SPOTTED IN TESTING: Citroen is testing prototypes of its new Jumpy light commercial, a vehicle scheduled for launch in early 2016. Images: Automedia
BERLIN, Germany - After Renault launched the new Trafic van in 2015 and Opel debuted a re-badged model called Vivaro, Citroen continued to test prototypes of its new light commercial vehicle.
Wheels24's spyguys spotted what will become the automaker's third-generation Jumpy van that's expected to be launched in early 2016. It will, Citroen says, "be more versatile, economical, safer and more technologically advanced than the current model to keep up with segment rivals".
NEW VAN IN PROGRESS
The prototype is camouflaged but there are tell-tale signs of things to come. The van spotted in southern Europe's biggest cosmetic difference over the outgoing model is that the front is much higher, similar to those of a modern Ford or Renault light commercial.
Not only the front bumper and radiator grille are positioned higher than before but the cockpit and windows also appear to have been raised. It will also sport new diode lights front and rear.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2016 Citroen Jumpy
The new Jumpy’s front looks very similar to Citroen's Tubik concept. Of course, much of the concept's cues have been toned down but its camouflage doesn't fool anybody... there's a little bit of Tubik in there.
Some rumours hint that the Jumpy will be offered in more versions than before, including a passenger model.
Back in February 2013 Toyota Germany's boss Toshiaki Yasuda told the automotive media that an all-new Proace would be jointly developed by PSA Peugeot Citroen and be launched in 2016. Unofficial information hints that the next generation Citroen Jumpy, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace will be built at the Sevelnord plant in Hordain, France, with production slated to start in late 2015.