LCVs Dominate CV Show 2021

Covid has not stopped new LCV launches. CV Show visitors will be able to see many new models for the first time. Expect some surprises too.


Ford will feature the new E-Transit, due on sale here next year as well as the new extended Transit L5 skeletal chassis, fitted with a new low-floor Luton body. Then there will be an introduction to Ford Liive, the company’s new connected system.

E-Transit will make its UK debut at the CV Show. The battery electric variant of the Transit will offer a range of around 200 miles on a full charge and offer the company’s Pro Power Onboard system, which will offer up to 2.3kW to power for tools and equipment from a dedicated battery.

New Ford E-Transit

The stand will offer a digital introduction to Ford Liive, including Ford Telematics Essentials, a complimentary on-board system providing alerts based on real-time vehicle operational data. The system is designed to reduce breakdowns and speed up servicing and repairs.

The vehicle display will feature a Ranger zone, showing various models from Ford’s popular pickup truck range. This will include the limited edition XLT-based Wolftrak pickup aimed at off-road customers. A long-leg tubular sports bar supports the fitting of accessories and load restraint equipment. Underbody protection and 17-inch black alloy wheels are standard equipment. Only 350 will be available in the UK.

Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition

Another limited edition Ranger, the Storm Trak will also be on display in Rapid Red paint and powered by the range topping bi-turbo 213hp 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, developing 500Nm of torque.

Stand visitors will be able to preview the Ranger Raptor Special Edition due to arrive later this year. Just 250 will be available in the UK featuring matte black racing stripes edged with red lines. Red stitching is featured inside.

Ranger chassis-cab will also be on display equipped with the VFS tipper conversion.

A range of vehicles from Ford’s line-up of One Stop Shop Qualified Vehicle Modifiers will be on display. This will include the MS-RT light CV range, VFS Transit L5 low-floor Luton, Clark’s welfare van and controlled temperature conversions from Paneltex.


Isuzu launched the new D-Max pickup range earlier this year featuring a stronger chassis and faster engaging shift-on-the-fly 4WD system. A rear diff-lock becomes standard on DL20, DL40 and V-Cross models. A comprehensive suite of advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) is standard across the range.

Show visitors will probably seek out the entry level Utility trim models, aimed at working customers. It is available in 4x2 and 4x4 format with a choice of three cab sizes: single, extended and double cab.

Standard equipment includes automatic headlights with high beam assist, automatic windscreen wipers, speed-sensitive power steering, a DAB radio and engine stop/start system. ADAS equipment includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Traffic sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Limiter and Lane Departure Warning and Prevention. Double Cab models also gain Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring and Emergency Lane Keeping.

Utility models feature vinyl flooring, steel wheels and hard-wearing black plastic bumpers, door mirrors and door handles.

DL20 and DL40 models gain a standard rear diff lock, while automatic transmission is available too, which also adds Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist to the standard equipment. DL20 equipment includes heated front seats, rear parking sensors, front fog lights and a front centre armrest as well as 18” alloy wheels.

DL40 models include LED lighting, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as dual-zone climate control. V-Cross tops the D-Max model range with a range of further enhancements.


Land Rover will be exhibiting at the CV Show and the stand will include Defender 90 and 110 Hard Top models as well as the Discovery Commercial. Defender Hard Top will be making its CV Show debut.

The Hard Top Defender range of 90 and 110 models was launched last autumn, offering 1.36m3 and 2.1m3 of load space respectively. 90 models offer payloads up to 670kg while 110 models provide between 778kg and 800kg. 110 models can accommodate a standard Euro pallet. A side hinged tailgate gives access to the load area.

The flat floor offers up to six lashing points, while lockable underfloor storage areas provide 58 litres of concealed storage space at the rear of the load floor. 110 models gain additional underfloor storage space where the footwell would be for rear seat passengers in the car variant, boosting underfloor storage capacity to 155 litres. The standard full-height bulkhead includes four hooks in the load area.

In the cab, two seats are standard with an optional central jump seat. 90 Hard Top models are only available in Defender specification with fabric seats and rubber floor coverings. 110 Hard Top customers can choose from Defender, S, SE and HSE specification offering ascending levels of specification. Standard ADAS systems include Land Rover’s 3D Surround Camera system.

Independent suspension by coils is standard with electronic air suspension optional on the 110, which can raise ground clearance to 291mm, offering approach, breakover and departure angles of 38, 28 and 40 degrees. Towing capacity is 3,500kg and Defender Hard Top can provide a wading height of 900mm.

All models are equipped with Land Rover’s Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system which will vector the appropriate torque to the appropriate drive wheels. Standard transmission is an eight-speed automatic with two-speed transfer case.

Defender 90 Hard Top models are powered by the 200hp D200 in-line six-cylinder Ingenium diesel offering 500Nm of torque. 110 Hard Top customers have a choice of the 249hp D250 or 300hp D300 Ingenium in line six-cylinder diesels.


LEVC will also be making its CV Show debut with two examples of the VN5 medium van on its stand, one standard van and the other demonstrating the VN5 converted range. The British-built VN5 was launched late last year. Construction features a bonded aluminium monocoque with sheet moulded compound (SMC) body panels.

The body provides up to 5.5m3 capacity and a gross payload of 830kg. The range extender powertrain gives the VN5 an electric range of up to 58 miles for emission-free city driving. Using the 1.5-litre range extender petrol engine will provide a combined range of over 300 miles.

