The New Peugeot Box
April 22, 2014: Popular Boxer enhanced with a new frontal appearance Greatly enhanced specification with many useful business features (DAB, Bluetooth, etc.) ‘Professional model’ has added features like touchscreen and satellite navigation
A major player in the commercial vehicle market in Europe with a very wide range, PEUGEOT continues the renewal of its model offer with the new PEUGEOT Boxer.
Tested over more than two million miles and proven under extreme conditions, the quality, robustness and durability of the new PEUGEOT Boxer is also expressed through a resolutely modern design in the Brand’s style. Low running costs, including best fuel economy in the market, as well as competitive service contracts, ensure ‘peace of mind’ in use.
The wide range of bodies and load capacities – equal to the best in segment, and with standard equipment designed for business users, make everyday life and driving simple on board the new PEUGEOT Boxer. Much more than a means of transport, the new PEUGEOT Boxer is an essential part of business efficiency.
“The new PEUGEOT Boxer contributes to the Brand’s product offensive and move up-market, through its level of quality, robustness and equipment levels, associated with a modern and attractive style. It also supports our strategy of internationalisation with 30% of sales outside Europe”, said Xavier Peugeot, PEUGEOT Product Director.
A revitalised large van market PEUGEOT has a long history of vans, starting in 1950. More than 1.8 million vans have been produced, nearly a million of which are PEUGEOT Boxers of the 3 generations produced since 1994.
The market segment represents around 500,000 vehicles a year in Europe. It is gaining some momentum with growth of 0.24% between 2010 and 2013. During the same period, the 3rd generation PEUGEOT Boxer, sold since 2006, increased its market share in Europe by 0.5% and up by 1.3% since launch – with sales outside Europe growing by 35%. The new PEUGEOT Boxer, on sale from the second quarter of 2014, will allow this momentum to be increased.
The new PEUGEOT Boxer has been designed for a new era and to suit the multiple uses of business users, who have high demands in terms of quality, running costs and efficient operation in service.
Proven quality of design
Robustness and durability put to the test “Reliability and durability are naturally key factors in the purchase of a commercial vehicle, as they enhance the product’s function, performance and desirability to affect the resale value in particular. We are committed to an in-depth approach to quality in use and durability, so as to be at the level better than our competitors. These are essential levers in the Brand’s move up-market and the new PEUGEOT Boxer is a strong demonstration of this”, says Philippe Pelletier, Quality Director.
The specification for the new PEUGEOT Boxer includes a quality imperative expressed at all levels: design, build quality, reliability, noise suppression and durability.
The quality of its design, as with the Brand’s cars, is focused on two key areas:
tighter design rules, based on feedback from other projects, assessment of the competition and analysis of vehicle durability after 7 years in service a range of additional and specific validations, over and above the tests usually carried out, to assess resistance to ageing
The result of this work can be seen in the tests referred to as ‘quality in use’ that simulate typical ageing in service with customers.
During the development phase of the new PEUGEOT Boxer, the work done on improvement to durability and noise reduction was in the areas of:
a strengthened body structure for greater rigidity a redesigned front scuttle new mechanisms for the sliding side doors and strengthened rear doors larger brakes a new design for suspension damper brackets a range of 2.2-litre HDi engines benefitting from a revised injection system
To ensure a high level of reliability and endurance, compatible with intensive use in service for the new PEUGEOT Boxer, more than 2.5 million miles have been driven, in the most extreme conditions, covering full load, half load and empty situations, on all types of roads, including poor surfaces and mountainous areas.
Reliability and durability have also been proven by special tests, among which were:
1,500 hours at temperatures from -20°C to +40°C to ensure resistance to ageing by the components and materials used in mechanical, plastic and electronic parts 1,000 crossings through 10cm of water or 3cm with saline spray, with no washing of the vehicle during the following 1,000 km, to validate the sealing and resistance to corrosion 500,000 door opening test cycles carried out at temperatures of –30°C to +80°C, representative of intensive use over 10 years
Quality at delivery for the new PEUGEOT Boxer has also received close attention. In addition to the quality control checks made in the factory during all phases of production, more than 1,800 cosmetic and functional checks are made on each vehicle at the end of the line.
