In the European market, Toyota offers a workhorse van called the Proace. Think Hiace, but imagine the bare minimum—steel wheels, sliding side doors, split-open rear barn doors, and a spacious cabin with only the front row seats placed inside.
The existing model is already an interesting proposition that business owners here in the Philippines could probably make good use of. But now, the Japanese carmaker has introduced a new version of its utility van that might be an even better fit in the local market: the Proace City. It’s a slightly shorter and more compact version of the Proace.
The 2020 Toyota Proace City actually comes in two body styles: short (4,403mm), and long (4,753mm). It packs a 1.5-liter diesel powertrain under its hood, and customers can choose between the 75hp and 100hp engine options. It might not look like much on paper, but Toyota claims the Proace City is strong enough to tow 1.5 tons.
We don’t have the exact dimensions of the rear cabin, but the total load area is 3.3 cubic meters for the short-body version and 3.9 cubic meters for the long-body. Loading cargo is also made easy thanks to the aforementioned split barn doors at the rear that open up to 180 degrees. The van also has a Smart Cargo feature—standard only for the higher-grade Icon variants—which allows folding of the front passenger bench to add even more cargo space.
The workhorse comes with a lot of standard goodies, too, such as automatic headlights, heated and power-adjustable side mirrors, power windows, and of course, air-conditioning. Opting for the Icon model will get you even more tech, namely: an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, automatic wipers, electronic parking brake, reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors, and cruise control with speed limiter. Some of these features only come as an option for the more affordable Active grade models.
Optional for the Icon grade is a 3.5-inch color information cluster, an immobilizer and alarm, and the Toyota Safety Sense package. The latter includes a pre-collision system, road sign assist, andlane-departure alert. Lastly, a tow bar can also be added into the mix, and this option is available for both grades.
Prices for the 2020 Toyota Proace City range from £18,386-£21,636 (about P1.1 million to P1.3 million).
What say you? Would you consider using this as your workhorse if it were made available here?