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New compact panel van triplets breeze in with style

A STYLISH new set of compact panel van triplets from Citroën, Peugeot and Fiat make their debut in the UK in February.

The new vans – Dispatch, Expert and Scudo respectively – will roll off the Sevel Nord factory lines in Valenciennes in northern France and are the result of a continuing co-operation between the three firms that dates back to 1978.

Not only is the driving experience improved, but now long wheelbase and high roof versions will be on sale for the first time, along with Combi variants which have up to nine seats.

The new vehicle offers bigger load compartments and heavier payloads than the old model.

Payloads range from 800kg to 1,200kg while load volumes go from 5.0 cubic metres to 7.0 cubic metres, while lengths are either 4.8 metres or 5.13 metres.

Under the bonnet, there is a choice of diesel engines – a 1.6-litre unit offering 90bhp mated to a five-speed gearbox or a 2.0-litre unit with 120bhp or 136bhp, mated to a six-speed box.

The cab has been completely reworked and modernised, with a stylish dashboard designed by no-one less than Pininfarina.

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