Citroën Dispatch Second generation
|Also called||Citroën jumpy
|Production||January 2007 – present|
Indonesia: Jakarta (Gaya Motors; 2011–present)
The second generation gained an increase in cargo space and more body styles over the older generation. It was launched in November 2006, with deliveries beginning in principal markets in January 2007.
Customers can choose 89bhp, 126bhp and 161bhp versions of the Dispatch, although pre-2009 models are offered with 89bhp, 126bhp and 161bhp. The 89bhp version uses a 1.6HDi engine which is responsive enough for local multi-drop work, but not so good for covering hundreds of miles a week on the motorway. Both the more powerful models use versions of a 2.0 HDi engine and the 126bhp version should be more than adequate for most jobs. The top engine is the HDi with 161bhp. Although it has grown, the Dispatch still doesn't feel like a big van on the road and is relatively nimble around tight bends, with surefooted behaviour and accurate steering. Engine noise is fairly muted, but choosing a full bulkhead (standard in enterprise specification) rather than the standard ladder bulkhead will reduce vibration further.
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Cargo capacity on the 2007 Dispatch goes up from 4.0 cubic metres on the old panel van to a minimum of 5.0 cubic metres. Long wheelbase and high roof versions offer 6.0 and 7.0 cubic metres respectively demonstrating that the Dispatch has much broader appeal than before. Payloads are also increased with a minimum of 1,000kg and the choice of upgrading to a 1,200kg version. Some models come with a full-length roof compartment for storing long items such as pipes or rods. Air suspension can also be chosen as an option to vary the load height offering easier access to the cargo area. Temperature controlled versions were added to the range in May 2007 for businesses needing fridge vans, available through Citroen using selected van conversion specialists. Tail-lift and glass-carrying versions of the Dispatch, as well as racking systems for inside the cargo area, are also available.
The model received a slight facelift in 2012, which changed the grille and front bumper.