Enhanced practicality, comfort, and safety stemming from new design features, architecture, and technologies are about to be delivered by the New Citroen Dispatch.
The significance of the UK for Dispatch sales is underlined by the global public reveal having taken place at the CV Show in Birmingham in April.
But far from going near Birmingham, you only have to talk to the business specialists at Freeborn Citroen to discover all you need to know about this exciting new addition to the Citroen van range.
The New Citroën Dispatch is the first vehicle of its type to offer hands-free sliding side doors and a head-up display, as well as numerous other technologies that make working lives easier and safer.
Designed with a wide range of professionals in mind, the new Dispatch will be available in van, Combi and Crew Van versions, as well as three lengths (XS: 4.60m, M: 4.95m and XL: 5.30m).
In addition to the hands-free sliding doors and the head-up display, new features include Driver Attention Alert, Active Safety Brake, Citroën Connect Nav and Mirror Link systems, and a wide range of optional extras to suit every professional’s unique needs. It offers up to 1,400kg of payload capacity (even in the new-to-the-range XS), 6.6m3 of load volume and can tow up to 2,500kg.
The height of just 1.90m for the XS and M versions makes for easy underground car park access, a rarity amongst competitor vehicles but essential when working in modern shopping centres. The interior has been designed to maximise driver comfort while minimising fatigue while operators will appreciate the best-in-class fuel consumption and CO2 emissions (BlueHDi 115 S&S 6-speed manual: 55.4mpg and 133g/km of CO2) and controlled running costs thanks to latest-generation 1.6-litre and 2-litre diesel engines ranging from 95hp with a manual gearbox to 180hp with an EAT6 automatic gearbox.
The New Citroën Dispatch is built on a latest-generation modular platform designed specifically for the new model. The platform has a reinforced structure with special new front and rear axles.
The modular design is reflected in two wheelbase lengths (2.93m and 3.28m) as well as two rear overhangs (0.80m and 1.15m). These can be combined into three lengths: XS at 4.60m (a segment first) with the short wheelbase and M at 4.95m, and XL at 5.30m with the long wheelbase.
The New Dispatch is available in a wide range of configurations, including:A COMPLETE RANGE
Vans: available in three lengths, the vans mainly target professionals requiring large load volumes (up to 6.6m3). With three trim levels they can be adapted to suit every need.
Combis: available in three lengths, the Combi model from the XS version upwards can accommodate as many as nine people. The versions address the transport needs of organisations to move people using the maximum number of seats and volume.
Moduwork: the modular design of the front passenger seat, a special bulkhead and a flat floor extends the maximum load length of the New Dispatch by 1.16m. Furthermore the cabin can truly function as a mobile office, with the central arm rest lowering to provide a pivoting table with an elastic and adhesive strip to keep objects in place (such as PCs or tablets). In addition, special holders for smartphones and tablets are available as accessories.
Hands-free sliding side doors: the hands-free function allows drivers to open the side doors contact free, the only such function in the segment. With a simple movement of the foot under the corner of the rear bumper, the vehicle unlocks and the sliding side door on the relevant side opens automatically. The same movement serves to lock the door or the vehicle.
Ply-lining kits: consistent with the needs and activities of many professionals, the New Dispatch vans are available with two types of lining: plywood and coated wood (anti-skid and protected by aluminium deflector strips that are waterproof and easy to wash). Several combinations of kits are available for protecting the load area and the trim on all of the sides as well as the wheel arches.
Numerous storage compartments: the front of the cabin is home to a lower glove box with a jack, 12V socket and USB socket, a large storage space under the passenger seat is ideal for shoes or hard hats. Cup holders are specified on both sides of the dashboard. A central upper storage area and two door bins large enough for 1.5-litre bottles of water are also featured.