Peugeot’s new Partner makes its debut in the LCV sector

Brian Joss – Why not combine practicality with pleasure, feel that delight every time you drive, why not optimise your time, guarantee your safety and feel sure that your vehicle. 

This is exactly what The Peugeot Partner with the i-CockpitR as standard is rugged enough to withstand any test is a new entrant in the LCV sector, which, says the manufacturer, “is conducive to productivity”.

With its dynamic design, the Partner features an unparalleled range of driving aids that, to date, have only been seen on the latest saloon vehicles.  The dimensions are perfectly in line with the market segment, it is exceedingly comfortable and the payload area is even more practical and versatile than ever, Peugeot said.

Its pedigree is proven as its already a winner by being voted International Van of the Year 2019.

“The Partner renews a 20-year history of ruggedness and quality. Following our recent launch successes, our SUV offensive with the 2008, 3008 and 5008 we had to have the same ambition for our LCV vehicle design – impress the market with innovative and unprecedented features! This is why the iconic i-CockpitR, is fitted as standard on the Partner,” said Jean-Philippe Imparato, Peugeot brand CEO.

i-CockpitR, is now being fitted on a commercial vehicle for the first time which is becoming a must for professional users who are constantly seeking ways to improve the quality of the service they provide. An optimum ergonomic layout, tip-top comfort and exemplary safety systems make for an intuitive driving experience.

The Partner features, among others, a compact, double D-style steering wheel for improved grip and manoeuvrability; a head-up style display to enable essential information to be received by the driver whilst he is still able to maintain his eye on the road; an 8″ capacitive touch screen located in the centre of the dashboard in line with the driver’s vision providing direct and permanent access to key comfort functions – radio functions, vehicle settings, telephone, to name a few.An A large 8″ colour touch screen provides connectivity. Located within easy reach and tilted towards the driver, it comes with Bluetooth and a is supplemented by Mirror Screen that is compatible with Mirror LinkR, Apple CarplayT and Android AutoT.

An electric parking brake which is easy to use, frees up space to  provide a large storage area or a larger seat for the 3-seater version.

with its Lion badge sitting in the centre of a vertical grill that enhances the powerful headlight design.

The profile reflects all the force of its style. The lines are perfectly balanced with a short, horizontal bonnet, a high waistline and shorter overhangs. The bevel-cut design featured symmetrically on the front and rear ends shape the sides with a new body-line style.

At the rear, the angular bumper gives force to the lower section and provides optimum protection. The hinged wide-span doors underline the vehicle’s rugged nature and constitute an extra protection against theft from rear compartment.

The interior design reflects Peugeot’s passenger vehicle range: ergonomic yet elegant. The style is chic and discrete, the space is both ergonomic and versatile, incorporating countless storage solutions for perfect functionality combined with unparalleled sturdiness.

The fundamental needs of professional users were the main focus when Peugeot developed the Partner:  optimum functionality under all circumstances, the company said.

The 1.6 HDI L2, is 4,75m long and provides a greater load capacity. The effective length is 2.16m and a load capacity of 4.40m3 and is built on a version of the EMP2 platform that is used for the latest brand models. This tried-and-tested base enables shorter overhangs and a small turning circle for easy manoeuvring: the kerb to kerb turning radius is only 11.43m.

The payload is one of the best in the segment – 1000kg.

The dual sliding side doors provide excellent accessibility.

Transportation of long objects thanks to a bulkhead passthrough panel the fold-down, side passenger seat for loading longer items.

A Tall and Wide load-opening and cargo area combined with the flat roof result in class leading 4.4 Cubic metres load capacity space.

With a capacity of up to 113L, storage solutions have been designed for multiple professional usage needs. They are always to hand and cleverly distributed throughout the passenger area – glove box (uncovered), door pockets and even an upper glove box. Located opposite the passenger, it uses the space normally taken by the airbag (now a Bag-in Roof airbag) and is big enough to house a 15″ computer, and it contains a USB and Aux connection port.

The 1.6 HDI diesel engine, rated at 68kW and 230 Nm is extremely efficient.

It carries a price tag of R389 900 including VAT.

CAPTION: Practical: the new Peugeot Partner. Picture: Motorpress.

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