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Peugeot Traveller with all-wheel drive: test drive off-road

Kaluga plant PSA is the only company where the rear-wheel drive commercial Peugeot and Citroens put right on the Assembly line.Cyril Mileshkin “Behind the wheel”

The people working in the PSA was an example of courage and optimism. While most fashion brands carefully calculate whether or not to carry to us potentially not the mass model, and more often decide to postpone, Peugeot and Citroen stubbornly rolled into the showrooms, new products, annual sales of which are likely to be piece. “Merge” companies, closing factories ready, and PSA in the peak GM for the year brings newly acquired Opel in the plus and return it to Russia.

At the plant “PSMA Rus” life hardly glimmers. French cars were collected in hour on a teaspoon, Mitsubishi after the transition under the wing of the Renault-Nissan Alliance is preparing to packing. And still new — this is a localized opalewski “businessmen” Vivaro and the Zafira Life. Their “Gemini” Citroen Jumpy/Peugeot Expert and SpaceTourer/Traveller, meanwhile, got all-wheel drive versions!

Peugeot Traveller 4×4Peugeot Traveller 4×4

Whose will?

To whom is addressed polnoprivodnyj? No matter how tortured the representatives of Peugeot, never got an answer. As a family car for trips and daily travel vans in Russia use the same units. A business owner is unlikely to be so invested in the care of the drivers that apply to them four-wheel drive.

But if you look at the statistics, 50% of the segment of light vans is polnoprivodnyj! However, the secret is simple: in the segment ruled by the “loaf” yeah Nizhny Novgorod Sables — first come only with four-wheel drive, and the Sables with all-wheel drive also have the demand. Among the buyers of foreign cars for 4×4 pay comparatively few.

The dashboard four-wheel drive entity does not issue: washer powertrain control hiding on the left under the steering wheel. Lever manual transmission is very similar to the DSG selector.The dashboard four-wheel drive entity does not issue: washer powertrain control hiding on the left under the steering wheel. Lever manual transmission is very similar to the DSG selector.

Multimedia system display and shearling seat heating forced from me a tear of nostalgia. Since the Peugeot 307 twenty years ago they have not changed. Even heating switch not descended from the French the sacred places in the blind spot next to my pillow.Multimedia system display and shearling seat heating forced from me a tear of nostalgia. Since the Peugeot 307 twenty years ago they have not changed. Even heating switch not descended from the French the sacred places in the blind spot next to my pillow.

And yet, in the Moscow office of the PSA saw some prospects. And the motivation was so convincing that Russia put on a special position. Because of its own mechanical or electronic all-wheel drive have no PSA (before the crossovers Citroen and Peugeot was made on the basis of Mitsubishi). Now in Europe all-wheel drive ensures only expensive hybrid technology — second axis winds the motor.

And there’s a long-standing partner company Dangel. It adjusts the all-wheel drive transmission, all commercial models PSA (including fresh Opel) and Fiat Ducato. In Europe, the specialists of the company Dangel do the trick on its own manufacture where rework is already ready cars. Kaluga plant PSA is the only company where the rear-wheel drive put directly on the Assembly line. Sensible solution: technically, the procedure is not very complicated, and to haul cars for revision in Europe — will not nanosilica.

Peugeot Traveller conquers practicality. Especially a lot of places for tripe around the right front passenger. Even in doors it is possible to lose something!Peugeot Traveller conquers practicality. Especially a lot of places for tripe around the right front passenger. Even in doors it is possible to lose something!

Old school

Full mechanical drive with cardan shaft and viscous coupling. Located in the front PTO is connected pneumatically. Via the propeller shaft with two intermediate supports and the coupling thrust comes on the rear pair of wheels. Cardan requires to install the original fuel tank and stabilizer bar.

To understand that the version 4×4 the city not only for confidence on slippery pavement, you can just search under the bottom. Steel plates protect closed almost everything! From the crankcase to the front brake hoses and gear at the stern. And with 160 to 200 mm increased ground clearance. Cost minimum investments: corny put in suspension front and rear spacers with a thickness of 40 mm. So that all the elements of the chassis are the same as and in monoprivodnom version. Only the steering shaft had slightly lengthened.

In the second row cushion is divided in the ratio 1:2 and, respectively, adjustable in length in two parts. But the backrest is configured at each of the three places individually.In the second row cushion is divided in the ratio 1:2 and, respectively, adjustable in length in two parts. But the backrest is configured at each of the three places individually.

One of the disadvantages of all-wheel drive performance: the spare tire out from under the bottom moved to the trunk. It is, however, a large, space remains sufficient.One of the disadvantages of all-wheel drive performance: the spare tire out from under the bottom moved to the trunk. It is, however, a large, space remains sufficient.

The driver is free to choose purely front-wheel driving mode or full automatic plug. Plus changed the algorithm of ESP, adding simulate cross-axle lock. In sum, all new nodes have reported growth in the mass of 80-90 kg.

Mud bath

From the test drive I was not expecting much. Been there, done that: a few bumps, down the lift, light the primer… I’m Sure it all meant. But the dirt road was pretty watered the December rains. And Peugeot Traveller dunked in not the usual terms.

The last massive use of visco noted on Volkswagen Syncro versions. Their era ended in 1990‑e years and had to give way to faster systems. While the working fluid thick and “glue” the shaft, the machine runs the risk of dig. Therefore, before departure on priming us for asphalt site has shown that there is nothing to fear.

Roller platforms under the front wheels of four-wheel drive Traveller moves down without a problem.Roller platforms under the front wheels of four-wheel drive Traveller moves down without a problem.

