A mid-life update of the Peugeot e-Expert is on the horizon as the electric van is evaluated for a local launch.
It’s unclear if this particular prototype is an e-Expert, or if it’s a Citroen Jumpy or a Opel Vivaro as the only distinguishing elements of these three platform mates are the headlights, grille and front bumper.
All of these elements are covered by camouflage on the spied prototype, indicating they will also receive a tweak in design.
While the exterior changes appear to be only minor, the interior of this spied prototype looks quite different to the current Peugeot e-Expert.
There’s a new dash with a digital instrument cluster, a large touchscreen infotainment screen that’s mounted higher, and a new steering wheel.
In addition to these exterior and interior visual changes to the Peugeot e-Expert, the mid-life update could also bring a larger, more efficient battery pack and more range like what the company did with the e-208 electric city hatch.
The company’s managing director, Kate Gillis, told CarExpert in March the mid-sized e-Expert is one of the electric vans the company is currently investigating.
“So we are under evaluation with the factory [about the e-Expert],” said Ms Gillis.
“I am hoping to be able to provide some further information of that in due course.”
Ms Gillis added Peugeot Citroen Australia has received a “number of inquiries about [the e-Expert], and is “very much an important part of [the company’s] range moving forward”.
If the e-Expert does come to Australia, it’s unclear if it will be in current-generation or facelifted guise.
The Peugeot e-Expert was first revealed in 2019, with a hydrogen fuel-cell version called the e-Expert Hydrogen being unveiled in 2021.
The e-Expert is based on the EMP2 platform, like the smaller e-Partner, and is currently powered by a front-mounted electric motor producing 100kW of power and 260Nm of torque.
It’s currently available with either 50kWh and 75kWh or batteries, with a claimed range of 330km for the latter according to WLTP testing.
The e-Expert is available with three lengths – Compact, Standard and Long – and all have a loading volume identical to the combustion version.
It’s unclear if all versions of the e-Expert will come to Australia as the e-Partner will only be available in a single, long-wheelbase variant.
Peugeot also claims towing capacity for the e-Expert is 1000kg and payload is 1275kg.
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