be replaced by the NV250, which will be built on the Renault Kangoo platform.

There is not yet any indication if an electric version of the NV250 will go into production as Nissan currently plans to continue with the e-NV200.


Fiat Ducato BEV (expected 2020)

Fiat has revealed plans for an electric Ducato van that will go on sale next year.

It will have a 122bhp electric motor and a driving range of more than 200 miles.

Despite Fiat building the Citroën Relay and Peugeot Boxer, the Ducato BEV (battery-electric vehicle) will not be shared by the French companies. Instead, Fiat will create a separate area within its own factory to deal with the electric vehicle.


Mercedes e-Sprinter (expected 2020)

Will 2020 finally be the year of an electric Mercedes Sprinter van? Development vehicles have already been shown to the media, and plans point towards an imminent arrival.

However, the Mercedes e-Vito has undergone a very long gestation period and, despite being in operation with selected customers throughout 2019, will only be available on general sale in the early part of 2020.


Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo/Volkswagen Transporter T7 (expected 2022)

An announcement that Volkswagen and Ford will look to collaborate on their future commercial vehicles still hasn’t cleared up when we might see the next models from either manufacturer.

However, Volkswagen’s new ID range does include a mid-sized van-like product. Whether or not this will remain only as a people mover or become a full-scale commercial vehicle is not yet clear.

Other possible scenarios are that Ford will take control of commercial vehicle design for the mid-sized van, and the Transporter T7 will be based on the Ford Transit Custom. Discussions between the manufacturers are ongoing and any announcement is likely to come out of the blue and with some surprises.


Citroën Relay, Peugeot Boxer and Vauxhall Movano (expected 2023)

Euro-6d emissions regulations mean that the Citroën Relay, Peugeot Boxer and Vauxhall Movano have all just been updated, but the changes are largely to the engine bay.

A new model by 2023 seems likely given the age of the van. Considering that the small and mid-sized vans from the three manufacturers are all their own creation, the relationship with Fiat (which currently builds the van for all three brands) might also be coming to an end.

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