Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Peugeot | posted April 15, 2016 10:53
Peugeot reveals new-generation Expert cargo van
Peugeot's cargo van is all-new for 2016 after the automaker revealed the next-generation Expert. Underpinned by the new modular EMP2 platform, Peugeot says the 2016 Expert is lighter and features an array of standard features that the previous generation lacked.
With the new modular platform, the Expert will be available in three lengths. The standard and long versions measure in at 4.95 and 5.30 meters respectively. There is also a compact model that comes in at 4.60 meters long. All body lengths can carry a maximum payload of 1,400 kg.
Cargo models will be equipped with two or three seats at the front, while the Extended Cab will have six fixed or fold-up seats. Those that need a people carrier can opt for the Combi model which features nine seats.
In terms of design, the 2016 Expert takes styling cues from the recently revealed Traveller and current-generation 308. Adorning the front fascia are the brand's signature headlight design and elevated vertical grill. The front bumper, on the other hand, has large air intakes and LED daytime running lights (DRLs). Over to the side, it has flared wheel arches, muscular curves and a sliding door with automatic hands-free function. The rear is fairly simple with vertical taillights, cargo doors and rear reflectors on the rear bumper.
Inside, Peugeot stated it has a unique interior design that gives it a commanding driving position like an SUV, but the riding comfort of a saloon car. A new optional touchscreen infotainment system and digital rearview mirror also makes its way inside the 2016 Expert. A vast array of cubby holds and storage compartments are fitted on the cargo van.
Under the hood, the 2016 Expert can be specified with a plethora of BlueHDi diesel engines. First up are the 1.6-liter motors which are available in either 95 PS or 115 PS. It then can be mated to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automated-manual gearbox.
Next are the 2.0-liter engines, which are rated at 120 PS, 150 PS and 180 PS, depending on the model. The first two are connected to a 6-speed manual gearbox while the top-of-the-range motor is exclusively mated to a 6-speed automatic. 4x4 models will even have a terrain-selector which can set the car for road, snow, sand or rock driving.
Safety features that come as standard on the 2016 Expert include: Driver Time Warning System, Blind Spot Monitoring, VisioPark 1 park assist and Grip Control traction system.