Came at her… he couldn’t believe his eyes. There are two roller platforms — exactly-in‑exactly our sarulesti on which we test the entire drive. Slip the front axle of the Traveller did not stop: after minimal wheelspin van confidently moved forward. With the “diagonal” coped better. Even in front wheel drive configuration! Here’s an electronic simulation…

Brand shooting the representatives of Peugeot have done on the location in advance. Primer, as you can see, was scary. And the photo made on the day of the test.Brand shooting the representatives of Peugeot have done on the location in advance. Primer, as you can see, was scary. And the photo made on the day of the test.

This Traveller looked like after the first round. Some sites overcome with difficulty.This Traveller looked like after the first round. Some sites overcome with difficulty.

To be safe, the organizers have put vans in the “godici”. Whether the cars on road tires (even winter), the off-road part, I think, would be canceled.To be safe, the organizers have put vans in the “godici”. Whether the cars on road tires (even winter), the off-road part, I think, would be canceled.

After such a demonstration of the mud puddle I went confident. A light crust of ice on the pavement driveways clearly showed all the charm of a full drive. With traction only on the front axle Peugeot Traveller, as expected, blows out. In 4WD mode the help of the second pair of wheels is enough to keep the turn significantly more speed.

In a muddy rut I tried, really she’s so slippery, I think. Indeed, the efforts of the front wheels is not enough to make the vehicle move. Not helped even the tires are BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A — they insure the car for the period of the test.

I was on a route where you had to crawl, desperately turning all the wheels. And then to fly into a small rise with multiple visits.

Difficult way to the asphalt

My colleague with half an ear listened to the briefing for the second part. They say that there is a complex: ride on asphalt, road friends — don’t get lost. As it turned out, did not need to trust the Navigator to go a smooth way.

First ran into a non-existent village crossing. And nowhere to turn! Went the path trodden by the herd from a nearby farm. It’s getting dark, the route was out around the impassable mud. But the Traveller, prepackages on the roof, was taken.

So the viscous coupling and four-wheel drive on the van with pretty painted bumpers rule!

The bottom view makes me think that at you serious expedition SUV. No, the French van! Protection covered everything that can be damaged. If 200 mm of ground clearance is not enough to cling to the relief of the belly can be safely.The bottom view makes me think that at you serious expedition SUV. No, the French van! Protection covered everything that can be damaged. If 200 mm of ground clearance is not enough to cling to the relief of the belly can be safely.

On the asphalt part of the program we all got out. Impression greased convulsing wheels, caked with mud. Nevertheless, it is obvious that modifications unavailable monoprovodu a bunch of 150 HP diesel engine and six-speed mechanics — excellent on-trail option. Strong acceleration gives the Traveller from 1500 Rev/min, although the passport peak torque of 370 N·m only available from 2000 rpm.

Box is good with light settings. The first transmission long enough, do not cause discomfort. Clarity I noticed even on the roads when it was necessary, disperse, move quickly from first to second or, alternatively, skinov on the rise, tuck the first. The transmission is allowed to do it with virtually no loss of traction.

With the insulation in order in the first row. The farther away from the engine compartment becoming even quieter. A passengers block your climate, blinds, adjustable seats. In General, now I’m tempted to go on a distant voyage. For example, paysite Peter, enjoying the efficiency of a diesel engine. Then further to the North, where they will reveal their potential to connect a full drive. And at the end a try on swept the lane to the house. I hope this winter there will be some snow.

Smart diesel, good permeability Only manual transmission

4×4 is…

The units of the company Dangel put only 150 HP Peugeot and Citroen with a six-speed mechanics. On monoprinting vans have this combination and transmission 4×2, but minibuses like this motor comes only with the automatic. It is technically easy to make friends automatic gearbox with cardan shaft, but in Europe, this option does not exist in principle. And for our market to do it no rush: the demand is scanty.

A cargo version with all-wheel drive more expensive counterparts with front wheel for 450 thousand rubles (from 2.15 to 2.25 million). On passenger cars Supplement less due to the difference in boxes — 350 thousand rubles (from 2.7 to 2.75 million). Expensive!

The competition in the Russian market there are no buses cheaper. Volkswagen Transporter starts about the same amounts, but due to the variety of versions of his prices go way up. Vans 4×4 in a million Gazelles and more expensive with a slightly smaller gap bypass cost Volkswagen Caddy. All the others, since localized in Tatarstan Ford Transit less accessible.

Peugeot Traveller 4×4

Length / width / height / base 4956 / 1920 / 1980 / 3275 (5036 / 1920 / 1988 / 3275) * mmCurb weight 2256 (2284) kgLuggage capacity (VDA) 603-3061 (989-3497) lEngine diesel, R4, 16 valve, 1997 cm3; 110 kW/150 HP at 4000 rpm; 370 N·m at 2,000 rpmacceleration 0-100 km/h in 13.3 witha Maximum speed of 170 km/hFuel/fuel diesel fuel/69 lfuel Consumption: combined cycle of 7.4 l/100 kmDriveline all-wheel drive; M6

* In brackets — the data differ the long version.

Peugeot Traveller with all-wheel drive: test drive off-road

Kaluga plant PSA is the only company where the rear-wheel drive commercial Peugeot and Citroens put right on the Assembly line.

Peugeot Traveller with all-wheel drive: test drive off-road

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Kaluga plant PSA is the only company where the rear-wheel drive commercial Peugeot and Citroens put right on the Assembly line.

Peugeot Traveller with all-wheel drive: test drive off-road

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