Placing the new PEUGEOT Boxer in its time through a strong and modern identity, including the Brand’s styling cues, adapted to the commercial vehicle world, was the challenge taken up by the PEUGEOT Design Department.
A commercial vehicle must be practical and sturdy, but must also enhance its business users, as it contributes towards the image of their company and business. The new resolutely modern front end is evocative of power and strength. The bonnet, with its pronounced lines is underlined by the Brand badge. The wide grille – inspired by the new PEUGEOT 308 – is surrounded by a metallic grey finisher that appears to be machined from solid.
The new PEUGEOT Boxer adopts a very expressive, feline and technological look, reinforced by the grille continuing up to the headlamps, which now include daytime running lamps as standard with LEDs as an option.
Its new imposing bumpers provide maximum protection and include in the lower part, two circular recesses to receive, as an option or standard, the front foglamps, made of polycarbonate for greater strength. Just above, two rectangular recesses serve as steps to facilitate cleaning the windscreen. The rear end is enhanced by the Brand badge and a new lighting signature, which emphasises the modernity of the new PEUGEOT Boxer and provides improved visibility from the side for rear lighting.
In the functional and comfortable interior, the new PEUGEOT Boxer also shows improvements in elegance and perceived quality. The steering wheel adopts a more modern form and gives a feeling of strength from the first touch. To improve comfort and handling, it can be trimmed in leather as an option.
The dashboard receives a new control panel with a new range of audio systems, while the new black ‘Darko’ cloth punctuated with red and grey is adopted for the seats, with the brown Achille trim as an option. The whole effect contributes towards the perception of improved quality and modern appearance of the cabin.
An easy and safe drive To ensure safety and an easy drive, the new PEUGEOT Boxer offers a wide range of modern and technological equipment to help with driving and safety.
ABS, ESP, EBA - Emergency Braking Assistance, a driver’s airbag and electric windows are all part of the standard equipment, together with a steel bulkhead between the cabin and the loading area, contributing towards better noise suppression.
For anti-theft protection, it is fitted with:
central door locking with deadlocking independent locking and unlocking of the load space automatic display in the touch screen of the rear of the vehicle, using a reversing camera, when the rear doors are opened An alarm as standard on Professional models
To protect occupants and to suit the various uses of the vehicle by the customer, the new PEUGEOT Boxer offers numerous active and passive safety systems:
The LAC (Load Adaptive Control) function adapts the point at which the ESP intervenes, according to the load in the vehicle and its distribution. In this way it allows the vehicle to remain stable on its trajectory in critical situations ASR (anti-slip regulation or traction control), also part of the ESP function, detects spin on one or both driving wheels; it acts on the brakes and the engine speed to restore grip. At low speed, ASR makes it easier to move off, particularly on slippery surfaces. It allows the vehicle to move off smoothly, without stalling and preserves the clutch, so improving its service life. At higher speeds, it avoids wheel spin, particularly under sharp acceleration on slippery surfaces The LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System) continuously reads the road using a camera placed above the interior mirror. If the driver crosses a continuous or broken line without using the direction indicators, a warning lamp appears in the dashboard and an audible alarm is given on the side that the line was crossed. This new feature is standard equipment on the 4 tonne van, and is available as an option on other models in the range. With TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), standard on Minibuses and an option on the other versions, each wheel is fitted with a pressure sensor and in the event of loss of pressure or a puncture, the wheel in question is identified to the driver by a message in the instrument panel or on the central screen A passenger airbag and two curtain airbags are available as options.
