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With A Viscous Coupling For Life: Test Of The Peugeot Traveler 4x4 Minivan

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With A Viscous Coupling For Life: Test Of The Peugeot Traveler 4x4 Minivan
With A Viscous Coupling For Life: Test Of The Peugeot Traveler 4x4 Minivan

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Video: Peugeot Traveller 4x4 2023, February
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I am sure that if the PS concern in Russia were doing well, we would not have written the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 test soon. Not because our market does not need such minivans - they are needed, albeit in modest quantities. And the car itself is quite interesting … The point is different: the French themselves would not have reached the hands of actively promoting such niche cars soon. And even more so before they are assembled at the company's Russian plant

Why does a minivan even need four-wheel drive? In Europe, it can be useful in the mountains or in the outback - for transporting tourists or workers on bad roads. That is why the demand for such machines in European markets is modest. So much so that Peugeot and Citroen do not produce them at all, but only … sell them. The French entrusted the production of 4x4 versions to Dangel, their "court studio". They take a ready-made front-wheel drive car and install new components for an all-wheel drive platform.

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Side mirrors too small for a minivan, Peugeot has limited rearward visibility
Side mirrors too small for a minivan, Peugeot has limited rearward visibility
The headlights in the Active package are halogen, and their light is so-so. Turns are illuminated by foglights
The headlights in the Active package are halogen, and their light is so-so. Turns are illuminated by foglights
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In Russian conditions, all-wheel drive is much more in demand, and PS sales in Russia are still much lower than desired. And so the French decided on a bold move - to launch the production of four-wheel drive minivans right on the main conveyor in Kaluga!

Structurally, “our” Peugeot Traveler 4x4 is no different from the European one: the same components are used to turn a minivan into an “off-road vehicle”. Four-wheel drive is simple here: a power take-off gearbox is docked to a manual gearbox, the moment from which is transmitted to the rear wheels through a three-section propeller shaft with a pair of intermediate bearings, a viscous coupling and an inter-wheel differential. In France, Dangel can also install a rear axle lock, on request, but we are not offered it yet.

With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan

Viscous coupling and all other units are manufactured by GKN. Structurally, the viscous coupling, of course, is already outdated, and its main drawback, in comparison with modern electronic systems, is its slowness. Because to block it, a significant difference in the speed of rotation of the wheels of the two axles is required: the wheels on the front axle begin to slip, the temperature of the fluid in the viscous coupling increases, the fluid thickens and the moment flows to the rear wheels. And to put it simply, you can get stuck on a machine with a viscous coupling before the rear wheels start to work.

But the unit also has advantages - simplicity of design, reliability and relatively low price. And in the case of the Peugeot Traveler, there is also the ability to implant four-wheel drive with minimal interference with the electronics. After all, the only thing that makes it different from the Traveler 4x4 is the different ESP settings.

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Dangel's all-wheel drive design has long been worked out - the 4x4 versions for Peugeot Partner and Boxer are made in the same way.

In addition to the new transmission, the minivan also received a "package for bad roads": the ground clearance increased by 20 mm (up to 200 mm), and only with the help of spacers - above the springs and shock absorbers and between the body and the front subframe. The steering shaft was also lengthened to accommodate the new geometry.

Along with all-wheel drive, minivans are equipped with serious metal protection covering the power unit, gas tank and rear gearbox
Along with all-wheel drive, minivans are equipped with serious metal protection covering the power unit, gas tank and rear gearbox
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan

This option allowed the French to do without costly fine-tuning and chassis readjustments. The body is raised, but the heavy components of the all-wheel drive transmission under the floor have kept the center of gravity practically at the same level. All-wheel drive itself, complete with additional underbody protection, added only 85 kg of curb weight to the car. In general, a Traveler 4x4 should drive on asphalt like a regular minivan. Moreover, here you can forcibly turn off the drive to the rear wheels: to the left of the steering wheel on the panel there is a washer for selecting driving modes, and in the Eco position in the power take-off gearbox, a compact cam clutch opens, disabling the propeller shaft and allowing you to save a glass or two of diesel fuel on a good road …

The washer is generally the only thing that distinguishes the interior of the all-wheel drive version from the usual one. In Russia, the Traveler 4x4 is offered in the only Active configuration, with eight seats and two body options - standard or extended.But this is not the most luxurious version - for example, it does not have navigation, leather upholstery or panoramic roof. But what is available is quite enough for traveling and simply transporting large companies - the salon is spacious and easily transformed.

