There is nothing worse for a car company or for that matter anyone, being caught in a place where they don’t fit. No one likes being the last person picked for a game of football, so, why should an auto manufacturer be pleased with offering a vehicle that no one really wants to classify. For years the Citroen Dispatch sat hovering in the middle of the compact cargo van world and the small panel van world. At the end of the day it was simply a miscalculation of the market.
Think about it for a second. If you were a business owner who needed to spend money on a van to help move your products from point a to point b would you select a van that carried 3m3 or 8m3 if price and other aspects were relatively similar? If you answered like the rest of the world you would choose the van that came with 8m3.
Citroen went back to the drawing board to redesign the Dispatch to oddly enough it left it still hovering in the middle. But this time the middle is a grand place to be for Citroen. See, they now offer the Dispatch in volumes ranging from 5m3 to 7m3 and payload areas that can carry 1,00kg or 1,200kg. All while keeping the size relatively petit to suit people who need to drive in tight confines.
To make things even better Citroen is offering the dispatch in two load lengths, three engine options, and two roof heights. The Citroen Dispatch is also offered in a wide variety of other body arrangements including the panel van, the platform van, the window can and even a combi.
As noted before, Citroen has the were-with-all to keep the body of the Dispatch on the petit side of the spectrum to appeal to city driving business folk. They have also kept with their tradition of delivering vehicles that look a little different than the other cars in their class. Citroen has kept the Dispatch as a vehicle that offers both form and function.
The design team made sure that the Dispatch was designed in a way that would give it great maneuverability. The turning radius is an impressive 12.2m which makes it nearly 1meter better than the Vauxhaul Vivaro. Citroen kept the overall height of the Dispatch reasonable as to allow it entry into places most panel vans dare not tread. The standard roof height is 1,942mm and with the addition of the optional pneumatic suspension that height can be lowered to 1,894mm. The cargo area is easily accessed in tight quarters by sliding doors that open far enough to easily fit a normal sized pallet. The loading height sits at 562mm, but can be lowered with the self-leveling suspension Citroen offers as a cost upgrade.
All three engines offered in the Dispatch are powered by diesel fuel. The entry level engine is a 90bhp 1.6-litre with the 120bhp 2.0-litre being the intermediate engine with the biggest engine option being the 136bhp 2.0-litre. The only drawback to all these engines it that fuel consumption is not all that great. One has to sacrifice something in order to get the power needed to transport goods around. All the engines deliver excellent torque for a van of this class.
Citroen has done a nice job updating the dispatch to make it more suitable for more type of people. The wide ranges of configurations are sure to lead to an uptick in overall sales.
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