The new PEUGEOT Boxer also has safety and driving assistance systems:
Hill Start Assist, also part of ESP, this system is activated when the vehicle is stationary, engine running, foot on the brake pedal, on a slope steeper than 5%, in forward gear going up or reverse gear going down. Under these conditions braking pressure is maintained for around two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal, offering assurance and ease in moving off without the vehicle dropping back, whatever the load in the vehicle Grip Control, available as an option, is a system that provides improved traction on surfaces with low grip (mud, snow or ice). When the system is activated by the push button on the dashboard and it detects a situation of low grip, the Grip Control takes over from ASR transferring the drive to the wheel with the best grip on the ground in order to optimise traction and maintain the vehicle’s trajectory. It is automatically deactivated above 18mph Grip Control now includes a new function, HDC (Hill Descent Control), which can be activated by pressing a push button on the dashboard. It allows the driver to maintain a constant speed below 18mph; and the control of their vehicle on a slope – particularly on a muddy or loose surface – of at least 8%, and this without any action on the accelerator or brake by the driver. The function is automatically deactivated when the driver accelerates to a speed above 18mph
Other driving and manoeuvring assistance systems complete the equipment:
A new programmable cruise control and speed limiter system is standard on the Professional model or optional on other models, allowing the speed of the vehicle to be maintained at a programmed speed, without the driver using the accelerator when the cruise control is used Rear parking sensors are standard on the Professional model and available as an option on other models using four ultrasonic proximity sensors fitted in the rear bumper. The system operates automatically when reverse gear is engaged. It detects obstacles close to the rear of the vehicle, which are signalled to the driver by an audible signal, the frequency of which increases as the vehicle approaches then, the signal becoming continuous when a few centimetres away. For greater safety, pedestrians are also alerted by en external audible signal when the vehicle is reversing To make manoeuvring the vehicle even easier, the new PEUGEOT Boxer also offers a new, optional reversing camera with an overlays function. Fitted adjacent to the third brake lamp, when in reverse it automatically sends an image of the area behind the vehicle to the touch screen. It allows more precise manoeuvres thanks to the different coloured lines showing distances from the rear bumper. The reversing camera can be coupled with rear parking sensors Variable assistance power steering is standard with the 3.0-litre HDi engine and on the 4 tonne models; it is also available as an option on certain versions. It adapts the level of assistance according to the speed of the vehicle. At high speed the steering is heavier for greater safety and lighter at low speed to facilitate manoeuvres
Modern equipment devised for business users
The new PEUGEOT Boxer offers a wide choice of equipment, allowing the cabin to be turned into a true mobile office.
The functional cabin offers various storage areas, as well as a document holder and writing table built into the folding backrest of the centre seat.
The new range of audio systems, with the option of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), offers as standard Bluetooth hands-free telephone operation and a USB port.
An exclusive feature in the segment, a 5’’ colour touch screen, standard on Professional models, allows the operation of all functions, such as audio streaming, reading SMS text messages andas standard – which is unprecedented in the segment – or an option, a new integrated satellite navigation system, as well as the display of the image from the reversing camera.
Competitive and controlled running costs
Maintenance costs and fuel consumption among the lowest in the market
The new PEUGEOT Boxer is available with a range of five Diesel engines of the latest generation with particle filter (FAP) that meet the Euro 5 emissions standard:
The 2.2-litre HDi FAP 110 develops 81kW and 250Nm at 1,750rpm. This 4-cylinder turbo engine has a cast iron cylinder block, an aluminium cylinder head, 16-valves and double overhead camshafts. It offers lively performance, while being economical in operation, two worthwhile benefits for urban driving The 2.2-litre HDi FAP 130 and the 2.2-litre HDi FAP 150 develop 96kW and 320Nm at 1,800rpm and 110kW and 350Nm at 1,750rpm respectively. Compared to the 110hp version, they have a specific piston cooling system and engine mapping. The 2.2-litre HDi FAP 130 can also be specified with Stop & Start technology The 3.0-litre HDi FAP 180 develops 130kW and 400Nm at 1,400rpm, an exceptional torque figure for the category. Its Common Rail fuel injection system regulates the fuel pressure to between 450 and 1800 bar according to demand. This technology provides all the performance needed for long distance journeys and for use when heavily loaded
The arrival of Stop & Start technology on the 2.2-litre HDi 130 allows fuel consumption that is among the best on the market, and with an average reduction of 5g/km in CO2 emissions too.
