Gruelling test drive Dispatched Citroën style by World Rally Championship stars Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle

Citroën World Rally Championship pairing Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle gave the Dispatch van a thorough

Citroën World Rally Championship pairing Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle gave the Dispatch van a thorough test. - Credit: Citroen

New Citroën Dispatch, the latest addition to the marque's award-winning LCV range, was put through its paces by FIA World Rally Championship pairing Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle on a rally stage to demonstrate its capabilities.

With 600,000 sales since launch in 1995, Citroën Dispatch has stepped into a new era and made a generational leap with the New Citroën Dispatch.

Harnessing more than 80 years of experience in light commercial vehicles, Citroën provides solutions adapted to all motoring users. An essential partner for professionals and 'everyday heroes', New Citroën Dispatch was designed with efficiency and user-friendliness in mind.

Putting New Citroën Dispatch to the ultimate test, to highlight its robustness, versatility and advanced technologies, Citroën recruited the help of its FIA World Rally Championship crew.

WRC stars Meeke and Nagle gave New Citroën Dispatch a thorough shakedown, on a specially-prepared rally handling stage.

Meeke said: 'I'm impressed, that was really good – I enjoyed it. With slippery conditions on the stage, New Dispatch coped really well. It gave me the stability I needed in the corners, with great handling, which made it easy and fun to drive.'

The design of New Citroën Dispatch was inspired by the world of passenger cars and sport utility vehicles. Its styling is fluid and practical, with the all-new modular platform meaning that New Citroën Dispatch is available in three lengths. The XS is 4.6m long – a compact first in this segment – M is 4.94m, and XL, available early next year. is 5.3m. New Citroën Dispatch also offers up to 6.6 cubic metres of load volume.

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With an optional hands-free function, the sliding side doors open and close without having to touch them, an exclusive feature in this segment. Simply pass your foot under the corner of the rear bumper and the vehicle unlocks, with the door on the side where you are standing opening automatically. This simplifies loading and unloading for when you have your hands full.

New Citroën Dispatch offers safe, easy and stress-free driving. Besides useful everyday functions like hands-free entry and start, New Citroën Dispatch also features technology such as Mirror Screen smartphone connectivity that makes travelling easier.

An exclusive feature is the seven-inch colour touchscreen which displays a 180-degree overhead view from the reversing camera, meanwhile Citroën Connect Nav – the new 3D connected navigation system – can be operated by voice control.

New Citroën Dispatch is available from £22,508 on the road.

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