The salon is assembled from hard plastic and without any special design problems. Although there is at least one - these are the cupholders in the corners of the front panel. You need to reach out to them, and a normal glass of coffee will not fit in them
The salon is assembled from hard plastic and without any special design problems. Although there is at least one - these are the cupholders in the corners of the front panel. You need to reach out to them, and a normal glass of coffee will not fit in them
In the Active configuration, the seats are equipped with a chain fabric upholstery and mechanical adjustments. Armrest - only one per seat
In the Active configuration, the seats are equipped with a chain fabric upholstery and mechanical adjustments. Armrest - only one per seat
The seat heating, as usual with the French, can only be adjusted by touch
The seat heating, as usual with the French, can only be adjusted by touch
The seats of the second and third rows move back and forth, change the backrest tilt and easily remove from the passenger compartment. They are divided in a ratio of 40:60. There are sliding doors on both sides, but without electric drives
The seats of the second and third rows move back and forth, change the backrest tilt and easily remove from the passenger compartment. They are divided in a ratio of 40:60. There are sliding doors on both sides, but without electric drives
Folding tables are provided for passengers of the second row
Folding tables are provided for passengers of the second row
In the Eco mode, the drive is strictly to the front wheels, which saves a little diesel fuel - for "commerce", and there are a lot of them among buyers, this can be important. There is no noticeable difference in the behavior of the car on asphalt depending on the position of the washer
In the Eco mode, the drive is strictly to the front wheels, which saves a little diesel fuel - for "commerce", and there are a lot of them among buyers, this can be important. There is no noticeable difference in the behavior of the car on asphalt depending on the position of the washer
Another glaring puncture of the designers is the internal recess-handle on the windowsill. But everyone will pull the door by the top pocket - it's more natural and convenient
Another glaring puncture of the designers is the internal recess-handle on the windowsill. But everyone will pull the door by the top pocket - it's more natural and convenient
The "mechanics" lever lacks clarity. And diesel often makes you refer to it
The "mechanics" lever lacks clarity. And diesel often makes you refer to it
The instrument panel can hardly be called an interior decoration and an example of information content. Good thing it has a digital speedometer
The instrument panel can hardly be called an interior decoration and an example of information content. Good thing it has a digital speedometer
The multimedia system in the Active package is modest: radio, Bluetooth, 1 USB and 8 speakers
The multimedia system in the Active package is modest: radio, Bluetooth, 1 USB and 8 speakers
There are two glove compartments, and both are too small by the standards of minivans
There are two glove compartments, and both are too small by the standards of minivans
It seems that the engineers remembered about the spare tire at the last moment. But company representatives promised to think about another placement
It seems that the engineers remembered about the spare tire at the last moment. But company representatives promised to think about another placement
There is another small rear-view mirror in the cabin - for looking after young passengers
There is another small rear-view mirror in the cabin - for looking after young passengers

Although the ergonomics in general can not be called ideal. If we take the Volkswagen Multivan, which is popular with us, as a reference, in a French car the driver's seat is installed lower, the steering wheel is more vertical, and in general, the landing is not such a bus. It's good. However, the profile of the seat itself is less comfortable - not all backs will withstand a long trip. The speedometer is according to the French tradition with "odd" digitization, and the mirrors are just tiny by the standards of minivans.

On the highway, the influence of all-wheel drive is not felt, and the A / T tires installed on the test Traveler 4x4 do not fully assess the handling. They make more noise and probably blur the reaction of the car to the turns of the steering wheel, and make the ride harder. But even with them, the minivan leaves quite a pleasant experience! The rolls in corners, despite the raised body, are moderate, understeer is tolerable and insufficient - at the entrance to the bend Peugeot does not rest, willingly changing direction. The steering response is average, with a slightly blurred "zero", possibly again due to the tires.

In general, the aforementioned Multivan is more interesting to drive, but the Traveler is noticeably softer and more comfortable - it does not have to brake to the floor in front of every speed bump.

With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan

But off-road, the four-wheel drive works. And it works well. The test track was laid right through the fields overgrown with weeds. And after the next winter thaw, this is an insidious coating. The top layer of turf is easily peeled off by the wheels and very quickly the track turns into a mud mess, cut by ruts. But the Traveler 4x4 confidently crawls forward and climbs the slopes more willingly than other crossovers suffering from overheating of transmissions. Of course, off-road tires help out in these conditions. And even if the car suddenly starts to bury itself in the muddy soil, then you just need to stop in time, turn on the reverse and back it up. It is more difficult on descents: the minivan does not have an electronic assistant, and you have to slide down the hill on it like on a sled, with locked wheels.

With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan

Delays in the actuation of the viscous coupling, if any, do not interfere on soggy soil. The main thing for the driver is to choose the right pace and gear in the box. So that both traction was with a margin, and wheel slip was not too strong. This is not an easy task: the Traveler 4x4 is equipped with a 150-horsepower engine, which at its peak has as much as 370 Nm of torque, but a narrow diesel operating range. The “wadded” lever of a mechanical box with long strokes and fuzzy shifting adds to the difficulties. The clutch pedal, by the way, also requires a habit - the discs close sharply. This would be an "automatic" … However, the automatic transmission on Traveler & Co is made by Aisin, and it will be too difficult and expensive to try to dock the French four-wheel drive with the Japanese gearbox.

After all, an all-wheel drive Traveler 4x4 is already worth a decent price - almost three million. More precisely, from 2,699,900 rubles for a car with a standard body or from 2,749,900 rubles for the Long version. This is 300 thousand more expensive than similarly equipped front-wheel minivans with automatic transmission (with "mechanics" in Russia they sell only 95-horsepower cars).

With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan
With a viscous coupling for life: test of the Peugeot Traveler 4x4 minivan

Expensive? In comparison with seven-seater crossovers - not very much. As well as in comparison with direct competitors. The simplest all-wheel drive Volkswagen, not even the Caravella, but the Transporter Combi, with a similar level of equipment, confidently overcomes the three million mark. Hyundai H-1 in Russia is sold only with rear wheel drive. It turns out that the Peugeot Traveler / Citroen SpaceTourer pair is the cheapest four-wheel drive in this class so far.

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