Maintenance costs for the new PEUGEOT Boxer are among the lowest in the market thanks to:
engines fitted with a timing chain that does not require replacement, and with servicing intervals extended to 30,000 miles or two years larger brakes to improve performance and reduce wear good weight distribution and front wheel drive, allowing the fitment of standard 15’’ tyres, the most economical in the market
A version for every application
The new PEUGEOT Boxer offers the widest choice of bodies in the market so can adapt to all uses and every business requirement and trade. Based on three wheelbases (3m, 3.45m and 4.04m), the versions are available in four vehicle lengths (L1, L2, L3 and L4) and three heights (H1, H2 and H3), of which eight bodies combinations are available from 8 to 17m3.
The new PEUGEOT Boxer is also available in other versions to meet the needs of particular trades:
7-seat crew cab flat bed, with single 3-seat or double 7-seat cab tippers and dropsides with GVW of 335 base vehicles for conversions on single and double chassis cabs, floor cabs, bare chassis and ‘back-to-back’ (delivered as a pair to be separated in conversion) versions
A very large number of conversions possible
The base range for motorhome conversions is available as a van or chassis cab, and has in particular the option of, when-static, rotating front seats.
Record loading efficiency
Ease of loading has not been overlooked on the new PEUGEOT Boxer.
It offers the largest useable volume with an overall length of just 6.36m, around 50cm to 1m more than the competition.
It also has one of the widest ranges of Gross Vehicle Weights, with a range of five GVWs from 3 to 4 tonnes:
Light range: 330 (3 tonnes) / 333 (3.3 tonnes) / 335 (3.5 tonnes), Heavy range: 435 (3.5 tonnes) / 440 (4 tonnes),
This range offers better payloads than rear wheel drive vehicles, which are penalised by the weight of the extra transmission and drivetrain.
The PEUGEOT Boxer also offers great ease of loading due to:
a record load width of 1.87m and 1.42m between wheel arches a low load sill, between 493 and 602mm rear doors that open to 96° and extended to 180° due to a folding check strap and to 270° as an option feature one or two sliding side doors
The load sill can be lowered by 60 to 70mm, depending on the wheelbase, due to self-levelling rear pneumatic suspension. This suspension also maintains a constant ride height regardless of load and provides improved ride comfort. The control is located on the dashboard with an indication of the position in the instrument panel, the vehicle returns to its nominal ride height from 12mph.
The new Boxer range now provides Business users with an even greater product offering, with a durable reputation enhanced with numerous improvements, a greater level of standard and optional specification and the widest choice of models presently available on the market.
The PEUGEOT Brand can trace its roots back to 1810, and it was in 1889 that it began producing automobiles, thus in 2014 it celebrates 125 years of vehicle production with over 60 million sold. Present in 160 countries with some 10,000 points of contact, everywhere PEUGEOT combines Excellence, Allure and Emotion.
In 2013 PEUGEOT sold 1.5m vehicles worldwide, represented in the majority of markets around the world with a strategy to continuously move the Brand up-market.
The UK is currently the 3rd largest market for PEUGEOT vehicles and the product range of cars, most of which are identified by their characteristic numbers, are of modern and engaging design. Recent models include the expanding 208 range with the emblematic performance GTi and luxurious XY versions, supplemented by the new 2008 urban Crossover and the new class-leading 308 - European Car of the Year 2014, available in Hatchback and SW estate body styles.
PEUGEOT has a reinvigorated range of high quality products and services that provide and combine a refined design with great attention to detail, and a unique driving experience delivering the satisfaction and emotion identifiable with every PEUGEOT product.
The PEUGEOT boxer was launched in 1994, with a re-style in 2002, before the latest model was introduced in 2006. Since launch, over 75,000 have been sold in the UK.