VN5 is available in Business, City and Ultima trim and LEVC offers six option packs including Comfort and Safety. The warranty covers the van for five years/150,000 miles and the battery comes with an eight year/150,000-mile warranty.


The E-Ducato launched a few months ago will be at the centre of the Fiat stand at the CV Show. The range includes both van and chassis cab. models. Three van body lengths (L2, L3 and L4) are on offer with three roof heights (H1, H2 and H3), no L1 models will be produced meaning E-Ducato will offer body volumes between 10m3 and 17m3. Van models will offer payloads up to 1,885kg.

E-Ducato offers a choice of 47kWh and 79kWh batteries, providing a WLTP combined range of between 88 and 175 miles. Power comes from a 90kW (122hp) electric motor producing 280Nm of torque. To optimise driving range, a 62mph speed limiter will be fitted.

Charging options include AC charging from a wallbox or domestic socket and DC rapid charging from the public charging network. E-Ducato is equipped with regenerative braking to charge the battery when on the overrun and braking. Three driving modes are available; Normal, to provide a balance between performance and economy, Eco to limit acceleration and de-activate the air conditioning to conserve range and Power to provide full performance. An emergency “Turtle” mode can be activated if the battery is nearly exhausted.

Standard and eTecnico trim are available. Standard includes a five-inch touchscreen with DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, a tablet holder, USB charging port, steel front bulkhead, electric, heated door mirrors, automatic lights and wipers. For eTecnico trim, equipment also includes a seven-inch touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, rear parking camera with reversing sensors, blind spot and rear cross path detection and front fog lights. The battery carries an eight year/100,000 miles warranty for 47kWh models and 10 years/135,000 miles for 79kWh variants.


The Chinese van manufacturer formerly known as LDV will have an all-electric line-up on its stand at the CV Show. Electric variants of the e DELIVER 3 and the larger e DELIVER 9 will both be on display.

The smaller e DELIVER 3 can cover up to 213 miles fully charged. The van is powered by a 92kW (123bhp) electric motor and two battery options are available, either 35kWh or 52.5kWh. Rapid charging will provide an 80 per cent charge in 40 minutes. The newest variant in the range, the long wheelbase chassis cab will be on display at the show before going on sale in the autumn. A refrigerated e DELIVER 3 conversion will also be on display.

The larger e DELIVER 9, can travel up to 219 miles on a single charge and is powered by a 150kW (201bhp) motor. Maxus offers three battery options for the model, 51.5kWh, 72kWh or 88.6kWh. Rapid charging will restore 80 per cent of charge in around 45 minutes. Among the e DELIVER 9 models on display there will be medium and long wheelbase chassis cabs and a medium wheelbase bus.


The face-lifted Musso pickup will make its CV Show debut, having been launched in recent months, with a more prominent front grille distinguishing it from earlier models. In other respects, the Musso range is much the same with a choice of EX, Rebel, Saracen and Rhino LWB. All models except the Rhino LWB offer a load bed length of 1,300mm while the Rhino LWB offers 1,610mm, the longest pickup bed available compared with its rivals.

All models can carry a one-tonne payload. Manual models can tow a braked trailer of 3,200kg or 3,500kg for models equipped with automatic transmission. All models come with alloy wheels, DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, manual air conditioning, remote central locking, rain sensing wipers and automatic headlight control. All carry a seven year/150,000-mile warranty.

SsangYong will also display a Rexton SUV converted by Bespoke Traffic and Highway Solutions to meet police specifications.


Toyota will launch the Proace City Electric, due on sale later this year, at the CV Show. The van will be equipped with a 50kWh battery pack and be powered by 100kW (134hp) electric motor. The show will also give the Proace Electric its CV Show debut since its launch earlier this year. The Proace Electric is offered with a choice of 50kWh or 75kWh battery pack, giving a range of up to 205 miles.

In addition to the electric vans, Toyota will be exhibiting its complete light CV range. Both Land Cruiser Commercial and the latest Hilux pickup, launched earlier this year will be on display. The latest Hilux is available with single, Extra and Doble Cab variants and a choice of 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre diesel power. It can carry a payload of up to 1,030kg and all models can tow a 3,500kg trailer.

Land Cruiser Commercial is available with both long and short wheelbase options and can carry a payload of up to 756kg and tow trailers up to 3,000kg. Models are equipped with permanent all-wheel-drive and a choice of manual or automatic transmission.

New Toyota Hilux Invincible (top) & Proace City Electric (bottom)


The Combo-e and Movano-e will make their global debuts at the CV Show, along with two other new arrivals for the UK-based van maker. Combo-e shares its componentry with the Citroën ë-Berlingo and Peugeot e-Partner, including the 50kWh battery pack and 100kW (136hp) electric motor. Combo-e should be able to cover up to 171 miles on a full charge.

Movano offers up to 17m3 of load space and can travel up to 139 miles on a single charge. Movano-e will be available with a range of body options.

Visitors to the Vauxhall stand will also be able to see the Vivaro-e Hydrogen, which will be making its UK debut at the CV Show. Based on the Vivaro-e, the under-floor battery pack is replaced with hydrogen cylinders which combine with oxygen inside the fuel cell to generate electricity. Vivaro-e Hydrogen will use a small battery pack to start off then switch to the fuel cell once it is moving. It should be able to travel up to 249 miles on a full tank and take around three minutes to refuel.

The Vivaro-e Platform Cab Concept will also be seen for the first time. Equipped with Paneltex controlled-temperature bodywork, the display vehicle is designed for supermarket home delivery-type operations.

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